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Created: Wednesday, 11 September 2019
Step into Spring with a full diary. There's lots to look forward to for Term 4 at MNC ... bus tours, woodwork and sewing courses, new community transport services to Kangaroo Flat and Maryborough, out-of-town walks, Money Sense workshops for women, armchair travel, and much more.

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Inspired ideas on Maldon's Main Street!

Created: Wednesday, 11 September 2019
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Media release 10 September 2019

Musicians, performers and inspired ideas on Maldon’s Main Street

Join the Carnivale on Maldon’s Main Street on Sunday 22 September for a fun afternoon of music, performance and inspiration for a safer, healthier and cleaner environment.

From 12pm to 3pm, the heritage shopping and café strip will be car-free, transforming into a festival of ideas for sustainable living, with innovative exhibitors, children’s activities and live performances all on offer, including:

For music and fun: DJ Wind-up – grooving to the gramophone; The Zucchini Clan’s Miss Lily Green – flaunting her blend of acoustic sounds and contemporary electronica; The Royal Jelly Roller – getting on her roller-skates!; Castlemaine Circus’ Amazing Mr Fish – making the most of Maldon’s car-free ambience to roam free; Dodgem trikes – offering up tricycles for peddling amid the hay bales; and Games in the Street – ping pong or giant chess anyone?

For inspiration: Maldon Bicycles – helping you back on your bike or find the perfect reconditioned one; Maldon Cherry Farm – inviting you to plant up some "good bug mix" for your gardens; The EnviroShop – answering your questions on everything from solar and battery storage systems to energy and water conservation; Newstead Natives – offering up their wealth of knowledge on local indigenous plants; Castlemaine Repair Cafe – promoting their fantastic landfill-fighting household goods repair service; and Boomerang Bags – for a great plastic-free shopping alternative.

For Maldon: Maldon businesses will be showcasing their sustainable wares, among them vintage merchants Tansley & Co – who note that buying a new chest of drawers has a carbon footprint 16 times higher than an antique equivalent – and Portia and Co., whose handmade and locally sourced gifts and homewares are a gorgeous alternative to emissions from mass production and global freight.

For climate action: Find out how you can help to create a safer, healthier and cleaner environment with Maldon Climate Action Network, Mount Alexander Climate Emergency Team, Plastic Bag Free Castlemaine, Climate Flags, Farmers For Climate Action and Coliban Water.

Visitors are encouraged to walk, cycle, catch the bus or train, or car pool to the event, with prizes on offer for those making it to Main Street in creative and sustainable ways. Baringhup-Maldon Community Bus will also be offering free transport for local residents – phone 5475 2093 to book. Visitors from further afield can catch Castlemaine Bus Lines’ Castlemaine–Maldon bus (Route 4), walk or cycle the 17.7km scenic trail linking Castlemaine and Maldon, or catch the Victorian Goldfield’s historic steam train, which is offering a 10% discount for pre-booked online tickets (promo code CARFREE).

Held to coincide with World Car Free Day, the Car-free Carnivale is an initiative of Maldon Climate Action Network (CAN) in partnership with Maldon Neighbourhood Centre. Both thank Maree Edwards MP – State Member for Bendigo West – for sponsoring the event, which will be carbon offset through the Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund.

For more information: facebook.com/maldoncan

Media enquiries: Melanie Scaife, Maldon Climate Action Network, Mobile 0439 088 458

Ditch your car for the day! Maldon goes car free for climate action

Created: Thursday, 15 August 2019

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Walk, cycle, catch the bus or take the heritage steam train to Maldon on Sunday 22 September to be part of Car-free Carnivale – Maldon’s new street festival to inspire climate action and achieve a safer, healthier and cleaner environment for local communities.

Held to coincide with World Car Free Day, the Carnivale will take over Maldon’s main street from 12pm to 3pm, transforming the heritage shopping and café strip into a car-free thoroughfare of ideas for sustainable living. Innovative exhibitors, children’s activities and live performances will be on offer, as will plenty of local food, with Maldon’s cafes and hotels all open on the day.

Car-free Carnivale is an initiative of Maldon Climate Action Network (CAN), a local group formed this year, working to reduce Maldon’s carbon footprint through community-led action. “We want to inspire the people of Maldon – as well as neighbouring communities – to work together to reduce our carbon emissions so we can create a safer, healthier and cleaner environment for everyone,” says Ali Brookes, member of Maldon CAN.

“It can be as simple as catching the bus for some trips rather than using your car, to using some of the great local services on offer, like the Castlemaine Repair Café to fix your household goods rather than sending them to landfill. It’s about zero carbon, zero waste and infinite hope.”  

Read more: Ditch your car for the day! Maldon goes car free for climate action

Community Transport Service better than ever!

Created: Wednesday, 28 August 2019
The Baringhup-Maldon Community Bus, managed by the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre, gets better all the time – thanks to support from the State Government who have provided additional funding towards development of the community transport service. Funding has been used to purchase equipment and extend the service to Maryborough and Kangaroo Flat.

“We have been able to buy a car seat suitable for children aged 12 months to 8 years, install additional grab rails and buy a bicycle rack which fits up to 2 bikes," explains Peter Strang, Community Bus Working Group member and volunteer driver. “The Community Bus is now fit for all the community – young and old!”

"After consultation with our passengers, we are extending the service into Maryborough and Kangaroo Flat. This gives people a lot more choice about where they shop and access health and well-being services,” explains Amy Atkinson, Maldon Neighbourhood Centre Coordinator.

The Community Transport Service runs on Tuesdays and Fridays all year round – except public holidays. It is an affordable door to door service which operates on a schedule. Please call the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre on 5475 2093 the day prior to book your seat and check out the new timetable here. The new timetable to Kangaroo Flat & Maryborough will start from Tuesday 3 September.

The Community Transport service is available for anyone to use – there are no eligibility requirements. Our service is passenger- focussed, designed primarily to support older, vulnerable or transport disadvantaged members of the community to access services and participate in community life. It is a useful service for those looking to reduce private vehicle use and lower carbon emissions.

The Service will continue to transport passengers from smaller towns – Maldon, Baringhup, Campbells Creek, Barkers Creek and Wesley Hill – into Castlemaine to access basic services, including shops and medical clinics, and to maintain independence and social connections.

Try the Community Transport Service today – call the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre on 5475 2093 for more information or to book your seat.

Caring for local children

Created: Thursday, 25 July 2019

The Occasional Childcare service at the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre has been caring for the children of Maldon, Baringhup, Castlemaine and surrounds for many years. It is lovely to see the connections and friendships that start so young and continue throughout childhood as children head to pre-school, primary school and beyond. Occasional childcare is unique as families can book their children in as needed - there is no requirement to book every week and once enrolled, we accept children with only 1 week notice.

This year we transitioned to a new funding model and eligible families can now access the Childcare Subsidy (CCS) from the Federal government meaning that our service is now much more affordable with low to middle income families paying no more than $25 per day – and in some instances as little as $7.50 per day! Come and meet with us today to discuss how to enroll your child(ren) and to meet our friendly, qualified staff.

We are lucky in Maldon to have the Occasional Childcare service operating every Monday from 9.30am – 2.30pm and now we go through the school holidays too! We close for just 4 weeks over Christmas and January. During school holidays in Autumn, Winter and Spring we are able to take up to 6 primary school aged children which can just take the pressure off!

Many families rely on our service to provide them with an opportunity to pursue study, work or just a break for a few hours. Children love coming to the Occasional Childcare service where there are so many activities, a great play space and of course, friends!

Find out more about our Occasional Childcare service from our website: http://www.maldonnc.org.au/childrensactivities/occasional-child-care Or get in touch today on 5475 2093 or info@maldonnc.org.au

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