PLEASE NOTE: The Centre will close at 3pm Friday 21 December and reopen on Monday 7 January 2019.   
December 2018
Dear MNC member, 
What a year it has been at MNC! As well as continuing to provide and improve on its usual established services the Centre has hosted 4 very successful events in particular in 2018 – Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, SafeTALK, RUOK day and the Maleny Youth Festival (more below). And our regular Christmas breakfast will be on again as usual on Christmas morning. We hope to see you there!
   A safe Christmas and a happy new year to all.
– Karen Sheiles and Wendy Oakley, editors

We still need volunteers!

Christmas Tree Festival at Maleny Uniting Church
Wednesday 19 – 24 December (Christmas Eve)
Proceeds from the donation boxes at the festival go to MNC. We are asking for volunteers to be available for 2 hour shifts, at the entrance desk and you do not have to be a part of our volunteer team. There are 3 shifts per day 2-4 pm, 4-6 pm & 6-8 pm on most days. View the poster

Our Christmas breakfast on Christmas Day 
Setup starts 22 December
There is work to be done in the leadup to this day with putting up gazebos etc. We would love assistance on the day, cooking at the BBQ, preparation & serving. We will also need to pack everything up. The roster is at MNC reception, so come and sign up! View the poster

Garden Working Bee
Saturday 8 December, 7.30–10.30am
Calling all helpers – please bring your garden gloves and your favourite tool! Morning tea will be provided.

All enquiries 5499 9345.
A message from the Suicide Prevention in Communities Reference Group

Holiday seasons are not always easy .... It’s not unusual to be sad, super-stressed, tired or argumentative with family at such times. Here are some ideas which may be helpful... Read in full

If you need help you can contact:
  • Emergency services  000
  • Lifeline  13 11 14
  • Suicide Call Back Service  1300 659 467
  • MensLine Australia  1300 789 978
  • Kids Helpline  1800 551 800
  • QLife (LGBTIQ+)  1800 184 527
  • Beyond Blue Helpline  1300 224 636
  • TALK SUICIDE Support Service  1800 008 255 (non-crisis, weekdays, 9am-4.30pm)

A welcome grant for CHASM

CHASM are thrilled to announce that they have been successful in getting a Community Benefit grant of $30,000. The funds will go towards building or buying CHASM’s first small relocatable dwelling, which will be placed in the Maple Street Co-op back garden.
     Further funds are still required to meet the total cost of the building, ground works, fees, charges and connections to services etc. CHASM is holding a range of fundraising events over the next few months including Drag Queen Bingo, to be held at the Maleny Showgrounds in March.
More info and/or to donate
Maleny Innovative Housing Solutions Project – age friendly grant
The project research document was launched on 14 November at MNC. Kelli Dendle gave a brief overview of the findings including suitable housing plans to build to enable people to 'age in place'. Service providers, community groups, locals, architects, occupational therapists and Council were all part of the wide range of consultation, which took place over 12 months. Read the document.

Update: Thank you Maleny!

Thanks to some very generous people in Maleny, we have managed to raise the funds needed to commence this project. We have been very fortunate to also be given a house at a reduced market rent to start taking clients!
     The head tenant has been appointed and she will move in shortly, with tenants to follow from 1st december. Thanks again to generous donors, we have most of the furniture we will need.
     The Shared House project will assist women and children at risk of homelessness into a more permanent housing by offering clients 2 months housing and connecting them to the relevant support services to enable their move into more permanent housing.
     MNC would be very interested in anyone having housing accommodation at a modest rental to transition these clients into, so they can remain local and keep up their connections with the local community.
     Social housing provider Coast 2 Bay will be assisting MNC with support such as links to housing services and tenancy assessment criteria.
For enquiries please contact Nooreen Harris.
In 2018 the Centre hosted 4 very successful events in particular: 
Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea
Hosted by MNC at The Orangery Maleny
MNC held this event on 24 May to raise money for the Cancer Council. The Orangery came on board with an offer of a lovely morning tea, with raffles and prizes given out. Guest speaker Sue Krucker spoke about her experience as a former cancer sufferer. Approximately $200 was raised for the Cancer Council.
3 hour suicide prevention training workshops 
Aim: to increase suicide alertness, which will contribute to a suicide safer community. Almost 70 people participated over the year in these workshops and feedback from all participants was how empowered and confident they felt to be able to talk to someone at risk of suicide. SafeTALK is a powerful experience. You can expect to feel challenged, empowered and hopeful. Its steps provide a simple method to engage with people at risk and connect them with resources that can carry out a full-scale intervention. 
    Maleny Wellbeing Group meets once a month at MNC
Run by Maleny Wellbeing Group
On 12 September about 50 people attended Tesch Park for a sausage sizzle and information mini-expo. The aim of the event was to promote welbeing and community connections as a means of suicide prevention. The event brought together service providers and community organisations to deliver a learning through fun morning for local community. Primary Health Network, North Coast Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health, Maleny Men's Shed,  Blackall Range Lions  were some of the services present. Sam Shepherd provided some lovely music for the morning.
Maleny Youth Festival 
14 September 
Every year the Maleny Flexi School and the Neighbourhood Centre partner to run the festival and over the past 2 years it has grown significantly to over 100 attendees. A lot of work by students and volunteers goes into producing the highly successful festival each year, with work starting early in the school year. This year the theme was 'Gypsy'.
• Residents of Sunstone Gardens
• Uniting Church
• Rotary Club of Maleny
• Kevin Gale  

Office space available at MNC

Great community-based office spaces available for rent at community rates. The Centre receives up to 10,000 participant visits per year offering a strong potential client base in a respected community facility... more info

750g packs of rolled oats
$20 fuel vouchers & IGA vouchers always needed

Kid's DVDs and books!
New or near new books and DVDs, suitable for children up to age 12, to be given away by Santa at our Christmas Breakfast. Please drop them off at MNC.
Upcoming events

One-and-a-half-day workshop

Saturday 2 February, 9.30am–4.30pm
Sunday 3 February, 9.30am–noon
Vookings essential: 5429 6208
View the poster
December 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.

EPICC Maleny

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

Maleny Fix It Cafe

Thursday 13 December, 9am–2.30pm. For all non-electrical items. Items need to be brought in on the day for initial assessment. Contact 5499 9345 for more info.

W2M Refugee Support Group

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

Next LETS weekly office – 13 December

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

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

Qi Gong

Tuesdays from 2–3pm.
Public $5.00, volunteers free. Phone 5429 6208 for more info.


Tuesdays 9.30–11.30am. Knitting & crocheting for the festival next July.
More info
What's on


• Centrelink – Homeless & Vulnerable Outreach Program
Every second Monday, 
9 –11 am with Community Engagement Officer 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, 9 am - 3 pm

• RangeCare Games Morning 
9.30 am –12 noon
Contact Janene 5429 6152
NOTE: Last date for 2018 – Monday 10 December, 
resuming Monday 8 January 2019

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


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

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

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


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


• Community lunch
$5 donation if possible
Everyone welcome
12.30 pm

• Maleny Fix It Cafe
2nd and 4th Thursday, 9.30 am – 2.30 pm
 $5 donation per item.

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

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

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


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

• 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

• Counselling services

**CEOs support people who are unable to access mainstream departmental services because they experience a vulnerability and have complex needs. They primarily provide short term support to these customers to increase their self-sufficiency and where appropriate, transition them to mainstream channels.

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. Contact Andrew our Admin Officer to discuss further.
We are looking for two members of the community to volunteer to help with the new Events Team that is being formed for all annual events at the centre. If you would like to know more about volunteering at the Centre please contact the Volunteer Support worker ph: 54999345.


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.
In order to maintain and support our work, we ask that you & your friends become members of the Neighbourhood Centre. For as little as $5 a month for 1 year (which is $60) you can provide the ingredients for 1 community lunch. Go to to MNC
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.

There will be no January newsletter. Deadline for articles for the February 2019 newsletter:
Friday 18 January. 
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 traditional custodians of the land where we live and work, the Kabi Kabi and Jinnaburra people. We pay respects to Elders, past present and emerging.
MNC is part funded by the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Child Safety and the Sunshine Coast Council.
Editors: Karen Sheiles & Wendy Oakley
Copyright © 2018 Maleny Neighbourhood Centre, All rights reserved.

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