Created: Tuesday, 09 September 2014

Starting in Term 4, Phillippa Schuster will be returning from Maternity Leave to work part-time at the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre in a job share role with Amy Atkinson who has filled the Coordinator role since July 2013.

Amy Atkinson and the Committee of Management support her return and look forward to having her back - bringing all her skills and experience with her.

Baby Harriet, who turned one last week, will be in safe hands at the Occasional Childcare service at the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre and in long day care in Castlemaine.


Created: Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The Maldon Neighbourhood Centre's Occasional Childcare Service which runs every Monday, is looking for a new Childcare Coordinator. The Position Description can be downloaded here. Applications are due by 5pm Friday 15 August 2014.

Please email or call if you would like some more information 5475 2093.

All application can be directed to Amy Atkinson at the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre, 1 Church St, Maldon 3463 or emailled


Created: Thursday, 03 April 2014

2nd April, 2014


When you ask Carolina Cordeiro of Malmsbury Kitchen Garden, whether it is difficult to earn a living growing vegetables, she says, "it is hard work, but not hard." By this she means she believes in what she does and when you stick to your principles it’s not really work at all.

This, coming from someone who bought a block of land in Malmsbury and planted out her kitchen garden 9 months before even laying the foundations for the house that she hopes to move into by this spring. Clearly, she expects the house to compliment the garden, not the other way around.

Carolina has started growing vegetables on a small block of land in Malmsbury and selling them at local markets. She says food grown on a small scale has been shown to use less water, less fertiliser and less machinery than the same volume of food grown on an industrial scale.

"The environment has always been important to me but once I realised that the most important decisions I could make to reduce my impact on the planet were all decisions related to food, I started growing my own vegetables.

"There is growing demand from customers to buy their fruit and vegetables directly from growers, especially in regional Victoria.

"Supermarkets operate on the basis of convenience shopping.

"But if the nearest supermarket is in the next town or only stocks a limited variety of produce, then a home delivered box of locally grown produce or a local market can definitely compete with the food giants.

"People want access to the best quality produce they can get and that means buying directly from the grower.

"I feel this trend will continue as people become more informed about food and health and as the number of local markets rises, " she said.

You can visit Malmsbury Kitchen Garden at the Maldon Market on Sunday 13th April, 9am until 2pm, Fountain Street, Maldon.

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Term 3 Winter Newsletter Out Now!

Created: Wednesday, 25 June 2014

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Created: Monday, 17 February 2014

17th February, 2014

Since arriving in Castlemaine from France 18 months ago , Remi Rauline has put what he learnt about engineering at University behind him and taken up the good life based on what he learnt at L'ecole des Maitres Crepiers in Brittany.

Remi maintains that it was the romantic notion of travelling the world with a crepe maker that changed the course of his life.

"The world is serious enough and I needed a break from my work of creating sustainable suburbs in Europe and South America – freedom and a different lifestyle is what I craved.

"I went to crepe school in France with all sorts of people who wanted a life change including a butcher, a lawyer and even a gigolo.

"I like cooking and I love people and I find crepe making, especially at events, a great way to connect with communities," he said.

Crepe making has a long tradition going back 8 centuries during the French crusades when troops came back from Jerusalem with a new seed, the buckwheat, which grew well in Britany.

Remi says that Central Victorians have taken well to his crepes and that he is kept busy on various market days.

"People tend to buy what they know - crepes - and after a few months move on to the traditonal galettes.

"Australia could so easily have been French. It’s no wonder crepes are popular.

"I am just bringing the French gastronomy 200 years after la Perouse met the first fleet in Botany Bay," he said.

Remi has not completely abandoned his engineering expertise. When not cooking crepes, he is working with a recently formed think tank on developing sustainable suburbs around Castlemaine.

"Castlemaine strikes me as incredibly advanced with a very welcoming community so it has been a pleasure to make it the centre of our new life," he said.

Remi cooks for cafes and businesses and does special event catering. You can sample his crepes and galettes at the Maldon Market on Sunday 9th March, 2014.

The Maldon Market is proudly sponsored by the Maldon and District Community Bank and Ocatgonal Resources and bought to you by the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre.

For more information contact Alex Fisher, Market Coordinator, Maldon Neighbourhood Centre, 0417 540 176 or go to