From the committee

Created: Thursday, 20 June 2019

So much has happened at the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre (MNC) over the past year that it’s hard to know quite where to start.  I have taken on the role of President when Jenny Merkus retired after six years on the Committee.  The Neighbourhood Centre owes a great debt of gratitude to Jenny for the depth and breadth of experience she brought to its governance and to strengthening its position as a welcoming place of learning and gathering in Maldon.

One of the major things we achieved in the second half of 2018 was to develop a new Strategic Plan for the Centre.  The old plan guided development of the Centre until the end of 2018.  It was wonderful to have so many people join us for a packed day of planning, dreaming, wishing and hoping about what the Neighbourhood Centre could be and could offer the community over the next two and a half years.  It became clear from that process, that happy, healthy, productive communities need a healthy environment if they are to flourish.  Our resulting Strategic Plan has an emphasis on the importance of recognising and adapting to changes in our environment as we further develop connections between the various groups of people in Maldon and its surrounds. The Strategic Plan is available on the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre website.

The extra programs and services that the Centre would like to deliver in line with the new Strategic Plan will require some additional staffing hours to provide assistance for our tireless Coordinator, Amy.  It is exciting to announce that Kir Larwill will join us as a Program Support Worker from mid June.  Kir brings experience of Neighbourhood Houses and community development that she has gained over a number of years.  She will be working twelve hours a week in the first instance.  Please make her welcome when you next visit.

Remember, you are always welcome to drop in to Maldon Neighbourhood Centre – maybe for no other reason than just because it’s warm and there is a coffee machine. 

Pam Millwood

President, Maldon Neighbourhood Centre Committee of Management

Choosing Tarrangower’s Future

Created: Tuesday, 14 May 2019

The 2015 Tarrangower Community Plan has been wildly successful; not only did it highlight the most important things for people living in Tarrangower but it identified projects for making Tarrangower even better.

Many community groups have used the Plan to guide their own work as well as to advocate to funding bodies and governments the community need for project support, helping to bring dollars into our community.

But what is a Community Plan? It’s an opportunity for US to define what are the most important priorities for developing OUR district; focussing on the local economy, environment, community groups, heritage and more.

Now it is time for another 5 year community plan and to take a look at what is important to Maldon, Baringhup, Walmer, Muckleford, Nuggettys and the surrounding localities so we can work towards making our community an even better place to live and visit.

The Tarrangower Community Forum Steering Committee is calling for passionate locals to lead the development of another Tarrangower Community Plan. Please email if you are interested in being part of the community plan leadership team or feel free to speak with current community members Peter Strang (phone 0408 181 114), Pam Millwood or Amy Atkinson, MNC representative (phone 5475 2093).

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Cinema under the Stars

Created: Tuesday, 26 March 2019

To celebrate Youth Week 2019, we invite everyone to enjoy an outdoor cinema on the Bill Woodfull Oval on Saturday 13 April. Run by local young people, this event will be fun for the whole family!

 The movie Coco (2017) rated PG will be shown on the big screen at 6.30pm, with the event kicking off at 5.30pm with a sausage sizzle, games and entertainment. There will be traditional movie snacks like popcorn, mixed lollies, ice cream and drinks available.

 The story follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who is accidentally transported to the Land of the Dead, where he seeks the help of his deceased musician great-great-grandfather to return him to his family among the living and to reverse his family’s ban on music.

 Bring your own picnic blankets, rugs, cushions, bean bags and come early to save your spot.

 There is no cost to get in, thanks to support from the Victorian State Government, but it is $5 to hire a chair.


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Autumn Newsletter has arrived!

Created: Friday, 29 March 2019

The latest programme for the next three months is now available at the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre or on-line: Autumn Newsletter

There is information about our regular health and well-being courses as well as groups who meet regularly at the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre such as Maldon Art Group and Maldon Golden Movies.

We have lots of activities for children - both after school and in the school holidays - hope you can join us for the special CINEMA UNDER THE STARS during Youth Week. The Community Bus is travelling all over the district visiting galleries, op-shops and even the beach, so make sure you 'get on the bus'!

We also encourage all of Maldon to get involved in our Climate Flags initiative - we need to build awareness in the community and beyond about the need for climate action NOW!

How will Climate Change impact Maldon?

Created: Friday, 15 March 2019

The Maldon Neighbourhood Centre hosted a presentation and conversation ‘Understanding climate impacts in our local community’ on Thursday 28 February. The night was attended by approximately 40 people.

 We heard from presenters Laurel Freeland and Michael Weadon - trained Climate Reality Leaders through Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project – who volunteer to educate communities about the realities of climate change and promote local and global solutions.

 This was an opportunity to join the conversation about what the community value most about the local district, to share our climate concerns and discuss the type of action we need to see.

climate flags launch 119 Photo by Ecologica

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