Community Directory

Community Organisations

Baringhup and Maldon Community Bus

Contact: Tina Fratta (0428329299)

Email: baringhupbus@gmail.com

Phone: 0428329299

cnr Church and Edward streets Maldon

This Bus can be booked for community activities or private functions. The bus can carry 11 passengers plus a driver. Any driver over 25 y.o. with a car licence can hire the bus. To make a booking and check availability go to www.maldon.org.au/baringhup-maldon-community-bus-service/. Check the bookings calender for availability, read the Bus policies, then print and complete the Charter/Hire Agreement. You can also make a phone booking on 0428 329 299 or email baringhupbus@gmail.com. The Maldon Neighbourhood Centre runs a community transport service providing a flexible bus service between Maldon, Baringhup, Castlemaine, Chewton Wesley Hill, Barkers Creek, Campbells Creek and links to existing PTV services. The Community Transport Service can pick up from residential houses and take people door to door and the bus can be hailed down whilst on route. There is a regular community bus service on TUESDAYS and FRIDAYS. The bus can accommodate wheelie walkers and shopping trolleys. Check out the bus timetable www.maldonnc.org.au/community-bus and give us a call on 5475 2093 to book your seat. Calling after hours? Just leave a message with your pick up address, destination and a contact phone number.

Baringhup Community Committee

Contact: David Anderson (0418 326 338)

Email: dadavidando@gmail.com

Phone: 0418 326 338

Meets: Second Monday of the month

Baringhup Community Committee works to support all residents of Baringhup. We meet regularly, liaise with Mount Alexander Shire Council, promote our area, preserve our natural heritage and local history and conduct a wide variety of social events. We maintain and make available our local hall and supper room for a wide variety of users. We also publish a monthly newsletter to keep local residents informed about local issues and events.

BENDIGO BRANCH VICTORIAN APIARISTS’ ASSOCIATION

Contact: CAROL MAUNDER (0354467911)

Email: maunderjmcv@bigpond.com

Phone: 0354467911

24 KARINYAH DRIVE, MYERS FLAT 3556

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.

Castlemaine and District Garden Club

Contact: Judy Hopley (5472 1156)

Email: castlemainegardenclub@gmail.com

Phone: 5472 1156

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 ($31 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 available via email on request. New members very welcome. Follow us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CastlemaineGardenClub/

Castlemaine Camera Club

Contact: Barb Guerin (03 5472 2892)

Email: castlemainecameraclub@gmail.com

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 District Community Health

Contact: Reception (5479 1000)

Email: email@cdch.com.au

Phone: 5479 1000

13 Mostyn Street Castlemaine

Castlemaine District Community Health (CDCH) offers a wide range of services and programs aimed at promoting health and preventing illness.

Castlemaine Football Netball Club Inc

Contact: Lorelle Huntly (0438552823)

Email: secretary@castlemainefnc.com.au

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

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 Group of Bendigo Legacy

Contact: Secretary (0354742426)

Email: georgeamilford@bigpond.com

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 Highland Pipe Band

Contact: Terri Baigent (0422505055)

Email: CastlemaineHighlandPipeBand@outlook.com

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)

Email: jesss@ncgrl.vic.gov.au

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

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.

Castlemaine Toy Library

Contact: LIzzie Casley

Email: castlemainetoylibrary@gmail.com

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.

Chewton Chat

Contact: John Ellis (03 5472 2892)

Email: johnellis@outlook.com.au

Phone: 03 5472 2892

Chewton Town Hall, Main Road, Chewton

A monthly publication that is Chewton and district-centric – published to publicize and promote local events, groups and businesses. The Chat is a not-for-profit publication of the Chewton Domain Society, which is also a not-for-profit community organisation. Contributions of ideas, news items, articles, and letters are always welcome; as are advertisements that help meet monthly production costs. The Chat is also available on-line at www.issuu.com and www.chewton.net The Chat operates in conjunction with the chewton.net Facebook page The Chat is a member of the Community Newspaper Association of Victoria (CNAV).

Elphinstone Progress Association, Inc.

Contact: Fiona Gatt

Email: epa@elphinstone.net

Incorporated in 2013, the Elphinstone Progress Association Inc (EPA) was formed during the process of drawing up the Elphinstone Community Plan. The group meets about five times per year, normally on a Monday night at the Elphinstone Hotel. The EPA has managed at least one grant every year and used them for projects such as a new community noticeboard, town map, Karaoke fundraiser night and a 2018 Elphinstone calendar. The major project of the group is currently to improve the 'town centre' area.

Friends of Kalimna Park

Contact: Max Schlachter

Email: friends@kalimnapark.org.au

Meets: October / November 2018

The Friends work with Parks Victoria to care for Kalimna Park, a 187 hectare bush reserve on the north east boundary of Castlemaine. Home to koalas, echidnas, swamp wallabies and kangaroos and a large range of birds, the Park also is a habitat for the threatened Eltham Copper Butterfly. The Friends care for the park by advocating for track work, weed control, correct management of controlled burns and we organise activities such as guided walks, weeding and planting days. Visit our website at www.kalimnapark.org.au - new members always welcome!

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

Harcourt CWA

Contact: Mary Tigg (0400861950)

Email: maryandgordon2@bigpond.com

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.

Harcourt Progress Association

Contact: Jacqueline Brodie-Hanns (0425 323 005)

Email: takandjak@bigpond.com

Phone: 0425 323 005

Harcourt Progress Association aims to support initiatives that benefit the Harcourt community. The HPA publishes the Harcourt Core: community newsletter; works to attract funding opportunities; supports the Applefest and conducts the annual Harcourt Easter Egg Hunt. We run an Adopt A Roadside program to improve the town entrance and maintain the newly landscaped Calder Freeway roundabout. We are working with Council to construct a new community playground and with VicTrack to restore the Harcourt Railway Building for use as a community space. We are actively involved in supporting the Harcourt Mountain Bike Park and the Harcourt Miniature Railway Park. The HPA encourages and supports volunteers within Harcourt and welcome all comers to our meetings and events.

Lions Maldon

Contact: Robert Thompson (0408 555 509)

Email: maldon@lions201v1-4.org.au

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.

MAINfm Castlemaine Community Radio

Contact: Station Manager (03 5472 4376)

Email: info@mainfm.net

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 Brass Band

Contact: Robert Thompson (0408 555 509)

Email: maldonbrassband@gmail.com

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 Focus Incorporated

Contact: Secretary

Email: secretary@maldonfocus.org.au

The aims of Maldon Focus Inc. are: 1. To work towards Maldon physically reflecting its unique heritage and its title of Australia’s First Notable Town. 2. To enhance Maldon as a viable, living, sustainable community. 3. To network and liaise with community interest groups and our elected representatives, formally and informally, to foster collaboration. 4. To be a well informed, respectful and respected communication channel to the Mount Alexander Shire Council.

Maldon Hospital

Contact: Maldon Hospital (03 5475 2000)

Email: admin@maldhosp.vic.gov.au

Phone: 03 5475 2000

Corner of Chapel & Adair St, Maldon

Maldon Hospital provides a range of services including: Aged Care Acute Services District Nursing Social Support Transport Health Promotion Dr Fowler (private practice hosted by Maldon Hospital) Dorevitch (private practice hosted by Maldon Hospital)

Maldon Inc.

Contact: Secretary

Email: maldoninc@maldon.org.au

Meets: AGM September 2018

Maldon Incorporated is a not-for-profit public association of businesses and organisations formed to promote business and tourism in Maldon and to assist other Maldon organisations.

Maldon Men’s Shed

Contact: Barry Murfett (0403 352 753)

Email: Maldon@mensshed.org

Phone: 0403 352 753

Phoenix St Maldon

The Maldon Men's Shed meets every Wednesday from 9:30 to 4:00 at the shed in Phoenix Street (behind the machinery museum). All men welcome to come and join in with a bit of woodwork or just come for a chat and a coffee.

Maldon Neighbourhood Centre

Contact: Amy Atkinson ((03) 5475 2093)

Email: info@maldonnc.org.au

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)

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.

Maldon Pétanque Club Inc.

Contact: Sandy Noble (0429 006 130)

Email: sandycharmian@gmail.com

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: ghforster@bigpond.com - Phone: 5472 1506 Address of Play: St Brigid's Church grounds Corner Adair and Chapel Streets Maldon, 3463 Melway Map 921 C10

Metcalfe Community Association

Contact: Hartley Mitchell (0439 007 756)

Email: hartleydmitchell@gmail.com

Phone: 0439 007 756

Metcalfe Community Hall, Kyneton-Metcalfe Rd., Metcalfe, 3448

The Metcalfe Community Association works to foster and maintain the community of Metcalfe. The MCA organises the annual Metcalfe Tractor Pull and Woodchop both to unite the community and to raise funds to support our local CFA, Senior Citizens Group, Hall Committee, Tennis Club and Landcare group. The MCA also organises regular social occasions for the community to come together in our community hall and produces the Metcalfe Directory which assists our residents keeping in touch with each other. The MCA maintains our community notice board situated near our post boxes. All members of our community are very welcome to attend our meetings. They take place in the Metcalfe Community Hall starting at 7.30 pm. Generally there are five or six meetings each year and each meeting is well advertised during the two weeks before it takes place.

Mirawara

Contact: Emma Dubuc

Email: eedubuctimson@gmail.com

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.

Mt Alexander Community Enterprise Inc

Contact: Robyn Lewis (0438724025)

Email: intouch@netcon.net.au

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.

Newstead 2021 Inc

Contact: Genevieve Barlow (0427762633)

Email: genwords@bigpond.net.au

Phone: 0427762633

We're volunteers. We love Newstead. We want to make it THE place to live for people who value being part of a community . We support the development of a vibrant, informed and sustainable community in our town & surrounds Our aims are: 1. To support the discussion and implementation of ideas and projects that benefit the Newstead community 2. To seek and communicate relevant information about issues concerning our community 3. To support actions that improve the social, cultural, economic and environmental well being of the Newstead community 4. To promote two way dialogue with Local Government 5. To actively seek resources that can contribute to our goal

Newstead Community Garden

Contact: Janet Barker (0439 003 469)

Email: ecologica@gcom.net.au

Phone: 0439 003 469

Layard St (rear Anglican Church) Newstead

The Newstead Community Garden aims:

  • To connect our community through gardening, sustainability and educational activities
  • To generate a culture of sharing, accessibility and sociability
  • To promote water use efficiency
  • To encourage seasonal, healthy eating and local food security
The garden has individual plots and communal gardening spaces. It is based on organic/biodynamic and permaculture principles. We aim to make the space beautiful, welcoming, as well as productive. The garden sprouted from an idea at the Newstead 2021 Summit, held in May 2008. In September 2009, we turned the first sod for our garden and sowed a green manure crop. In May 2010 we launched the garden and began growing food.

Phoenix Chewton CWA

Contact: Rain Millar (0401 794 664)

Email: phoenixchewtoncwa@gmail.com

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

S.M.S. Single Mums Support – Castlemaine

Contact: Samantha Rowe (0413932904)

Email: samantha@vineanddesign.com.au

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 !

Taradale Community Forum Inc

Contact: Steve Ebbott (0411 310 310)

Email: steve@marketingsolutions.com.au

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.

Taradale Landcare

Contact: Colleen Jones (0403744045)

Email: taradalelandcare@gmail.com

Phone: 0403744045

Taradale, Victoria

Taradale Landcare works with the community to care for the biodiversity and agricultural health of the landscape of Taradale and surrounds. We are getting started again after a few years' hiatus. We hold meetings, working bees, BBQs, bush walks, property visits and other events. We welcome new faces! Check our website or Facebook page or contact us for more details.

Victorian Goldfields Railways

Email: info@vgr.com.au

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.  

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