Community Directory

Young People (12-25)

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.

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 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 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.

Friends of Kalimna Park

Contact: Max Schlachter


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 - new members always welcome!

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 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.

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.

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.

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