Community pantry up and running for Mount Alexander Shire residents

Created: Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Local volunteers, community groups and organisations are working together to provide much needed food relief for residents in need in Mount Alexander Shire.  Mount Alexander Community Pantry is a centrally coordinated food relief system which aims to provide assistance in the absence of a local foodbank.

“We’ve all been impacted by COVID-19 and many people are finding it difficult at the moment. Some people have lost their job or regular income, and others may not be receiving the same levels of support due to things like social distancing rules,” said Martyn Shaddick, Manager, Castlemaine Community House.

Volunteers, community groups and organisations has worked quickly to set up the Mount Alexander Community Pantry to offer prepared meals and food packages

"It is time to come together as a community, a giant family. Like we do as Aboriginal people. It is also time to adapt and deepen support for each other and focus on what is the same,” said Kath Coff, Coordinator, Nalderun.

To access pre-prepared meals or food packages, please contact the Mount Alexander Community Pantry Intake Coordinator on 0472 537 866,  or email or order online at

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Centre closed until further notice

Created: Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Maldon Neighbourhood Centre will be closed to the public until such time as government shutdowns are lifted.

Tough times are ahead for many of us. Looking out for each other, something we know our community does well, will be as important as ever. Please stay connected with us, and with your community.

We will continue to stay connected by phone, email, social media and our website.

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Please let us know if you need anything, take care and spread kindness. We will send out additional updates as new programs begin.

Regretfully, our Centre closes tomorrow

Created: Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Neighbourhood Centres are now on the list of services required by the Government to close.

Consequently, as of Thursday March 26, 3pm, Maldon Neighbourhood Centre will close to the public until such time as government shutdowns are lifted.

Tough times are ahead for a lot of us. Looking out for each other, something we know our community does well, will be as important as ever.

Food and meal support, and other online and on-phone activities to help keep us all connected, are something we can do. We have started working on a coordinated food response, re-purposing the community bus and re-jigging the community lunch – resources we have at our fingertips that can be put to good use.

Maldon Neighbourhood Centre will be setting up a Community Pantry to help those in need. If you have something to donate to the Pantry, please email or call us 5475 2093. The Community Bus can pick up donations from your gate on Friday from midday.

Please check out this link for those currently in social isolation, needing immediate relief.

Sadly, Easter Market cancelled

Created: Tuesday, 31 March 2020
The management of the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre and the Market Manager have decided not to proceed with the scheduled Maldon Market on Sunday April 12.

Whilst we did have approval from Mount Alexander Shire to run a Home Grown Food Market (Food markets are still classified as essential by Victorian Government) we did not believe the scale of our offering was viable and also presented an unacceptable health and safety risk given the demographic profile of Maldon residents. It is our intent to start up again as soon as it's deemed safe.

Be Safe Be Clean Be Kind

Doors still open!

Created: Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Covid-19 (coronavirus) was the major topic discussed at Tuesday evening’s Maldon Neighbourhood Centre (MNC) Committee of Management meeting.  The Committee focused on developing a proactive approach in order to protect the vulnerable members of our community.

The health and safety of our staff, volunteers and the Maldon community is paramount.

Of course MNC continues to comply with all government directives in relation to Covid-19 however it has become necessary to make some difficult decisions to support the recommended principles of infection control such as social distancing.

This will impact on a number of activities previously scheduled to take place over the coming weeks.  Details will be outlined in the upcoming MNC newsletter which will be distributed shortly as well as on the Centre’s website Please note that the working bee arranged for 21st March (Saturday) will be rescheduled for later in the year.

Based on current advice from the relevant government authorities Occasional Child Care, Community Transport Service and the Maldon Market will continue with enhanced hygiene procedures in place.  As Government advice changes we will respond accordingly.

Pam Millwood, Deputy Chair expressed the Centre’s deep regret at the necessity of these measures but stressed that the Centre has the health and well-being of our community at heart.

MNC Coordinator Amy Atkinson said “It would be lovely to see kindness go viral in Maldon during this time.  Look out for neighbours and those around you who may need a little extra support at this time. “

For more information, please contact Maldon Neighbourhood Centre or 5475 2093