Community Directory

Guildford

Arts Open

Contact: Rob Jennings (0466 12 0471)

Email: artsopen@artsopen.com.au

Phone: 0466 12 0471

Arts Open is a biennial visual arts festival held in the Mount Alexander Shire (Castlemaine and surrounding towns and countryside). Artists throw open their studio doors for to members of the public. Visitors get a unique opportunity to meet the artists of our region, witness the spaces in which work is created, gain insights into the creative process and purchase work directly from the artists.

Personal studios plus a series of group exhibitions showcasing over 90 professional painters, printmakers, jewellers, sculptors, multimedia artists and craftspeople across the townships of Castlemaine, Newstead, Maldon, Chewton and beyond open over two weekends. The Castlemaine Market Building is the Arts Open festival information hub and presents an exhibition of outstanding work from the region during each festival.

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 and District Garden Club

Contact: Judy Hopley (0417 382 687)

Email: castlemainegardenclub@gmail.com

Phone: 0417 382 687

Meets: Fourth Tuesday of July, 6.00 for 6.30 pm

Castlemaine & District Garden Club meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month from February to October, 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm start. Meetings are held at the Wesley Hill Hall, Duke Street, Castlemaine. Meetings in January and November have a special format. January starts the year with a picnic at the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens with an end-of-year dinner closing the year in November. Membership of the Club is open to all and costs $20 a year per household ($32 if you want a paper copy of the newsletter, MULCH, mailed to you). Subscriptions are payable at the beginning of each calendar year. The Club distributes a newsletter, MULCH, to all members and other like-minded organisations. MULCH (in colour) is also available on our webpage: https://castlemainegardenclub.wordpress.com/ Our annual Garden Market is held on the Sunday before Melbourne Cup Day. New members very welcome. Follow us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CastlemaineGardenClub/

Castlemaine Fringe

Contact: Azzy Jones

Email: castlemainefringe2019@gmail.com

The mission of Fringe is to showcase and empower our many talented local artists and promote the development of unique creative experiences. Over nearly three decades the Fringe has attracted thousands of patrons and artists to Castlemaine for this fun-packed festival. The Castlemaine Fringe is a celebration of the belly of life. Fringe is the Festival of the Mount Alexander Arts Collective, an organisation providing access and support for emerging and existing artists, musicians and other creatives in the Central Victorian region. The Fringe fosters and promotes an array of creative practitioners who develop and promote their ideas and work under this umbrella. The 2019 theme 'diversity and inclusion' is reflected in the events and activities on offer: exhibitions, music, theatre, poetry, sunset soiree in the Botanic Gardens, writing workshops, locally made movies, studio visits, art debates and more. Fringe is people for art and art for the people!

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.

Guildford Community Garden

Contact: Diana Forrest (0411 185 638)

Email: dianabou05@hotmail.com

Phone: 0411 185 638

7 Parker Street, Guildford 3451

We are an avid group of men and women that meet regularly to engage members of the community in all aspects of gardening. We grow a variety of fruit and vegetables to supply ourselves and local families in the community with fresh produce, as well as to engage as many people as possible to benefit from community activities that are proven to enhance the mental, emotional and physical health and overall wellbeing of those involved.

Guildford Grumpies Car Club Inc.

Contact: Stephen Cole (0421 475 943)

Email: grumpyhq@gmail.com

Phone: 0421 475 943

7 Havelock St Guildford

Meets: 1st July Annually

The Guildford Grumpies are a local Guildford group that has been established as a Social Club and Incorporated Car Club that supports the local Guildford community. The Grumpies conduct regular fundraising events and activities, and the funds raised are distributed to local individuals, Families, Businesses, and Clubs. The Guildford Grumpies is made up of men from the local community who are over the age of 60. The group is an important fellowship and resource base for the local community. The Guildford Grumpies hope to establish "The Guildford Grumpies Mens Shed" in 2018, to further enhance the work already happening in and around Guildford and District.

Guildford Progress Association Inc.

Contact: Bob Forde (0354734225)

Email: bobandjudy@ozemail.com.au

Phone: 0354734225

Meets: Monday 5th February 2018

Guildford Progress Association was formed in 1945 as an independent body promoting and maintaining works which aim to improve Guildford for the benefit of it's residents

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.

Probus Club of Castlemaine Inc.

Contact: Peter Terry (61447665741 )

Email: probuscastlemaine@gmail.com

Phone: 61447665741

Meets: Meetings: Mount Alexander Golf Club. Second Wednesday of each month from 10.00am | AGM: Second Wednesday of March each year.

We are a social club for retired ladies and gents, singles and couples - Probus is for Friendship, Fellowship and Fun in retirement!


We hold our meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at the Mount Alexander Golf Club from 10.00 am, followed by morning tea and a guest speaker or social activity.


Additionally we have outings during the month to different venues, which may be organized by our events coordinator or suggested by our members. We also have a caravan and cabin group who travel to different spots in the state several times a year for about 5 days at time, which is always a lot of fun for those who attend.


If you would like to know more about our club please feel to contact me or maybe come along as a guest to one of our meetings - you will be made to feel very welcome.

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