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BirdLife Castlemaine District Branch

Contact: Jane Rusden (0448 900 896)

Email: castlemaine@birdlife.org.au

Phone: 0448 900 896

A new branch of BirdLife Australia has been formed by an enthusiastic group of bird lovers, who recognise that there is a need for a branch in our amazing region. Our focus is bird watching, bird identification, surveys and advocating for birds and habitat by the collection of meaningful data to support scientific research. Also educating and encouraging new bird enthusiasts, young, old and in between. Bird walks are held on the first Saturday morning of the month. Email us at castlemaine@birdlife.org.au to join our monthly eNews providing information about our walks and activities. Also follow us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BirdLife-Castlemaine-District-246773012585580/.

Castlemaine Press

Contact: Kir Larwill

Email: castlemainepress@gmail.com

Lot19, McShanag's Lane (off Langslow Street) Castlemaine.

Castlemaine Press is a not-for-profit organisation made up of passionate printmakers who work together to provide a community-access print studio for printmakers near and far – a space where you can hire presses and equipment, do workshops, and take part in collaborative opportunities. We recognise that printmaking facilities are difficult to access and adequate studio space is also out of reach for many people. Castlemaine Press seeks to make printmaking more accessible by providing these facilities along with training, gallery space and a collegial atmosphere. Our studio has great natural light, presses both large and small, plenty of bench space and easy access. Set in the Lot 19, arts precinct of Castlemaine, Castlemaine Press is a place to meet printmakers, work collaboratively, build skills and produce prints using quality equipment. The space hosts a variety of activities that provide opportunities for members to work alongside others, be supported by more experienced printmakers and gain skills. Castlemaine Press is community owned and run. We are run by a committee selected annually by and from our members.

CHIRP Community Health

Contact: Reception (5479 1000)

Email: email@cdch.com.au

Phone: 5479 1000

13 Mostyn Street Castlemaine

CHIRP Community Health offers a wide range of services and programs aimed at promoting health and preventing illness.

Connecting Country

Contact: Frances Howe (5472 1594)

Email: info@connectingcountry.org.au

Phone: 5472 1594

233 Barker St, Castlemaine VIC 3450

Connecting Country is community-operated not-for-profit organisation working to restore and enhance biodiversity and improve the productive natural environment across the Mount Alexander region in central Victoria. What we do: - Implement on-ground works to increase and enhance native vegetation and habitat through grazing change, revegetation, and pest plant and animal control. - Engage community through education events, an active website and volunteer involvement. - Monitor birds, arboreal mammals and vegetation across the shire. - Support our 30 local Landcare and Friends groups.

Maldon Neighbourhood Centre Occasional Childcare Service

Contact: Coordinator (+61354752093)

Email: info@maldonnc.org.au

Phone: +61354752093

1 Church St, Maldon 3463

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. Eligible families can now access the Childcare Subsidy (CCS) from the Federal government meaning that our service is very 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. The Occasional Childcare service operates every Monday from 9.30am – 2.30pm and we go through the school holidays too. Contact us for an enrolment pack today.

Mount Alexander Shire Disability Advocacy Group (MASDAG)

Contact: Lorraine le Plastrier (+61439964179)

Email: masdag@cch.org.au

Phone: +61439964179

C/- Castlemaine Community House, 65 Templeton Street, Castlemaine 3450

We are an independent advocate proudly auspiced by Castlemaine Community House. Our aim is to promote systemic change that supports equitable social participation for the wide range of disabilities experienced by residents in Mount Alexander Shire. We understand the importance of social inclusion for everyone, including people with disabilities, their families and carers. By systemic change, we mean: • Promoting disability awareness and community education. • Making ourselves available to support and to collaborate with Mount Alexander Shire on policy, planning and information • Taking action on known safety trouble spots for all pedestrians (including those with low vision, or using sticks, walking frames, prams, wheelchair, scooters or crutches) • Making ourselves available to groups and organisations to provide feedback on project designs to ensure adequate and safe disability access • Following up with VicRoads, VicTrack and VicRail where disability access and safety issues are raised * Providing disability access information and guidelines for event organisers.

XtremeInc Youth Projects

Contact: Sarah Cook (0402087949)

Email: info@xtremeinc.org

Phone: 0402087949

28 Lyttleton St, Castlemaine VIC 3450

XtremeInc is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2009, responding to the needs of young people living in the Regional Victoria. We build a bridge between disenfranchised young people and the wider regional community including C.A.L.D. promoting the exchange of Multicultural forms for young people in Regional Victoria. OUR VISION 1. To initiate and conduct dance, art, music, extreme spots and cooking programs, events and workshops to develop the talents, skills and self-esteem of young people. 2. To engage the community in partnerships and volunteering with youth projects. 3. To provide a high quality of artistic guidance and mentoring for disadvantaged youth. 4. To encourage the participation of young people in project planning and coordination within their community. 5. To provide a platform for young people to showcase their talents and network with other young people, developing their skills and confidence enabling them to follow career paths in the performing arts. 6. To encourage the exchange of Multicultural forms for young people in Regional Victoria