Open Day at Maleny Neighbourhood Centre
MNC AGM Report
Parenting Teenagers Workshop
Maleny Housing Projects
Volunteers needed
Advertise with us
Rotary Club Melbourne Cup Event - fundraising event AND lots of fun!

Forest Heart - Local Nursery Native Plants 
Integrated Family and Youth Services

Disclaimer: MNC very much appreciates the support of the services that use our centre and advertise in our newsletter, however does not in any way endorse any products or services advertised. 

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Maleny Neighbourhood News - October 2016

Hello <<First Name>>,

Come on down and see what we do here at the MNC - our Open Day is Thursday 27th October! Many of the services that use the centre, and those we provide, will be on display for you to see and experience.

We're gearing up to celebrate the Melbourne Cup with the Rotary Club of Maleny at Maleny Manor on Tues Nov 1st. Get sorted with those gorgeous hats, and book early for the best seats in town.

Open Day
Maleny Neighbourhood Centre

WHEN: Thursday 27 October 2016.
TIME: 10 am to 2 pm

Come and join us on our Open Day. Discover what happens here on a daily basis, and who meets at Maleny Neighbourhood Centre.

You’ll be surprised at the diversity of people and activities: from auspiced activities and MNC groups to services and local groups using the space, MNC is full of life. MNC could not function without a dedicated group of volunteers.

Come and drop in for a cuppa or for lunch.

Groups and organisations using the MNC will be represented in person or as a display on the day.

Also happening on the Open Day:
FIX IT CAFE: bring your items that need repair
COMMUNITY LUNCH: all welcome at 12.30pm for $5 donation if possible
CENTRELINK: Tony will be here for any query
EPICC: Empowering people with disabilities creative writing.
Read more here...

Suitable for anyone who has a pre-teen/teenager in their life who they hope to build a stronger relationship with.

Also taking expressions of interest for an after-hours group from 5-7pm.

People seeking low-cost accommodation are invited to meet and greet with hosts at 2.30pm on Tuesdays at The Marketplace Cafe - see notice above.

Invitation - Blackall Range Wellbeing Working Group

Are you interested in being involved in your community? Making a difference and building connections that support our most vulnerable?

Come along and share ideas that will help us build a stronger more resilient Blackall Range.

Get involved in fun events, support groups, activities and advocate for the unique needs of our communities.

The group meets monthly.  For more info email Anne at MNC.


Integrated Family and Youth Service recently relaunched its Indigenous Community and Kinship Service, D’Jinang Djaa with its new campaign “Murri Families for Murri Kids”

D'Jinang Djaa are currently looking for families on the Sunshine Coast who can care for a child in need and provide a stable and caring environment. 

You can find out more about the Murri Families for Murri Kids initiative on their Facebook page; website or phone 54383000



MNC is seeking volunteers who would like to give us some time either in the mornings or afternoons in the following areas.

The hours that would work well are 9.00 am until 12 pm, and 12 pm to 3.00 pm.  One or more days per week, just as much as you feel you can give, will be appreciated.

The areas where we currently need support include:
  • Front Desk reception
  • Admin work
  • Buildings and Grounds
  • Gardening
  • Fund-Raising
  • Events 
Any help you can give us would be very much appreciated. Contact Alison.

Melbourne Cup Lunch

Rotary Club of Maleny
Not to be missed! Fashion parade, lucky door prize, sweeps and calcutta, and of course, a prize for the most stylish hat! Enjoy all the fun of the big day at the lovely Maleny Manor venue.

The Rotary Club of Maleny is holding its annual Melbourne Cup Lunch on Tuesday 1st November at Maleny Manor from 11am to 3pm. As one of the two beneficiaries, Maleny Neighbourhood Centre is looking forward to this additional funding to provide essential services for its disadvantaged clients and assist with running some of our activities. 

Maleny Neighbourhood Centre  is grateful to Rotary Club of Maleny for choosing us as one of the three services to benefit from this fundraising. 

Tickets for the lunch can be purchased by phoning 0448 830 030 or by email.

Book early to reserve your space. For more information...

Share the Dignity

"Imagine sleeping rough, trying to find somewhere you and your meagre bundle won’t be moved on, when you realise your period has started." Read more...

MNC would like to extend a heartfelt "thank you" to Share the Dignity for providing a package of supplies for our Emergency Relief clients. We are very grateful to have these supplies to provide to the women in our community who need them.

Telehealth Parent Counselling Trial

The Telehealth Parent Counselling Trial is looking at telehealth video appointments (video conferencing) as a way of delivering parent counselling to families in rural, remote areas or those unable to access a Child Health Centre.

All counselling is provided by fully qualified professional social workers or psychologists known as Early Intervention Parenting Clinicians/Early Intervention Clinicians (EIPC/EICs). EIPC/EICs assist families with children aged 0 – 8 years where they are facing challenges in their parenting/caregiving, they are experiencing difficulties with their child’s emotions or behaviours or are facing other difficulties that are affecting their parenting abilities. Read more...

Maleny Local Business

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 Anne or Nooreen in our office to discuss further.
For more info...

Featured Events

Empowering Women to
Take Control Online

How to register?
The Office will be presenting this workshop hosted by Hinterland Community Development - a program of Caloundra Community Centre on:
Date: Thursday, 20 October 2016 
Time:   10.30am-12.30pm
Venue:   Maleny Neighbourhood Centre - 17 Bicentenary Lane, Maleny QLD
Please register your attendance by emailing:  Jayne Rhiannon 

For more information, view attached.

Rehearsals for Life

"Theatre is a vehicle of truth, creative expression and education."

A weekly workshop is held at Maleny Flexi School Art Shed on a Thursday evening 6 – 7:15pm/ *7:45pm (*Four Thursdays each term) during the school term. 

For more information, please contact Teula on 0423 199 005 or Facebook - Rehearsal For Real Life.   Read more...




Family Support - Wendy and Holly
Details in the side panel of this newsletter.
When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Time: 8 am to 4.00 midday

Centrelink - Homeless & Vulnerable Outreach Program
Every second Monday
Time: 9.00 - 11.00am with Tony.
(If you are coming from a distance please phone MNC to check that Tony is here before you travel.)

Blackall Range Care Games Morning Contact Janene 5429 6152
Time: 9.30 am - 12pm

Free legal advice & service - Suncoast Community Legal (every 2nd Mon.) 
Ph 5443 7827 for appointment

Free Grandma's Kitchen
Time: Tuesdays 11.30am to 1pm

APM Job Active Employment Services with Scott 
Time: from 9:00 am

APM Disability Services with Jo 
Time: from 8:00 am

Justice of the Peace - to witness signatures of official documents
Time: 9.30 am - 12.30 pm

Maleny Floral Art Group - (2nd Tuesday of the month)
Time: 9.00 am-12.00 noon 


Family Support - Wendy and Holly
Details in side panel of this newsletter
When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Time: 8 am to 4.00 midday

EKANKAR Free Events
Hu Chant and Spiritual Discussion   
Contact Jennifer Ph: 0429 957 989  or 5496 5054
Time: 6.00 - 7.30pm

FREE Haircuts
4th Wednesday every second month - make appts at MNC Front Desk

Community Solutions Disability Employment 
Contact: Liz  Ph: 5413 1555 for an appointment
Time: Midday - 5 pm

Family Support - Wendy and Holly
Details in side panel of this newsletter
When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Time: 8 am to 4.00 midday

Community Lunch ($5 donation) – EVERY THURSDAY 12.30pm

Fix It Cafe - 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
Items can be brought to MNC Front Desk Mon- Fri 9-3pm Except Sewing items and big items
Time: 9.00 am - 2.00 pm. $5 donation per item.

Justice of the Peace - to witness signatures of official documents
Time: 12.30 am - 2.30 pm

Restorative Circle Practice Group
When: 3rd Thursday of each month
Time: 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm

Maleny Men’s Group
Ph: Rob Clark  0414 315 399 or 5641 2534,
Email: Rob
Ref Maleny Men's Group FB Page for updated events, meeting times and information.


Billy's Ayurvedic Kitchen
Time: 12.15pm

Inclusive Writing Group for Youth and adults with Special needs
Time : 9am - 3pm
Contact: Sue on 5499 9899 or Debbie on  5499 9623 

Every Week Day 

Flexi School (Except Friday)
Free Wi-Fi, computers available
Family Support
Counselling Support on request
Care Connect Age Support
Partners in Recovery Mental Health
Rooms of all sizes to rent 24 / 7 at affordable prices
Phone use, photocopying
Get connected with your community
Emergency Food Relief - lots of different support needs available and the use of our washing machine

Help Us Help Your Neighbourhood 

MNC is appealing to our community to support our neighbourhood efforts.

We have some 70 volunteers serving the Maleny community, fed more than 1,000 people in crisis during 2015 and we've come up with a great, and all together painless way for you to support us on an ongoing basis!

Can you spare $5 to help your Neighbourhood Centre thrive?

To avoid all fees you can go to your own internet banking page and set up a recurring monthly payment to Maleny Neighbourhood Centre ($20 per month is 66 cents per day.) 

For more information read more..
Or to donate by Paypal 

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MNC purchases food from IGA so if you would like to assist us, please join our CBC community.


The MNC AGM was again well supported and an enjoyable time to connect with the MNC Management Committee and other MNC members and volunteers.

Following the AGM those attending enjoyed a delicious feast of Sabine Beate Wienand's Basically Wild cuisine and some lovely wines.

Saint Zane provided the perfect blend of vocals and sound for the evening. 

The current Management Committee were re-elected unopposed. See MINUTES here

Legal Services

Community Legal Outreach Service is available in Maleny.

Staffed by local volunteer lawyers and volunteer admin staff, the Legal Outreach operates once a fortnight to provide family and general law advice and referral services to the Hinterland. Read more... Grant Received

In collaboration with Real Estate Office, Pia Buick, MNC has been awarded a grant for $1500. These funds will be used for a new computer for our reception office, and to purchase items for emergency relief clients.

We would like to extend our appreciation to Pia Buick for this opportunity and thank her and her office for supporting our application.

Community Lunch Thursdays

Come and join us for a delicious lunch, meet other community members for a $5 donation.

Your Local Native Nursery

For quality services, products and advice we are your one stop shop for local native plants, bush foods, timber trees, native gardens, tools and equipment for Revegetation and Bush Regeneration, nest boxes, books, DVDs and art.

"We live in a biodiversity hotspot", says Spencer. "There are some 3500 plants local to the region and we're encouraging home gardeners to plant them as an alternative to the usual garden plants that become weeds in our local forests."

At this time of starting up business here in Maleny, Spencer has moved his office to be on-site in Coral Street. Take the opportunity to go along and chat. You'll get the benefit of his long history working with regeneration and the biodiversity of our local region.

20 Coral Street, Maleny
Ph: 07 5435 2193
Maleny Bakery2

Maleny Bakery and Cafe

Each Monday morning Maleny Bakery and Cafe kindly donate breads and buns to the MNC for distribution to emergency relief clients.

We want to acknowledge the generosity of the Bakery - your support is very much appreciated.

Pictured: Allen and Celine.
Maleny Bakery



Please use this link to assess eligibility and to apply.
Round 8 Applications are open since 13th July 2016.

Maleny Pearl
Connection Group


The PEARL group is continuing.  We surveyed group attendees and a common request was for the group to become social and to be based at varying locations in the community. 

Please find attached the new flyer

The group has been completely rebranded and is known as Maleny Pearl Connection Group.

The Group is now more focused on socialising, getting out of the house and into the community and generally connecting with others.  This is aligned with the requests of group members.

Maleny LETS Market

Come along and join in the fun at the next Maleny LETS market, here at the MNC every month.
Stall Bookings
Ph: Gay: 0424 379 338

WHEN: Saturday 12th November
TIME: 9.00 am - 1.00 pm

Glori Cowan

Glori is originally from Canada but has called Australia home for the past 10 years, the last 8 in the Maleny area. She and her husband and have a small beef cattle farm in Curramore which they share with an assortment of “critters”. Glori loves this part of the world and feels incredibly lucky to be able to live here.

In Glori’s own words, “I am an escapee from the city and the corporate world having worked as a petroleum geologist for too many years to mention.

I am happiest when I am tending my garden or riding my horse Leroy Brown or just hanging out with my dogs.

I believe one of the true joys of small town life is giving back to the community you live in.

I have been volunteering at the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre for the past year and a half and I have found it to be a very rewarding and worthwhile endeavour.

The staff and other volunteers are very welcoming and friendly and the services that are offered for people in need and the community as a whole are truly amazing.”


You can now drop small items any week day 9am - 3pm (Except for sewing items)
When: Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. 

October – 13, 27
Nov – 10 ( 4th birthday), 24
December - 8

Time: 9.00 am - 2.00 pm in the Western Courtyard.

Donation: $5 per item

Facebook Group

Billy's Ayurvedic

Fridays 12.15 pm
Donation: Min $12 - supports MNC fund-raising efforts

Billy prepares and serves lunch on Fridays from the MNC kitchen, incorporating the principles of Ayurvedic food preparation and consumption.
  • fresh, local organic produce is used as much as possible
  • food is prepared on the day, within 3 hours of serving
"Good Digestion is the number 1 contributor to Good Health"

by Laina McCoy

~ Emergency Relief Clients ~
WHEN: Every 4th Wed of the month
TIME: 11.00 am
Ph: 5499 9345 or make your appointment at the MNC Front Desk

Caloundra & Hinterland Family Support Programme


Sometimes families struggle with problems like financial pressures, difficulties coping with children, feeling isolated, lonely & stressed. Often parents just need someone to talk to.

Family Support is an early intervention programme that aims to improved children's development and wellbeing by supporting the capacity of those in a parenting role. Specifically working with children up to the age of 12 years, Family Support seeks to:
  • strengthen family relationships
  • support families
  • improve children's wellbeing
  • increase participation in community life to strengthen family and community functioning
If you think that you or your family, may benefit from this type of support, give Wendy a call on Mob: 0423 716 705 or Holly on 0488 000 343. 

Wendy is at the MNC on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Time: 7.30 am - 12.00 midday.

Emergency Relief Story

I am a middle aged woman living in a rental accomodation with my son and my son’s girlfriend. I am in the Newstart program through Centrelink and am currently studying with the hopes of getting work soon.

Money is very tight and I found myself in the position of requiring assistance from the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre recently. Previously I had been borrowing money from my elderly mother which I did not want to do anymore.

The Centre was great and supplied me with some groceries and a reference to St. Vinnies for a clothing voucher. I have also signed up for budgeting counselling through the Centre.

I feel the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre is a wonderful resource and I would recommend it to anyone in need. I would also not hesitate to use it again if needed.

I also really enjoy the weekly lunches at the Neighbourhood Centre - they are so good and it definitely does not have that “soup kitchen” feel to it at all!

Legal Services at MNC

Suncoast Community Legal Services are here at MNC every 2nd Monday - next here Monday 13th and 27th June.

Please phone to make an appointment in advance: Ph: 5443 7827

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This year we have 2 raffle prizes:

$500 gift voucher from iConnect 
Maleny Lodge has kindly donated
2 nights for 2 
stay mid-week with continental & cooked breakfast 
Value $450 

Tickets $2
Drawn when 1000 tickets sold

Maleny Neighbourhood Centre acknowledges assistance funding for the 2015 financial year from QLD Govt Dept 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 costs.
Maleny Neighbourhood Centre proudly acknowledges local support from Sunshine Coast Council Community Partnership Funding Program, APEX, Country Women Association, Foundation Dental Services, Lions Club of Maleny, Maleny and District Senior Citizens, Maleny Baptist Church, Maleny Uniting Church, Maleny Catholic Ladies, Maleny Rotary, Maleny Garden Club, Maleny Quota, Maleny Credit Union, Montville Coffee, Zonta Club of Blackall Range, Maleny Bakery and Cafe
Writer: Josie Coco    Editor: Anne Delmas
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