September 2018
Dear MNC member
Our AGM was held on 30th August with a good attendance. We welcome the 2018 Management Committee: Greg Williams (President), Nicole Hilton (Vice President), Barry Smith (Treasurer), Katharine Fernance (Secretary) and board members Tim Bagshaw, Ray James, Colin Dixon, Frances Harper, Margaret McKenzie and Jim Straker. Thank you to all who nominated.
     Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44. This is a shocking statistic and MNC is particularly proactive in helping to increase the community's awareness of this issue.
   The Maleny Youth Festival is coming up next week – we'd love to see you there!
– Karen Sheiles & Wendy Oakley, editors

(10 Sept) and World Suicide Prevention Day (13 Sept)

In Australia suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44. 2,866 people died from suicide in Australia in 2016 and each year over 65,000 Australians make a suicide attempt. (RUOK website, Lifeline, Blackdog Institute)
     All these are dire statistics and we as a community have been all too familiar with suicide. MNC has been focused on suicide prevention and giving locals the tools or strategies to assist someone at risk, especially through our SafeTALK training.
The key things to assist someone who is in trouble are:
There are protective factors that make us more resilient and can reduce suicidal behaviour, such as:
  • supportive social relationships
  • a sense of control
  • a sense of purpose
  • family harmony
  • effective help-seeking
  • positive connections to good health services
Maleny R U OK Day, 12 September (see Upcoming Events below)

Barung helpers contribute to the MNC garden

As part of its Skilling Queenslanders for Work program, Barung has been at MNC in full swing; wielding picks, brushcutters and native tube stock in order to regenerate and clean up most of the gardens around the centre over the past month. MNC is grateful for their help and we love how beautiful it all looks.


Sheila Jenkins
I came to Maleny a year ago from the UK to be with my family, when I lost my husband. Coming to a new country and environment, it was important to me to integrate into the community.
     As I had always volunteered in my community, it was the obvious thing to do here. I investigated a number of organisations, including MNC. I received a very warm welcome and started volunteering in September last year.
     There is a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere, everybody is supportive of each other and there is a good rapport between staff and volunteers. The tasks are varied and I have made some really good friends. Come along and see for yourself, and there is plenty of tea and coffee!

Intensive training for young African leaders

MNC has been helping to support young future leaders of African agriculture. Twenty eight young Africans from eight different countries were in Maleny as part of their studies earlier this month. They are the 2018 recipients of prestigious Australia Awards to undertake six weeks intensive training in Australia as part of a nine month program.
     Back home, most of them work in disadvantaged rural communities, tackling problems such as poverty among smallholder farmers and youth unemployment. Their Maleny visit was part of a project to study the whole chain involved in dairy production, from consumers back to small family farms.

CHASM Housing fundraising for Homelessness Week 2018

CHASM Housing would like to thank Maleny locals for their generosity in donating $557 to assist homelessness in Maleny. CHASM donates all funds raised to the MNC emergency accommodation fund, which is used to purchase short term accommodation for homeless people. Thanks to the IGA for allowing us to have our fundraising table in front of the store for that week.
     CHASM and MNC are working together on an exciting new initiative for fundraising for Homelessness Week next year – more on this when our plans are further progressed.
View the CHASM website.
More info here
Residents of Sunstone Gardens: Bag of groceries
Maleny Uniting Church: Bag of groceries
Outridges, Maleny IGA: $5000 credit


PANTRY: Tins of baked beans, 1 litre UHT milk varieties and regular sized shampoo and conditioner
Blankets. $20 fuel vouchers & IGA vouchers still urgently needed

Upcoming events

R U OK day

Wednesday 12 September, 9am-12noon
Tesch Park, Maleny

MNC is inviting community organisations to participate in order to link with locals who are socially isolated and to make community connections.
For more information contact Nooreen/Andrew (07) 5499 9345
Friday 14 September, 3.30–9pm
Back in 2018, transforming the Centre into a magical gypsy encampment with music, food, stalls and workshops. Hosted by the Maleny Flexi School.
More info: Sammalen, Maleny Flexi School, 5429 6958
View the poster.
September noticeboard

Community lunch

Every Thursday, 12.30pm,
$5 donation if possible or help in the kitchen and contribute to the lunch.
Join us for a delicious lunch and meet other community members.

MNC Fix it Cafe

Thursday 13 and 27 September, 9am – 2.30pm. All non electrical items are able to be assessed for fixing.
Items need to be brought in on the day for initial assessment. Contact 5499 9345 for more info.

EPICC Maleny

Support for people with disabilities. Fridays 9.30am-3.30pm
View the poster here

Be Connected Cafe

Every second Friday, 9.30am–12.30pm, next session 14 September. For people aged 50+. Guidance developing IT skills. Contact 5499 9345. 

W2M Refugee Support Group

Meets first Monday of the month.
All welcome. 
Visit our Facebook page

Next LETS weekly office – 6 September

Every Thursday from 10.30am to 12.30pm
Next LETS market
8 September

Community Legal Outreach Service

Provides family and general law advice and referral services. (07) 5443 7827. 

CBC number 43356

 Just quote the CBC number above when making your groceries purchase, and proceeds will be donated to MNC.
More details

Compassionate Housing Affordability Solutions Maleny

Working to increase the supply of affordable housing
More info

Eckankar: HU chant and spiritual discussion theme

The Sound of Soul
As Soul, you have the God-knowledge within.
Wednesdays 6-7:30pm
What's on


• Centrelink – Homeless & Vulnerable Outreach Program
Every second Monday, 
9 –11am with Tony (If you are coming from a distance please phone MNC on 5499 9345 to check that Tony is here before you travel.)

• HELP Enterprises
Every second Monday, 9am - 3pm

• RangeCare Games Morning 
9.30am – 12 noon
Contact Janene 5429 6152

• Suncoast Community Legal – Free legal advice & service
For appointment phone 5443 7827or visit the website

• Welcome 2 Maleny 
First Monday of the month
4.30 – 6pm For more info email


• Justice of the Peace
To witness signatures of official documents
9.30am – 12.30pm

• Maleny Floral Art Group
Second Tuesday of the month, 9am – 12 noon 

• Qi Gong
Tuesdays, 2–3pm
Ph: 5429 6208


• ECKANKAR free events
Hu chant and spiritual discussion   
6 – 7.30pm
Contact Jennifer 0429 957 989 or 5496 5054

• Maleny Music at the MNC
Community music making and skill development program   
7 – 10pm
Contact Michael Whiticker 0419 026 895


• Community lunch
$5 donation if possible
Everyone welcome

• MNC FixIt Cafe
2nd and 4th Thursday, 9am – 2.30pm
 $5 donation per item.

• Justice of the Peace
To witness signatures of official documents
12.30 – 2.30pm

• LETS office
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, 10.30am – 12.30pm


Inclusive writing group for youth and adults with special needs
9am – 3pm (except school holidays)
Contact Sue 5499 9899 or Debbie 5499 9623

Every weekday 

• Flexi School
(except school holidays)

• Free Wi-Fi, computers available

• Counselling support
on request

• Lutheran Community Care- Partners in
Recovery Mental Health

Mon, Tue, Thur. Ring Hayley 0403400944 for appointment

• Rooms of all sizes
to rent 24 / 7 at affordable prices

• Phone use, photocopying
(charges apply)

• Emergency food relief – different support available, including the use of our washing machine and shower

Or just hang out here and have a cuppa!

MNC is offering local businesses the opportunity to advertise in our monthly newsletter which goes out to about 1700 people per month.You can contact Andrew our Admin Officer to discuss further.
If you would like to know more about volunteering at the Centre please contact the Volunteers Support worker.


Maleny Neighbourhood Centre is one of few centres that is only partly funded by State and Local government. The rest of our budget is covered through memberships, donations and fundraising. We would love you to join the Centre as a member. You can do that at our reception desk between the hours of 9am - 3pm weekdays or through the website

For more information
read more.
or donate by Paypal.
Thank you!
Maleny Neighbourhood Centre acknowledges assistance of funding from the Queensland Government Department of Communities Child Safety and Disability Services.
The Maleny Neighbourhood Centre acknowledges Sunshine Coast Council for their valuable support with a Partnership Grant for $15,000 which will assist with administration and operational costs.
Maleny Neighbourhood Centre proudly acknowledges local support from: 
• Sunshine Coast Council Community Partnership Funding Program
• Country Women's 
• Foundation Dental Services
• Coral Street dentist
• Ladies Friendship Group
• Lions Club of Maleny
• Maleny Super IGA
• Maleny and District Senior Citizens
• Maleny Anglican Church
• Maleny Baptist Church

• Maleny Presbyterian Church
• Maleny Uniting Church
• Maleny Catholic Ladies
• Maleny Chamber of Commerce
• Maleny Rotary
• Maleny Garden Club
• Maleny Quota
• Maleny Credit Union
• Montville Coffee
• Zonta Club of Blackall Range
• Maleny Bakery and Cafe
• Sunstone Gardens Home Owners Association
Disclaimer: MNC very much appreciates the support of the services that use our centre and advertise in our newsletter, however it does not in any way endorse any products or services advertised.

Deadline for articles for the October 2018 edition:
Thur 20 September. 
Send contributions to
The Maleny Neighbourhood Centre
17 Bicentenary Lane, Maleny Qld 4552
Opening hours: 
Monday – Friday 9am – 3pm.
Closed Public Holidays.
Phone: (07) 5499 9345
The Maleny Neighbourhood Centre acknowledges the Kabi Kabi and Jinabirra people, the traditional custodians, present, past and future, of the land where we live and work. 
MNC is part funded by the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Child Safety and the Sunshine Coast Council.
Editors: Karen Sheiles & Wendy Oakley
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