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MVA Monthly Newsletter January 2024

Updated: Jan 11

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And check out the full calendar of local events on our home page:

Welcome….. to our Monthly Newsletter.

The Montville Village Association brings people together to participate in a wide range of activities, for example, fundraisers like Trivia Nights, Montville Growers & Makers Market, sporting activities including tennis and soccer, environmental projects like Russell Family Park, community meetings and forums.

Our community is made up of many people from diverse backgrounds, age and interest groups. We value this diversity in our community. Our community grows healthier and stronger when we respect these differences and treat each other with kindness and courtesy. We acknowledge that, whilst we all live in this beautiful place, we don’t always agree and that’s ok. It is important that we all think about how we can listen and talk to each other in a thoughtful and considerate way. So next time you are at the sports ground, in the street or at the village hall, remember we are all responsible for making each other feel welcomed and a valued part of our community.

Feel free to share this newsletter and invite others to our events. Membership of the MVA is open to all with an interest in Montville, is free and doesn't come with any responsibilities. The size of our membership does impact our ability to speak for the Montville area, so invite your neighbours and friends to join up! Contact Janny, the MVA secretary, on

Montville Growers and Makers Market this weekend!

Come and join us at the first market of the year; find a great selection of food and handmade items, and enjoy the best pancake breakfast on the Range served by our friendly volunteers on the deck of the Montville Village Hall!

The market opens at 7:30 am on Saturday 13th January in Memorial Close in the heart of Montville and closes at noon. Pancakes are usually served until 10:30 or when they run out, so come early to get yours!

17 January, 6 pm - 2032 Olympics, with Grantley Switzer

Grantley will talk about the 2032 Olympics and Paralympic Games Legacy in our Region.

Grantley is the Sunshine Coast Program Lead for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games and will be providing an update on planning for the Games on the Sunshine Coast.

The presentation will include an overview of what events we are planning to hold in our region and the important Community Legacy Outcomes that will be pursued.

All are welcome to attend, no registration required, no fees charged! Doors open at 5:30 pm for socialising with a 6 pm start of the proceedings.

26 January, 7:30 for 8 am - Australia Day Celebrations

  • 7:30 am Hall opens - coffee van available onsite

  • 8:00 am (At the Flag Poles Outside at Hall Entrance)

    • Welcome and Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners

    • The National Anthem - Mapleton Choir

    • Flag Raising - Montville State School Captains: Paul Lindner and Jessica Fitzgerald

  • 8:15 am Formal Ceremony in the Hall

    • Introduction of Guest Speaker Theme "From Kindness"

  • 8:20 Guest Speaker - Wayne Parcell PSM

  • 8:30 am Mapleton Choir

  • 8:50 am Montville Citizenship Awards - presented by MVA president Wayne Parcell PSM

    • Montville Citizen of the Year Award

    • Montville Lifetime Award

  • 9:00 am Thank You and Close

Get fit in 2024 in our Halls!

There are a number of classes running in the Montville Village Hall and St Mary's Hall. So if you have started the year with good intentions, here's your opportunity!





Qi Gong

Monday and Wednesday mornings, 10-11 am

Montville Village Hall

$15 for first class in the week, $10 for the second. Contact Chris at 0437 744 088

Tai Chi

Monday mornings, 8 - 9:30 am

Montville Village Hall

Contact Meridyth at or mobile 0412 103 180

Mat Pilates

Monday mornings, 9:15 - 10 am

St Mary's Hall

$15 per class, contact Tegan at or mobile 0478 798 500


Thursday mornings at 6 am

Montville Village Hall

Contact Sally at or mobile 0400 962 778

February 14th, 6 pm - Meet the Candidates for Division 5

Our popular "meet the candidates" is back this year. Join us as we meet the candidates for our Local Government Elections (Division 5, which includes Montville, Flaxton and Hunchy). Election Day is March 16th, so they will be ready to answer your questions. Our panel of candidates currently includes:

  • Winston Johnston (independent, current Councillor)

  • Tracy Burton (greens)

  • Richard Bruins (independent)

Vote at MVA AGM in October on our future Australia Day Celebrations

Two motions will be tabled at the January Montville Village Association (MVA) General Meeting and be voted on at the 2024 MVA Annual General Meeting in October.

Each year there is around Australia Day, discussion as to the appropriateness of the date for Australia Day. The discussion rarely results in a change, peters out by mid-February, and rests until the following year. Several councils and organisations no longer celebrate Australia Day on January 26. The number doing this increases each year. Whilst there is general consensus that we should celebrate Australia Day as a national event there is, however, no consensus as to what date Australia Day should be moved to if it is moved.

This proposition is aimed at ensuring debate and discussion on this issue over time by the Montville community and a decision by the community.

There is no presumption of any specific outcome other than the issue be debated and any decision reflects the local community.

Motion One:

That from 2025 the Montville Village Association no longer celebrate Australia Day on January 26.

Motion Two:

That until such time as there is national consensus on a new date for Australia Day, the Montville Village Association devote its first General Meeting of each new year to the celebratory aspects of Australia Day including presentation of its two citizenship awards and hosting of a guest speaker on a relevant topic.

If the motions are voted down by the MVA members, Australia Day celebrations will continue as they are now.

Volunteering Opportunity - Every Sunday 7 to 8:30 am

If anyone is interested in joining us, we are at Russell Family Park for one and a half hours from 7.00 am every Sunday. Morning tea is provided.

For further information please contact Eric Anderson – Mobile 0427 127 417.

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