Maleny Neighbourhood Centre (MNC) is an Incorporated Associated overseen by a Management Committee. The 2014/2015 Management Committee includes Rachael Stacey (President), Val France (Vice-President), Greg Williams (Treasurer), Rebecca Jaques (Secretary), Margaret Longworth, John Mott, Kate Lawrence.
Maleny Neighbourhood Centre is an Income Tax Exempt Charity (donations over $2 are fully tax deductible) and a Not For Profit organisation. Our Australian Business Number is 33 095 644 692.
Maleny Neighbourhood Centre Mission Statement is to foster resilient and fair communities, and a just society where diversity is celebrated and participation encouraged. The Centre applies community development principles involving people in the issues which affect their lives, a process based on the sharing of power, skills, knowledge and experience.
Maleny Neighbourhood Centre provides emergency relief support and has over ten different affordable spaces for hire for events and meetings including kitchens. MNC is a focal point for a wide range of community activities and is a busy, friendly place. Over the past few years, responding to local needs and the community using the centre more, visitor numbers have risen from an average of 314 per month in 2013 to 1,649 per month in 2014. This represents a 525% rise in centre use.
Maleny Neighbourhood Centre is committed to ensuring, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of employees, volunteers, contractors and visitors to its building and grounds and strives to:
Respect and value our members and all those people who work in and around the centre
Work collaboratively with groups and individuals
Develop partnerships based on mutual respect
Create innovative responses to poverty and disadvantage
Organise and deliver projects with community members
Advocate to Local, State and Federal Government to improve services in our area
Share our resources (including our facilities) equitably, particularly with those who are marginalised and disadvantaged
Provide a safe place for new groups to emerge
Support and train volunteers to enhance their work experience and participation
To ensure that activities occur within the above parameters, Maleny Neighbourhood Centre activities and actions are bound by our policies. Click here to view POLICIES which need to be read and signed off by staff, students and volunteers.
The Maleny Neighbourhood Centre began before 1990 when a group of concerned Maleny residents recognised the need to develop responses to the growing needs of families, young people, and people with special needs. The organisation was incorporated in 1994 and became the first community association in Maleny that had a specific purpose to address poverty and social disadvantage in the area. The Maleny Flexi School came into existence in 2002 and has been co-located with Maleny Neighbourhood Centre ever since.
The first space occupied by Maleny Neighbourhood Centre and Maleny Flexi School was in the RSL Hall. Over the years, the centre moved to several locations, growing programmes and community support. In 2010, Maleny Neighbourhood Centre became the leaseholders of a purpose built centre at 17 Bicentenary Lane, provided by the Queensland Government Department of Communities. The building is on land owned by Sunshine Coast Council.
MEET OUR STAFF
Bookkeeper (10 hrs per week) Indri Seagrove, Administration Officer (20 hrs per week) Anne Delmas (pictured) and Centre Coordinator and Development Worker (35 hrs per week) Nooreen Harris (pictured).
Barry Smith (President) (pictured), CL Claridge (Vice-President), Greg Williams (Treasurer), Rebecca Jaques (Secretary) (pictured), John Mott (General Member).