Community Directory

Health & Wellbeing

Barkers Creek Cricket Club

Contact: Shane Renfrey (0435936041)


Phone: 0435936041

Cnr Specimen Gully & Peelers Road, Barkers Creek, 3451

Established in 1855, the Barkers Creek Cricket Club plays in the Castlemaine District Cricket Association with a number of graded levels including juniors. Our home ground is on the corner of Specimen Gully & Peelers Roads in Barkers Creek. Barkers Creek Cricket Club has a reciprocal agreement with the famous Cricket Club of India and have hosted teams from India in years past.

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 Croquet Club

Contact: Hetty Veldman (03 5472 1305)


Phone: 03 5472 1305

21 - 27 Berkeley St, Castlemaine

Castlemaine Croquet Club is situated at 21 - 27 Berkeley St and is part of the Bowls Club precinct. Croquet is played on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday mornings at 10am in winter and 9am during daylight savings. Association Croquet is played on Wednesday at 10am and Saturday at 1pm. Coaching is available in both forms of the game and new players and visitors are very welcome. Croquet is great for exercising the body and the mind and has the added bonus of making new friends as well.

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 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 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.

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.

Maldon Hospital

Contact: Maldon Hospital (03 5475 2000)


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 Men’s Shed

Contact: Barry Murfett (0403 352 753)


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)


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


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 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.

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

Newstead Community Garden

Contact: Janet Barker (0439 003 469)


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.

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.

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 !

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.

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.

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.