Community Directory

Mount Alexander Shire

Art Open Studios, Meet the Makers

Contact: Eliza Tree (0409209707)


Phone: 0409209707

22 Hargraves St Castlemaine.

Art Open, Meet the Makers is a biennial, Mount Alexander shire wide event taking place over two weekends, 10 -18 March 2018, including the Labour Day long weekend. Up to 100 artists, dozens of studios, arts trails and exhibitions make up this Visual Arts Festival held in and around Castlemaine. Across the shire, professional artists and artisans will throw open their studio doors and invite people to share their creative work spaces. Arts Open will be held in collaboration with Castlemaine Fringe, Leanganook Music Festival and Regional Centre for Culture activities and events. Information, maps and booklets will be available at:

  • Castlemaine Creative Centre: Cultural Hub, 22 Hargraves st.
  • Castlemaine Visitor Information Centre at the Market Building, Mostyn St Castlemaine.

Arts Open

Contact: Rob Jennings (0466 12 0471)


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.

Barfold Hall

Contact: Sandra Aitken (0412243315)


Phone: 0412243315

1909 Kyneton-Redesdale Road, Barfold

Barfold is a locality situated on the Heathcote-Kyneton Road in Victoria, Australia. It has a community hall, Barfold Hall, and an Anglican church, Barfold Union Church. A significant geological feature in the area is the Barfold Gorge, a four kilometre long gorge which is up to 80 metres deep and has two waterfalls, basalt columns and a lava cave. Barfold was the birthplace of William Watt, Premier of Victoria in 1912 and 1913.


- Main hall is 5.4m wide x 12m long - Meeting room is 3m wide x 8m long with whiteboard - 50 chairs - 5 tables - Kitchenette with oven, cooktop, urn and refrigerator - Basic crockery, cutlery and coffee/tea cups for 50 people - Projector Screen - Heating - Playground - BBQ facilities - External toilets - Ramp access to hall

Fees and Charges

Per Hour $25.00 Half Day $100 Full Day $150


Contact: CAROL MAUNDER (0354467911)


Phone: 0354467911


Meets: First Wednesday of April

We are a Bendigo based group of beekeepers who meet monthly. Open to all intending, hobbyist or commercial beekeepers to share information with others within the industry.

BirdLife Castlemaine District Branch

Contact: Jane Rusden (0448 900 896)


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 to join our monthly eNews providing information about our walks and activities. Also follow us on our Facebook page:

Boomerang Bags Castlemaine and Surrounds

Contact: Ginny Tan, Maryanne Rooney (0417648222)


Phone: 0417648222

Boomerang Bags works to reduce the use of plastic bags by engaging local communities in the making of Boomerang Bags – community made, using recycled materials. Boomerang Bags provide a free, fun, sustainable alternative to plastic bags. By getting involved, you are participating in a global movement, celebrating a grassroots initiative focusing on community building and sustainability. Boomerang Bags communities are areas in which groups of volunteers get together to make bags.

Cairn Curran Sailing Club Inc

Contact: Secretary


Cairn Curran Reservoir, Baringhup Vic 3463

Established in 1959, the purposes of the club are: 1. to promote and encourage recreational and competitive sailing and any activities related to that purpose; 2. to conduct sailing events, competitions and regattas for members and other participants; 3. to educate members in the principles of good sportsmanship, sailing and water safety; 4. to provide for the well-being, comfort, entertainment, social contact and accommodation of its members, guests and visitors.

Campbells Creek Community Garden

Contact: Elizabeth Newbirch (03 5472 2626)


Phone: 03 5472 2626

Rear, Campbells Creek Community Centre

Meets: Join our mailing list by contacting 5472 2626

The garden will be open to all ages and abilities and will be wheelchair/walker accessible. The location is adjacent to the Community Centre and all are invited to join us as we begin planting in 2018. We would like to provide and maintain healthy biodiversity though creating a sustainable garden. Our goal is to establish a garden where the gardeners decide what to grow, where and how, and to share the produce or decide for whom to give the products.

Castlemaine and District Garden Club

Contact: Judy Hopley (0417 382 687)


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: Our annual Garden Market is held on the Sunday before Melbourne Cup Day. New members very welcome. Follow us on our Facebook page:

Castlemaine Bowling Club Inc.

Contact: Peter Williams (5472 1235)


Phone: 5472 1235

27 Berkeley St. Castlemaine

Castlemaine Bowling Club Inc. is a sports and recreation club situated at 27 Berkeley St. Castlemaine. The Club is affiliated with Bowls Victoria and Bendigo Bowls Division for both weekend and mid-week pennant. It supports social and barefoot bowls. The Club also has a Croquet section which is affiliated with Croquet Victoria and Northern District Croquet Association for pennant, and golf croquet is also available. Our Club incorporates and is the home for, Castlemaine Indoor Carpet Bowls Association which has a summer and winter competition. The Club has a fully licensed bar, a large dining hall and commercial kitchen which makes it suitable as a venue to hire for meetings and community group functions.

Castlemaine Camera Club

Contact: Barb Guerin (03 5472 2892)


Phone: 03 5472 2892

Salvation Army Hall, 47 Kennedy St, Castlemaine.

The Castlemaine Camera Club holds monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of the month (except January) at the Salvation Army hall at 47 Kennedy St Castlemaine (next door to the train station) starting at 7:30pm. Our meetings include special guest speakers, information sessions and friendly competitions. In the warmer months we have workshops on the third Tuesday of the month. We have been successfully trialling Saturday morning photo shoots followed by a coffee shop visit and these will continue in 2018. We are regularly invited by community groups to cover their events and we have photographed at Newstead Live!, Relay for Life, Race the Train to Maldon, Interwinter Mountain-biking and Castlemaine Idyll. We welcome all enthusiastic photographers!

Castlemaine Circus

Contact: Kirsty Sutherland (0435 462 749)


Phone: 0435 462 749

Kennedy St Castlemaine

Castlemaine Circus provides circus classes, workshops and performances for all ages throughout the year. Classes include acrobatics, gymnastics, aerial, parkour and the circus arts (juggling, unicycle). We are a not-for-profit organisation providing accessible and affordable classes in our well equipped venue or we can come to you. Our trainers are highly trained practitioners from the region. Our classes our challenging, fun, social and welcoming to all.

Castlemaine Community House

Contact: Martyn Shaddick ((03) 5472 4842)


Phone: (03) 5472 4842

Castlemaine Community House provides programs and activities contributing to community development and supporting individuals and groups within the local community.   Castlemaine Community House is in Castlemaine, Mount Alexander Shire, within the Central Goldfield region of Victoria. It is situated 120kms from Melbourne, approximately an hour and 15 minutes from the city. Castlemaine is encircled by at least six towns, each with their own particular identity. In addition to its established population, the Shire is a magnet for an increasing population of arts practitioners, tree changers, down shifters and those pursuing an alternative lifestyle based on environmental sustainability.   Castlemaine Community House provides programs and activities contributing to community development and supporting individuals and groups within the local community.  

Castlemaine Country Women’s Association (CWA)

Contact: Joyce Sanders (5470 6298 (Secretary- Joyce Sanders))


Phone: 5470 6298 (Secretary- Joyce Sanders)

Meets: Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Ray Bradfield Room at 6:30pm

Community women's group working to improve the conditions for country women and their children by fundraising and lobbying for change.

Castlemaine Football & Netball Club Inc

Phone: 03 5472 1440

Camp Reserve, Forest Street, Castlemaine Vic 3450

CFNC is one of Australia’s oldest and proudest sporting clubs and has a rich history of success and notable past players.  We compete in the prestigious Bendigo Football Netball League at senior level, the Bendigo Junior Football League at junior level and in the Victorian Country Masters Australian Football League. The club is one of the largest community organisations in Central Victoria and has over 350 active members pursuing their passion for football and netball.  We are both structurally and culturally “one club” in terms of the junior and senior teams and pride ourselves on the active involvement of our senior sportsmen and women in junior development. Our mission is to have sustainable and successful sporting teams by fostering local talent and encouraging all members of the community to participate.  We aim to have fun but are serious in our commitment to excellence and providing pathways to realise potential. There are many opportunities to be involved, whether it’s playing or coaching, as part of our wonderful volunteer base or joining in our associated social activities.  CFNC is the perfect outlet for participation in the Castlemaine community and we actively assume leadership in many broader initiatives, particularly those surrounding health and wellbeing and the participation of local kids in sport.

Castlemaine Football Netball Club Inc

Contact: Lorelle Huntly (0438552823)


Phone: 0438552823

Forest Street (Cnr Gingell Street) Castlemaine Vic 3450

THE PATHWAY! Castlemaine Football Netball Club offers the highest level of AFL, AFLW & Netball in our region. We are a family friendly, all inclusive club that caters for all ages - Age Groups start at Auskick (5 & over) - U9 - U10 - U12 - U14 - U15 Girls -U16 - U18 - Youth Girls - Reserves - Seniors & Masters in AFL Football together with Development Squad - 17 & Under - B Reserve - B Grade - A Reserve & A Grade Netball. We are part of the Bendigo Football Netball League. Our focus is on providing people of all ages a place to meet others whilst enjoying the outdoors and learning all about team sport and the advantages it offers to everyone. With over 500 members we always cater for every person who is part of our club - come join us and be a part of our future - become the next Tiahna Cochrane (AFLW), Kane Farrell (ALF) or Dustin Martin (AFL)

Castlemaine Fringe

Contact: Azzy Jones


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 Goldfields FC

Contact: Tony Cormack


Chewton Soldiers' Memorial Park, Fryers Rd, Chewton VIC 3451

CGFC is the only football (soccer) club in the Mount Alexander Shire. We offer introductory football games (small sided) for our youngest members (5-9), mixed male and female junior teams (U10-U16) competing in the the regional Bendigo Amateur Soccer League, and senior competition for men (Melbourne Metro) and women (Melbourne Metro). We also support a range of social programs during and outside of the official season for women and men. As the only club in the Shire we aim to find a place for everyone interested in playing the World Game. All roles are undertaken by volunteers and the club requires participation and involvement from all to maintain itself.

Castlemaine Group of Bendigo Legacy

Contact: Secretary (0354742426)


Phone: 0354742426

36 Mostyn Street, Castlemaine, Vic

The spirit of Legacy is service in the care of widows and dependant children of those who have served in the defence of their country and who gave their lives or their health. The Legacy promise, to care for those left behind, was first made in the heat of the battle of Pozieres in 1917. It is brought to life locally by selfless support of the many dependants within the Mount Alexander Shire. Financial, practical and social support includes Legacy Laurel Club activities and an annual Christmas Luncheon. Twenty-two active Legatees attend to the needs of the Shire's cohort of Legacy Widows.

Castlemaine Health

Contact: Janine (5471 3505)


Phone: 5471 3505

142 Cornish Street Castlemaine

Meets: Monday, 26 November 2018

Castlemaine Health is part of the Victorian public hospital network. We deliver a range of health services to people living in and around the Shire of Mount Alexander. We provide respectful, compassionate care to our inpatients and outpatients. Our aged care residences are home to a close-knit community supported by caring, local staff. We deliver nursing and palliative care services to people in their homes. We also offer social support and activity programs in the community.

Castlemaine Highland Pipe Band

Contact: Terri Baigent (0422505055)


Phone: 0422505055

Band Hall, The Old Tea Rooms, Castlemaine Botanic Gardens

Meets: 18 August 2019

The Castlemaine Highland Pipe Band is a social band that regularly plays a range of local events. We have been in the community since 1953 and are known for wearing traditional uniform, including feather bonnets, horse hair sporrans, woolen kilts and plaids. The band holds weekly practices in the band hall, located in the Castlemaine Botanic Gardens. Every Wednesday evening from 7 pm onward is a full band practice. Learner's start at 6 pm. All are welcome. We love beginners, so if you're interested in learning the bagpipes or drums feel free to contact or just drop in. Experienced players looking for a friendly band should join the team too!

Castlemaine Historical Society Incorporated

Contact: Secretary (5470 6072)


Phone: 5470 6072

7 Goldsmith Crescent, Castlemaine, 3450

Meets: General Meeting, 1st Monday of the month at the Former Courthouse

Castlemaine Historical Society Inc. maintains, and adds to, a very large archive of historical records related to Mount Alexander Shire. These are available for public access every Tuesday at The Former Courthouse, 7 Goldsmith Crescent, Castlemaine between 9am and 3pm. Expert researchers are available to help and can also manage postal research requests. We hold monthly meetings with guest speakers on topics of local interest. Public lectures can also be arranged as can a variety of walks and tours of historic interest.

Castlemaine Library

Contact: Jess Saunders (03 5472 1458)


Phone: 03 5472 1458

Entry via Mechanics Lane, Castlemaine

Castlemaine Library is part of the Goldfields Libraries, and the only branch in Mt Alexander Shire. We provide 3 public internet computers, free WiFi access, access to colour copying, printing and scanning and regular weekly one-on-one IT help sessions. We will be implementing a home based library service in 2018, too. We also feature 3 weekly children's sessions during school terms as well as a great school holiday program, regular events, lectures and workshops for adult and young people as part of our Seasonal Program, the Castlemaine Seed Library and a host of outreach activities during the year. It's worth checking out our website, and also subscribing to our newsletter for e-updates.

Castlemaine Press

Contact: Kir Larwill


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.

Castlemaine Repair Café

Contact: Chris Hooper (0354705508)


Phone: 0354705508

25 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine

The Repair Cafe is a group of people who meet on the last Sunday of each month at Castlemaine Town Hall (previously Ray Bradfield) , from 10 to 1 to repair broken items for the community - items that may otherwise end up in landfill. Bring along household appliances, sewing, darning, picture frames, small furniture, blunt knives etc. The idea is that you learn to repair where possible. We also serve delicious food and beverages and provide a welcoming space for all. It's called a cafe because you may have to wait to see a repairer as we do get very busy. We welcome new repairers and anyone who'd like to help on the day. No new items after 12.30.

Castlemaine Theatre Company

Contact: Kate Stones


The Castlemaine Theatre Company is a not for profit community theatre. We produce theatre works that are both entertaining and challenging, and support the growth of our community as theatre audiences and practitioners. We have a creative and vibrant Youth Theatre Company who stage their own self devised works. They form an integral part of our activities. We also host ‘Speakeasy’ events on a monthly basis – informal social meetings for our members to experiment with play readings and improvisation. The Castlemaine Theatre Company considers itself theatre for the people, by the people and of the people.

Castlemaine Toy Library

Contact: LIzzie Casley


Uniting Church Hall, 12 Lyttleton St, Castlemaine

The Castlemaine Toy Library is a non-profit community organisation run by volunteers. We are funded by grants, membership fees and through fundraising activities. Established in 1987, the Castlemaine Toy Library offers local families with preschool children the opportunity to borrow toys and take them home to enjoy. Our toys are well-designed, safe, non-branded, non-gender specific, and educational. Our wide selection includes infant toys, games, slides, outdoor toys, dress-ups, balance bikes, ride-ons, puzzles, musical instruments, and theme-play and role-play toys such as kitchens, dolls and train sets. We keep our toys in great condition and buy new ones on a regular basis. Our toys are aimed at a wide range of ages, from babies to early school years.

CHIRP Community Health

Contact: Reception (5479 1000)


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)


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 Public Hall

Contact: Greg Edward (03 5473 4331)


Phone: 03 5473 4331

32 Fryers Street Guildford, Victoria

The Guildford Public Hall is available for hire and is right in the middle of Guildford just across from the Guildford Family Hotel.


- Hall is 8m wide x 15m long, with 150 chairs and 20 tables - Stage 5.5m wide x 4m deep - Meeting room is 4m wide x 5.5m long, with 24 chairs and 2 tables - Kitchen with oven, cooktop, microwave, urn, refrigerator and pie warmer. - Crockery, cutlery, water glasses, tea/coffee cups for 100+ people - Projector and screen - PA system to hall - Heating to hall - Heating and air conditioning to meeting room - Street parking - Accessible entry and toilet

Fees and charges

Commercial hire

Whole Facility

$200.00 Hall only $200.00 Hall and kitchen $200.00 Meeting room only $30.00 Meeting room and kitchen $30.00 Community hire

Whole Facility

$75.00 Hall only $75.00 Hall and kitchen $75.00 Meeting room only $15.00 Meeting room and kitchen $15.00

Harcourt & District Leisure Centre Inc

Contact: Booking Officer (03 5474 2226)


Phone: 03 5474 2226

68 Binghams Rd, Harcourt

The Harcourt Leisure Centre is a spacious indoor facility set within the grounds of the Harcourt Recreation Reserve in Bingham's Rd, Harcourt. It includes a large flexible space, kitchen, smaller meeting room, power, seating and bathrooms. The adjacent Reserve is utilised for seasonal sports of Football, Netball, Cricket and Tennis. The building serves as the Harcourt community hall, accommodating up to three concurrent uses and is the home of Harcourt CWA, Harcourt Carpet Bowls association and many other community events. Harcourt Leisure Centre is ideally sized, equipped and situated to serve as a regional event centre. It is a popular venue for large scale annual events as well as funerals, weddings, dances and birthday parties .

Harcourt Cemetery

Contact: Jan Hull (54742420)


Phone: 54742420

Harmony Way, Harcourt, Vic 3453

Harcourt Cemetery is located on Harmony Way , Harcourt. Gazetted in 1862, the first burial was that of Robert Young on 30th December 1866. The cemetery features many examples of Harcourt Granite tombstones, the largest being to the memory of quarrymaster Joseph Blight. Denominational sections were allocated to the Catholic, Wesleyan, Presbyterian, Church of England and Methodist churches with land reserved at the western side for all others. A notable monument in this latter section commemorates Henry Robert Bastow, Victorian Goverment Architect, who ended his days as a community leader in the locality. A lawn section was established in 1982

Harcourt CWA

Contact: Mary Tigg (0400861950)


Phone: 0400861950

Harcourt Recreational Hall Harcourt

Meets: November 2018

Harcourt CWA is 86 years old and has been influential in the lives of many women in the Harcourt area. The Members who meet twice monthly enjoy fellowship, learn new skills and are involved in supporting and initating many State and Federal policies. The Members are well known in the local community for their work with the local Hospital, School, and also present a concert annually which is attended by many seniors in the shire. The Members of the Harcourt CWA are an interesting and happy group of members who welcome new members with new ideas.

MAINfm Castlemaine Community Radio

Contact: Station Manager (03 5472 4376)


Phone: 03 5472 4376

1 Halford St Castlemaine

Meets: Mid calendar year

MAINfm is a community radio station that broadcasts to the Mt Alexander Shire from Maldon to Ballarat. It is a volunteer run oganisation based at 1 Halford St Castlemaine. We broadcast 24/7, with a strong program grid from 9 in the morning (sometimes earlier) to midnight, seven days a week. Our volunteers present programs, train other volunteers, fundraise, help around the office, assist in outside broadcasts and any number of other tasks through the year. Membership is by application and is required to become a presenter but; Subscription is open to everyone.

Maldon & Baringhup Agricultural Society Inc

Contact: Secretary (0407 833 380)


Phone: 0407 833 380

Maldon Racecourse Reserve, Lewis Road, Maldon

Meets: AGM Wednesday 14 February, 2018

Maldon Agricultural Show has been going since 1885, and except for the war years has not ceased operation. The Spring Show features our local farmers, has a great horse program and has a range of activities for all the family. Join us on the 3rd Sunday in October yearly for the Maldon and Baringhup Agricultural Society Show.

Maldon Croquet Club

Contact: Tina Fratta (54752340)


Phone: 54752340

5 Francis Street Maldon 3463

Established in 1925 Maldon Croquet Club is situated in the heart of Maldon. We play Golf Croquet, both at level and handicap play, we play 3 mornings a week, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday's. We have one A court and an excellent green, there is a clubhouse and currently, we have 27 club members. We are part of the Northern District Croquet Association (NDCA) with our members playing district pennant and regular interclub challenges plus social play days. Visitors and new members are always welcome to come and have a game, we are a friendly and relaxed club, we have spare mallets and can offer to coach new players.

Maldon Market

Contact: Chris Hain (03 5475 2093)


Phone: 03 5475 2093

1 Church St. Maldon Victoria

The Maldon Market is a monthly Sunday market for lovers of hand grown produce, home made food and gorgeous hand made crafty treats held on the second Sunday of every month in Fountain St & the Shire Gardens, Maldon. The Maldon Market features specially selected stall holders from the creative and fertile heart of Victoria, as well as emerging Melbourne talent. From soap to soup, fruit to furniture, plants to pants, jewellery to jumpers, the Maldon Market has something for everyone. With a passion for grass roots creativity and quality products, the Maldon Market provides visitors the chance to meet the dedicated makers, bakers, sewers and growers behind the exciting range of things the market has on offer. Located in the historic goldfields region between Castlemaine and Bendigo, Maldon provides a peaceful country market atmosphere that the whole family will love. Spend the morning at the market and the afternoon in the town and you will have the perfect day trip to Australia's first National Trust classified town. Better still, come on Saturday and stay in some of the quirky, quaint or simply beautiful accommodation and make a weekend of it!  

Maldon Museum and Archives Association

Contact: Valerie Evans


Old Shire Hall, Shire Gardens, 93 High Street Maldon Vic 3463

Maldon Museum is located in the old shire hall in the Maldon gardens in High Street Maldon and is open to the public every Saturday from 1:30pm to 4:00pm and the second Sunday of every month from 10;30 until 2:00pm. Our mission is to preserve and make accessible to the public, items and documents of Maldon and District.

Maldon Neighbourhood Centre

Contact: Amy Atkinson ((03) 5475 2093)


Phone: (03) 5475 2093

cnr Church & Edwards Sts, Maldon

The Maldon Neighbourhood Centre was incorporated in February 1986 and has since been an important resource for our town and the wider community. We offer a variety of facilities and services, including Learn Local courses, occasional childcare, meeting spaces, playgroup, community garden and a range of clubs and societies. We undertake community development projects and advocate for our community. We are a not-for-profit community based organisation that encourages a sense of belonging and community engagement. The Maldon Neighbourhood Centre offers a child-friendly outdoor space, a meeting area and classroom, a Community Garden open to all and a drop-in centre with comfy couches and a welcoming atmosphere as well as the fantastic Church Hall.

Maldon Neighbourhood Centre Occasional Childcare Service

Contact: Coordinator (+61354752093)


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.

Maldon Pétanque Club Inc.

Contact: Sandy Noble (0429 006 130)


Phone: 0429 006 130

St Brigid's Church grounds Corner Adair and Chapel Streets Maldon, 3463

The Club was established in 2003 and has a growing and enthusiastic membership. Pétanque is a family game where gender, age and physical prowess have very little to do with success. Skill and cunning need time to develop! We extend a warm welcome to visitors and new players. Come and try pétanque with us. Boules are available at no charge and an experienced player will guide you through the basics. You just might find it’s the sport for you. We meet every alternate Sunday, with games starting at 2 pm. and at 1:30 in the winter months. After the competition we repair to the church hall for a delicious afternoon tea. President: Andrew Leckie - Phone: 03 5475 1474 Secretary: George Forster - Email: - Phone: 5472 1506 Address of Play: St Brigid's Church grounds Corner Adair and Chapel Streets Maldon, 3463 Melway Map 921 C10

Metcalfe Hall

Contact: Fiona Clapham (0354232682)

Phone: 0354232682

Kyneton-Metcalfe Road, Metcalfe, near the corner of Wilsons Rd

Metcalfe is a locality in central Victoria, Australia and lies on the Coliban River, downstream from the Malmsbury reservoir. Metcalfe was developed mainly during the central Victorian gold rush of 1851-1865. For most of its history the major economic activity has been grazing. Recent (2015) purchases of large grazing properties have been made by Chinese interests. At times, Metcalfe has had a school, a post office, a pub and various other businesses, but all of these are now closed. With the opening of the Calder Freeway the volume of traffic travelling via Metcalfe between Kyneton and Bendigo reduced significantly.


- Hall is 8m wide x 9m long, with 100 chairs and 20 tables - Meeting room is 3m wide x 6m long, with 15 chairs and 2 tables - Kitchen with oven, cooktop, microwave, urn, refrigerator, freezer, pie warmer and dish washer. - Crockery, cutlery, and water glasses for 100 people - Tea/coffee cups for 75 people - Projector and screen to hall - PA system to hall - Whiteboard to meeting room - Heating and air conditioning - Onsite parking for 50 cars - BBQ facilities - Outdoor seating area

Fees and charges

Commercial Hire Meeting $50.00 Dance / Party $100.00 Wedding $150.00 Hire for local groups and residents Meeting $25.00 Dance / Party $65.00 Wedding $105.00 A cleaning charge will apply should the hirer require the Committee to arrange cleaning after the function. A bond will also apply for functions.


Contact: Emma Dubuc


Mirawara is about enhancing cultural and environmental awareness through participation in nature based activities. Mirawara's vision is to help our community connect with each other, creating a better understanding of our cultural diversity and the connection we all have with our natural environment.

Mount Alexander Shire Council Youth Advisory Group

Contact: Shannon Lacy (03 5471 1700)


Phone: 03 5471 1700

The Youth Advisory Group (YAG) assists Council to better engage with young people when conducting community consultations. The group provides input into Council decisions and strategies, helps to identify issues and solutions on matters relevant to young people, and helps to develop local youth initiatives. We aim to have a diversity of views and experiences on the group. Any young person aged 12 to 25 years can apply to become a member. The group meets fortnightly and is guided by the Mount Alexander Shire Council Youth Engagement Charter and the group’s Terms of Reference. The Youth Advisory Group is supported by Council's Youth Development Team. Council's Youth Advisory Group is supported through the Victorian State Government Engage! 2015-2017 Program.

Mount Alexander Shire Disability Advocacy Group (MASDAG)

Contact: Lorraine le Plastrier (+61439964179)


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.

Mount Alexander Sustainability Group

Contact: Volunteer (03 5470 6978)


Phone: 03 5470 6978

325 Barker St, Castlemaine VIC 3450

Meets: November

Mount Alexander Sustainability Group (MASG) is the peak sustainability organisation for the Mount Alexander Shire, delivering education, research, advocacy, and endorsement for shire wide sustainability and clean energy initiatives. MASG was established in 2006, by a passionate group of locals who wanted to see coordinated action on climate change and support the Mount Alexander Shire Community to work towards a sustainable future. MASG is local people taking action to combat climate change. As an organisation MASG is committed: • To significantly reduce the region’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. • To target zero net emissions by 2025 in the Mt Alexander Shire. • To encourage, support and partner with other organisations and business to help the shire reach this target • To protect, and where necessary, enhance the built environment. • To help build and nurture a community in which relationships, social justice and creativity are highly valued. • To Seed, Support and Deliver projects which have aligned goals and are strongly supported by the local community. • To have projects which optimise the use of local resources. • To have financial, social and sustainability benefits realised in the local community and its economy. Our members are householders and local schools, businesses, and community organisations. A charity and non-government organisation, MASG can receive tax deductible donations to assist us with our work. MASG regularly responds to partnership requests, and works to support local organisations, businesses and projects by sharing resourcing, providing financial auspice, volunteers and exposure through our marketing networks.

Movement Zone Studio

Contact: Sas Cook (0402087949)


Phone: 0402087949

20 Campbell Street, Castlemaine 3450

Movement Zone (MZ) have been dance leaders since 2009! We offer specialised classes in Hiphop and Breakdance, Dance Therapy, Private lessons, School workshops, holiday programs and choreography. The Movement Zone studio is also available to hire for rehearsals, classes or workshops, creative developments, small showings, meetings, children parties and conferences. MZ is committed to providing a high quality space for independent artists and community based activities. MZ is well appointed in the centre of Castlemaine, comfortable, spacious, clean and fitted out. Specs: 6.3 x 10.3m metres/Sprung floors/Ducted heating and aircon/Mirrors/Wall mounted ballet barres suited for children & adults/Jigsaw mats/Natural light / blackout curtains/PA with aux plug in/Projector & Screen/Access to chairs and trestle tables by request /TV & DVD player/Wheelchair accessible/Lockers (for regular users) and ample car parking/Storage/Coffee machine & Tea facilities/Fridge/Unisex toilets

Mt Alexander Community Enterprise Inc

Contact: Robyn Lewis (0438724025)


Phone: 0438724025

Meets: Quarterly meetings

MtACE raises funds for community projects through their partnership with Bendigo Bank and Bendigo Telco. Every account linked to MtACE generates a commission and the management committee decide how these funds are spent within our community. Funds are spent on identified projects such as Food@Christmas, pre-driver training, sport facility redevelopment plus annual grants to community groups. The more people who choose these businesses and ask to link their accounts with MtACE, the greater the funds we have to return to our community.

Muckleford Cricket Club

Contact: Brett Cole (0439882765)


Phone: 0439882765

9 Nolan Street, South Muckleford

Meets: August 2018

Located just outside of Castlemaine, the Muckleford Cricket Club is affiliated with the Castlemaine & District Cricket Association. We currently have 4 open age teams, 2 Under 16 teams and 2 Under 13 teams. We welcome any new players and their families, no matter their ability, race or gender we will aim to accommodate.

Newstead Walks and Wheels

Contact: Jen Dyer (0438 568 736)


Phone: 0438 568 736

Our purpose is to develop a series of local walking and wheeling options and where feasible to make them accessible for users of wheelchairs/mobility scooters/ prams and pushers. We are also interested in contributing to the development of longer distance trails which link to neighbouring towns/villages. Newstead Walks and Wheels is affiliated with Newstead 2021.

Phee Broadway Theatre Castlemaine

Contact: Cultural Development Officer (03 5471 1877)


Phone: 03 5471 1877

Mechanics Lane, Castlemaine

The Castlemaine Phee Broadway Theatre is situated in the heart of Castlemaine and shares the former Mechanic’s Institute Building with the Castlemaine Library. The theatre seats 230 people and has access for patrons who use a wheelchair. The foyer of the theatre is a shared public space with the Library and is utilised as an exhibition space throughout the year. The Phee Broadway Theatre programs an annual season of live performance and theatre featuring a selection of touring productions from across Australia as well as locally produced work. You can see the program for this year here. The theatre is also used for community and school productions, touring shows, live music, dance, forums, seminars and lectures. See upcoming community events here.

Phoenix Chewton CWA

Contact: Rain Millar (0401 794 664)


Phone: 0401 794 664

Meets: November 2018

Phoenix Chewton is a vibrant new branch of the Country Women's Association of Victoria with a modern profile. Supporting women, children, and their families in our Mount Alexander community. We have regular coffee and catch up sessions at the Chewton General store from February through to December, and welcome any invitations or ideas where we can be of assistance to our local communities. We would love to welcome new families to the community

Probus Club of Castlemaine Inc.

Contact: Peter Terry (61447665741 )


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.


Contact: Adrian Corbett (0417 795 410)


Phone: 0417 795 410

Punctum Experiments in Live Arts - The Best in the Field

Founded in 2004, Punctum is an artist-led Live Arts organisation based in Castlemaine, Australia. We're a key centre for arts excellence and enquiry. We examine the relationship between artist and audience through live arts productions and residencies. We work in collaboration with established and emerging artists, audiences, institutions, organisations and businesses. Our works are grown regionally and are presented locally, nationally and internationally. We are small in scale and big in commitment. We seek to advance contemporary performance practice by growing it in regional contexts. We foster new approaches to performance making and audience engagement. Our productions, programs and curating generate unique opportunities for artists to experiment and create new performance works with audiences in supportive regional settings locally, nationally and internationally. Our aesthetic, like our approach to creating and collaborating, shifts with the expression of each subject, artists and setting. Artists associated with our programs develop new works that push boundaries and open the way for audience collaboration and participation.  We invite artists to experiment with installations and performances that encourage activation and reflection; to build contemporary art forms that are inclusive. We draw on local knowledge, sites and civic concerns, working in close proximity with residents. Through our programs we seek to gather people together to collectively reinterpret their present, reconsider their past and re-imagine their future. We create programs which give contemporary art a central place in regional culture.

We drive two programs:

Works - Punctum in-house multi-year commissioned, curated and created works. We've created and produced seventy-one works since 2004. Residencies - Seedpod: a development residency, we've hosted and mentored over four hundred artists since 2008. In 2011 Punctum was funded as a cultural leader in Live Arts through the Australia Council’s Cultural Leadership initiative. In 2012 we were cited in Regional Arts Victoria’s Key Producer document as being one of two regionally based Victorian “icon” arts organisations. In 2013 we were invited to represent Australian experimental and participatory performance for MONS2015 - European Cultural Capital, Belgium.

S.M.S. Single Mums Support – Castlemaine

Contact: Samantha Rowe (0413932904)


Phone: 0413932904

S.M.S. Single Mums Support is a group run by parents for parents. It’s designed to support single mums in the Castlemaine region. The group accepts single fathers also but it predominantly geared towards support for women. The group is run through Facebook. S.M.S. aims to provide shared support through baby sitting, school pick ups, meal & shopping support when parents are sick, recycle baby & children's goods to others, share accommodation and rental listings, recycled furniture, updates of free or low cost family friendly events and a place to seek advise, share the load & feel empowered. This is a place to find help by supporting each other !

South Castlemaine Kindergarten

Contact: Amber Smolak (0354722432)


Phone: 0354722432

9 Etty Street Castlemaine 3450

Meets: February 21st 2018

South Castlemaine Kindergarten encourages development through active play as we believe young children learn by doing - a play based approach. We believe kindergarten and learning should be fun and we aim to display this in both our interactions with the children and in the play experiences that are planned. The program is developed according to the individual child's needs, interests and developmental level using the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework. We believe in fostering an inclusive program where all children are regarded as equals.  We foster the relationship between parents and staff, supporting and acknowledging each other and the complementary role in the education of the child. As a kindergarten dedicated to the health and wellbeing of our children, we are participating in the Healthy Together Achievement Program. This government program is incorporated into our approach, with enhanced outcomes for health, learning and development. We aim to teach children about sustainability through reduced water usage, recycling and our worm farm. In 2013 we were proud to be nominated as a Pilot Kindergarten in the SPARK Energy for Change Program. Staff, families and children were all actively involved in reducing our environmental footprint and making energy reduction a daily habit. Our kindergarten continues to work to reduce our energy use without compromising comfort levels, we have extended this with the addition of solar panels in 2015. We offer many fun ways to learn and our program includes science activities, library borrowing, cooking and the celebration of special events like Mothers' Day, Fathers' Day and festivals. We have visits from services and community members such as the Police, Ambulance, Fire Brigade, local Dentists, Bakers and reciprocal visits with the Library. We go on local walking excursions, and soon will begin visiting the local elderly hospice at Castlemaine Health.

Sutton Grange Hall

Contact: Vivien Pells (0412882402)


Phone: 0412882402

921 Sutton Grange-Faraday Rd (Cnr Sutton Grange-Bendigo Rd) Sutton Grange

Sutton Grange is widely known for its fine food and wine, boasting the Sutton Grange Organic Farm or Holy Goat Cheese, Colliers Fine Chocolates and several successful wineries and Broad's Dairy. Sutton Grange is also known for its horse racing, hosting Sutton Grange Winery/Stud and its fine Merino wool, which is some of the best in Australia.


- Hall is 9m wide x 15m long, with a capacity of 120 people seated theatre style - Stage is 5m wide x 2.5m deep with dressing room to one side - Kitchen with oven, cooktop, microwave, urn, refrigerator and pie warmer - Crockery, cutlery, and tea/coffee cups for 100 people - PA system - Heating - Onsite parking for 50 cars - Playground - Outdoor seating area - Accessible entry and toilet Meeting room/Foyer: - Meeting room is 5m wide x 7m long - 20 chairs and 2 tables - Whiteboard

Fees and charges

Commercial Hire Whole facility $15.00 per hour $88.00 for 6 hours $165.00 for 24 hours Meeting room and kitchen $10.00 per hour $55.00 for 6 hours Community Hire Whole facility $10.00 per hour $66.00 for 6 hours $110.00 for 24 hours Meeting room and kitchen $5.00 per hour $25.00 for 6 hours A $200 deposit applies to all hirers for large events and parties. This deposit is refundable.

Taradale Primary School

Contact: Christopher Burgess (54232247)


Phone: 54232247

98 High Street Taradale

Taradale Primary School provides a safe and caring school environment where every child's efforts and achievements are valued. Parents and carers form an important part of the school community and are encouraged to become involved in school life. We are a welcoming community school located in a peaceful location with expansive leafy grounds that offer children plenty of room for exploration, learning, play and sport. Taradale Primary School offers a calm and caring learning environment as well as a high quality curriculum. Our school embraces diversity and is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe - regardless of race, gender, religious background, sexuality, gender identity, cultural background, linguistic background, family background, or disability. The school’s philosophy is to ensure a friendly, child centred learning environment where all students are treated as individuals and are encouraged to achieve success as independent, self-motivated learners whose voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. We have high expectations of all children as learners and are proud of our academic results.

The Goldenhope Foundation

Contact: Mr Max Lesser (03 54706220)


Phone: 03 54706220

136 Main Rd Chewton 3451

Meets: May 2018

The Goldenhope Foundation (GHF) is a national registered health promotion charity with DGR status whose mission is to promote healthy strategies to combat children’s depression. It’s role could be likened to the ambulance at the top of the cliff rather than the ambulance at the bottom in a suite of strategies necessary in our Australian communities to combat depression. The GHF reinforces healthy self esteem, caring for self and others, strong community supports, taking responsibility for self, empathy and finally “no meanness” a simple strategy pivotal to reducing violence and bullying in any social interaction. The GHF has a unique approach which utilises the words and pictures created by children to pass on its message. The GHF chiefly prints and distributes 2D materials of relevance to adults and children alike which allows them to interact with the materials using their creativity, imagination, spatial, maths and language skills to color in draw, manipulate, cut up and display the materials in their own unique way, and then go on to share these with others thus simply passing on and reinforcing the message of care and support. The GHF creates strategic alliances with other community support groups and or operators to help distribute it message. As well it distributes materials to Central Victorian schools, churches, waiting rooms and tourism operators regularly, updating its materials according to changing community emphasis, special events and or special celebrations. Unlike many other charities the GHF does not seek money to support its goals, it is funded philanthropically and has no administrative costs. The Foundation has been operating for over 20 years has longitudinal data now to support the value of its mission and since its inception has delivered over 1 million printed story cards to the community locally, statewide and nationally.

The Hub Foundation

Contact: Jo Kaptein (0455589065)


Phone: 0455589065

Founded in May 2014, the Hub Foundation Castlemaine Ltd is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. It was set up to help reduce CO2 emissions in the region through a range of grassroots community projects. Our largest project to-date is MASH, short for More Australian Solar Homes. MASH is a community solar bulk-buy project which has cut emissions by around 4,500 tonnes a year (equal to around 900 cars off the road) with over 12,000 solar panels installed since September 2014. Other project include 'Plastic Bag Free Castlemaine', a campaign to encourage shoppers & local retailers to reduce their use of plastic bags. MASH partners include Mount Alexander Shire Council, Mount Alexander Sustainability Group and Councils and Sustainability Groups in neighbouring Shires.

U3A Castlemaine

Contact: Terry Murphy (0425 712 362)


Phone: 0425 712 362

The Octopus, 4 Duke Street, Castlemaine 3450

Meets: held on the the first Friday in October each year

U3A Castlemaine was formed in May 1988 and in June of that year the first Committee was elected. Membership is open to anyone residing in the Mount Alexander Shire who is retired or semi-retired. The purpose of the organisation is to provide an opportunity to share knowledge of members through classes and other learning activities. Classes are held throughout the year and may be weekly or less frequent, run for the whole year or are short courses. There are no prerequisite qualifications required, no exams held and no certificates awarded. During 2018 approximately 90 courses are being offered. Attendance at all courses is free for members but some classes charge a small consumables fee. Annual membership fee is $60.00.

Victorian Goldfields Railways


Phone: 03 5470 6658

Platform 3, Castlemaine Railway Station, Kennedy Street, Castlemaine Vic 3450

Winding through forest and open land in Central Victoria, the Victorian Goldfields Railway is a remnant of the extensive branch line railway system which served rural Victoria from around 1880 through to the 1970's. The line from Castlemaine brought rail connection to Maldon and Muckleford, achieving the aim of providing transport and communication to this isolated area. With time, the value of the branchline railway waned as the increased use of road motor transport reduced the isolation of rural areas. The Maldon Railway, no longer a vital link, outlived its usefulness and like the other 'light' lines of Victoria, closure and dismantling appeared to be the only prospect. Closure came, but through the efforts of volunteers the line has taken on a new life as a heritage railway, enabling the visitor to see, hear and participate in an active steam railway from the era of the branchline.  

Waldorf Homeschooling Castlemaine Style

Contact: Samantha Rowe (0413932904)


Phone: 0413932904

Waldorf Homeschooling Group - Castlemaine style As a group we are using Waldorf education principles to educate our children and ourselves, we support each other to provide great education opportunities both in our own home and when we gather together. As parents/teachers we are committed to ongoing adult education on Steiner Philosophy so that we can become fully aware of ourselves as educators for our children and to help us understand what Waldorf is and how it influences our homeschooling. As a group we are all using a Waldorf curriculum or free schooling with a waldorf rhythm and perspective as a foundation to our children’s year. What our Waldorf homeschooling group activities look like for this group; each season we gather on a Friday in a different natural environment that truly embraces the elements expressed in each season. It is here we have seasonal festivals, seasonal crafts and stories, morning circle, free creative play all within a rhythmic structure with emphasis on the in and out breath.

WISA Wellbeing in Schools Australia

Contact: Jac Van Velsen (0423 823 145)


Phone: 0423 823 145

Meets: October 2018

The company is a not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee which is established to be, and to continue as, a charity.

School communities building resilience in all students, especially the most marginalised and those at risk of marginalisation, so they can reach their potential in education and in life.
To work collaboratively with and support school communities in building a strategic whole of school approach to health and wellbeing that creates a socially just environment where all students can thrive, particularly those at risk of or who are being marginalised.

XtremeInc Youth Projects

Contact: Sarah Cook (0402087949)


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