Community Directory

Arts and Culture

4 Strings Good: Castlemaine Ukulele Ensemble

Contact: Cameron Frost (0490 424 828)


Phone: 0490 424 828

Meets: Thursday nights 7:30-9pm at the Criterion Hotel

We meet weekly to play and sing along with an emphasis on learning, fun and social inclusion. Our group formed in Nov 2016. We would like to extend a welcome to uke players with any level of experience.

94.9 MAINfm

Contact: Station Manager (03 5472 4376)


Phone: 03 5472 4376

Level 1, 1 Halford St Castlemaine

Meets: November

94.9 MAINfm is a community radio station based in Castlemaine with a reach that covers the Mount Alexander region & beyond. MAINfm transmits 24 hours each day with music of broad appeal combined with local news and information. 

Our volunteers present programs, train other volunteers & community groups, help run music & community events, fundraise, help around the station, assist in outside broadcasts and any number of other tasks throughout the year.
Membership is by application and is required to become a presenter.  Subscription is open to everyone.

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.

Buda Historic Home & Garden

Contact: Pat Grumont (03 5472 1032)


Phone: 03 5472 1032

42 Hunter St Castlemaine

Buda is an authentic goldfields house and garden located in Castlemaine, Central Victoria. Named after Budapest by its Hungarian owner, Ernest Leviny, it was home to the creative Leviny family for 118 years and houses their significant intact collection of furniture, art works and personal belongings. It is surrounded by an historic 1.2ha garden featuring a unique 19th century Bird Aviary and Tennis Pavilion. An accredited museum with Museums Australia, Buda is open for public viewing year round, and is complemented by an annual events and exhibitions program including talks, tours, High Teas, biennial Textiles Exhibition, and the Traditional Arts Fair every November. Includes onsite Nursery and Giftshop. Buda is a charitable not-for-profit organisation supported by Mount Alexander Shire Council and is recognised as an important historical and cultural asset of Victoria. The historic home is open Wed to Sat 12pm – 5pm and Sundays and Public Holidays 10am to 5pm. Admission applies Office hours 10am - 4pm weekdays. The Garden Room events venue is available for hire all year round. Enquiries to (03) 5472 1032 or email


Contact: Melissa Scott (0427 223 358)


Phone: 0427 223 358

Level 1, 101 Mostyn Street, Castlemaine 3450

CASPA (Castlemaine Contemporary Art Space) is an open-access, artist-run initiative devoted to promoting the wealth and diversity of contemporary art in the Castlemaine and surrounding area.  It supports emerging and established artists and promotes contemporary art in this region.  We feature a new exhibition of visual art every month, and host a variety of music and performance events. As an artist run space, CASPA is a not for profit organization, managed by volunteers and exhibitings fees are to cover running costs.

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 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 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 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 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 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.

Harcourt Valley Heritage & Tourist Centre Inc.

Contact: Secretary (0400 916 527)


Phone: 0400 916 527

7 High Street, Harcourt

Harcourt Heritage has a mission to collect, display, research, preserve and promote the history of the Harcourt Valley. We share a lot of that information online at Harcourt Heritage is the custodian of the C H James collection and operates a museum and research centre in the ANA Hall in the centre of Harcourt. Opening hours are 9.00 am to 4.00 pm every Wednesday. A monthly program of tours and talks brings the past to life. Local history publications are available for sale. Harcourt Valley Heritage & Tourist Committee also conducts the annual Harcourt Applefest in partnership with Harcourt Progress Association and local community groups.

Lions Maldon

Contact: Robert Thompson (0408 555 509)


Phone: 0408 555 509

Fountain Street, MALDON VIC 3463

Meets: 5th Wednesday of any month

The Maldon Lions club operates a op-shop in High Street, Maldon. We raise money for our local community, as well as running the Easter fair, Carols by candlelight and other events throughout the year.

Maldon Athenaeum Library

Contact: Joy Leneaux-Gale (0354751326)


Phone: 0354751326

97 High Street Maldon

The Maldon Athenaeum Library has been serving the people of Maldon and district continuously since 1863 even when the original building burnt down in 1933 the Committee operated the Library from a private residence hence the 154 years of continuous service. Everyone is a volunteer and the volunteers open the Library 4 times each week, take books to the house bound, the hostel and the hospital. The school and the kindergarten are encouraged to attend and story times are held. The Library is active in community events such as Maldon in Winter, the Easter Fair and the Folk Festival. We receive no regular grants from any level of government and are part of the Mechanics Institutes of Victoria.

Maldon Brass Band

Contact: Robert Thompson (0408 555 509)


Phone: 0408 555 509

Francis Street, Maldon VIC 3463

Meets: Tuesdays 7:30 PM, Maldon Community Centre

The Maldon Brass Band was formed in 1863. We are ALWAYS seeking new and experienced players to join our Band.

Maldon Folk Festival

Contact: Pam Lyons (0421643478)


Phone: 0421643478

42 High St, Maldon 3463

Maldon Folk Festival, located in Central Victoria, has been held annually for more than four decades. Each year we provide a long weekend of quality entertainment at affordable prices, to suit all age groups.

Maldon Museum & Archives Association Inc

Contact: Secretary (03 5475 1633)


Phone: 03 5475 1633

Old Shire Hall, 93 High Street, Maldon, 3463

Meets: September each year

The Maldon District Museum contains a large and diverse collection of artefacts from the district. The artefacts range from the unique and highly significant to the curious and commonplace; they all contribute to the rich narrative of the Maldon District. Our museum volunteers meet weekly to catalogue and care for the collection. The History Research Centre houses an extensive collection of Maldon District records, images and reference material which is useful for family history and local district research. Expert researchers are available to assist and manage research requests and we are working to put information online at Public opening hours are Fridays 10am to 2pm for research and Saturdays 1:30pm to 4pm and Market Sundays 10:30am to 2pm to view the museum. Other times by appointment.

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.


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 – Venues and Events

Contact: Admin (0354711700)


Phone: 0354711700

27 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine VIC 3450

Mount Alexander Shire has much to offer, from beautiful heritage streetscapes and picturesque townships to stunning natural surroundings, a thriving local economy and a strong and vibrant cultural life. Our elected Councillors provide local governance to a thriving community of more than 18,000 residents, inhabiting an area of 1,529 square kilometres, divided into five wards. Located in Central Victoria, there are properties and facilities for all lifestyles, from young families to retirees. From health and education to sporting and retail, Mount Alexander has it all, without compromising the importance of the environment and a peaceful and relaxed lifestyle. For visitors, the region offers wonderful opportunities to explore its rich heritage, the natural environment, a wide selection of award winning local produce and a range cultural activities and events.

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.


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.

Taradale Community Forum Inc

Contact: Steve Ebbott (0411 310 310)


Phone: 0411 310 310

19 Pemberton Hill Rd, Taradale Vic 3447

Taradale Community Forum Inc is a community group with the main purpose of enabling regular reporting and information sharing between the many community groups in Taradale. The Forum meets on a quarterly basis and is attended by representatives of these groups and members of the Taradale community. Taradale Community Forum is able to auspice the grants process for non-incorporated groups and has been successful with these.

View Street Public Hall Committee

Contact: Chris Hosking (0437 246 727)


Phone: 0437 246 727

CNR View and Woodman Streets

The public hall on the corner of View and Woodman Streets in Castlemaine is a low cost venue for community groups. The hall is used by artists, fitness enthusiasts, fisher groups, bonsai folk and various dancing groups. In any given month the hall is used on average about 40 times and as peaked at 120. The committee recently finalised a project to install a new floor for the hall to take this important and valuable community asset well into the next 100 years.

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