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MVA Monthly Newsletter July 2024

Updated: 1 day ago

July 17 - MCC Christmas in July networking event

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.

As per our constitution, our objectives are:


(1)   To represent the views of the people of Montville in local, State and Federal forums on matters associated with the progress and development of Montville and with the conservation of its heritage and environment.


(2)   To provide and support the social structures and networks necessary to maintain a healthy and vibrant community and promote community building in response to community needs.


(3)   To manage, and ensure fair and equitable community access to, the community facilities owned by the Association for and on behalf of the people of Montville; namely the Montville Village Hall and the Montville Sports and Recreation Grounds.

Feel free to share this newsletter and invite others to our events. If they receive the "Happenings" but don't receive the monthly email, they are not MVA members yet! Membership of the MVA is open to all with an interest in Montville, it is free and doesn't come with any commitments. The size of our membership, however, does impact our ability to speak for the Montville area, obtain grants to organize events, and lobby for things that are important to us. So invite your neighbours to join up!

Contact the MVA secretary, at

What's on in Montville

July 13 - Montville Growers and Makers Market

Come and join us at our 15th birthday market – this will include a formal cake cutting at 10am at the musician’s tent.  A visitor’s book will be available on the deck for patrons to contribute a memory or reflection about the market.

Enjoy the vibe of live music, hot coffee and delicious food while browsing stalls run by your talented stallholders. 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 and pancakes are served until 10:30, or until they run out, so come early to get yours!

July 17 at 6 pm - MVA meeting with free viewing of our new creative lighting on the village green

Doors open at 5:30 pm for socialising, and a free glass of wine, with a short meeting starting at 6 pm. All are welcome!

We will amble out just shortly after 6:30 to join the Chamber of Commerce to view the amazing new creative (and dark sky compliant!) lighting on the Village Green, which has been programmed specifically for the "Christmas in July" theme.

July 17 - 5 to 7 pm Montville Chamber of Commerce Christmas in July

The Montville Chamber of Commerce is organising a Christmas in July themed networking event for Montville based businesses.

The festive feast includes hot finger food entrees, Christmas Pudding with custard and ice cream and a glass of mulled wine @ $30 members/$40 non members! (The chamber is paying for Members’ complimentary mulled wine.)

To add some fun we are encouraging everyone to bring a Secret Santa gift valued at up to $20. Grinch gifts are absolutely acceptable!

At around 6:30pm we will be previewing the amazing new creative lighting on the Village Green.

When:  Wednesday 17 July

Venue:  Montville Bar and Grill- upstairs

Time:    5:00 for 5:15pm - 7pm 

Cost:    $30 members; $40 non members (includes a glass of mulled wine)

                                     BOOK via TRYBOOKING - HERE

*Please advise any dietary requirements when booking.

July 22nd at 6 pm - Rangebow Volunteers meeting at the Village Hall

First off, a massive THANK YOU to everyone who has already stepped up to volunteer. Your enthusiasm and support are what makes this event truly special. 🌈✨

But, we are not done yet! We still have some places to fill so if you are unavailable, you may know someone who would love to come on board, so spread the word.

There are a few events where we really need some help:

  • GLOWTOPIA The Kids Disco, Montville Village Hall, Sunday 4th August 1.30-4.30. If you are bringing a child perhaps you may consider volunteering for the Arts and Crafts table, Tickets, Pram Parking/Lost kids or Clean-up Crew.

  • PONDSIDE: PLANT AND PARTY Russell Family Park, Montville Saturday 3rd August 9am-12. Several people are needed to help with people movement and to help with the Drink/Wash Station.

  • POWER CREW   If you like a bit of a workout this one's for you. On Thursday 1st August the Maleny Community Centre will be decorated. It will be an active day and some ladder work could be involved.  On Monday 5th August, from 9am, at both Montville Village Green and Maleny Community Centre we need a Pack Up Crew. If you can spare any time either morning to help, it would be appreciated.


Volunteering isn't just about lending a hand: it's about creating memories, making friends and being part of something bigger than ourselves, so let's paint the hinterland Rangebow together!

We also love to show our appreciation to our volunteers, who receive a 15% ticket discount code for festival events and at the end of the festival, a volunteer party with a personalised gift for each volunteer.


Closes on 25th July - Wearable Denim Competition

In case you hadn't seen this!

26 July - Night Sky Journey

Be instpired by a guided astronomy experience in the proposed Dark Sky Reserve, where the universe comes alive before your very eyes. Book directly with a local family business:, phone 0400 086 877 or via their website

30 July - 1 pm Red Dress Day, Mapleton

August 1 to 4th - Rangebow

This diverse and creative not-for-profit festival will be held at multiple sites across the Sunshine Coast Hinterland: Maleny, Montville, Flaxton and Mapleton.

The festival program features film, theatre, arts, taste, music, nature and cultural events to celebrate community, diversity, inclusivity, reconciliation, sustainability, creativity and expression. There really IS something for EVERYONE!

In 2024, The Rangebow Festival features over 30 events and activities across four days featuring world premieres, authentic first nations food and cultural experiences, cabaret, drag and unique nature, opera and music experiences and performances.

Get your tickets, even for free events to get the best seats in the house. Some events are unfortunately already sold out, and others are pretty close to capacity.

17 August, 10 am to 4 pm, Landscape Painting Workshop

Join Sarah Lawson for a transformative paining workshop in St Mary's Hall. Learn to capture the shifting colours and lights of the coastal landscape, and create two paintings to take home. All supplies and lunch provided, no experience necessary.

Book online and anticipate a day filled with learning, productivity and artistic growth.

Price: $249 pp

MVA key reports

Montville Village Market: Lookback on the June Market

The Market and the Hall Rental are our main sources of income, and each month we have a look back at the previous market.

It was a cold and slow start to the day as many patrons ventured out to the market later in the morning.


A huge thank you to our cheerful volunteers as we achieved 122 serves of pancakes being made.  This compares with 134 pancake serves at the March market.   


Total volunteer hours required to setup and run the market 81 hrs.  There were 25 volunteers helping, working an average of 3 hours per person. Thank you to everyone for their valuable contribution of time and happiness.



The  16 volunteers working in the kitchen and serving pancakes were very well appreciated by patrons.   2 fabulous people worked double shifts.

There were 28 paying stallholders,  3  new stallholders,  3 cancellations.

Community stalls this market – 4 -  MVA Community Harvest, Barung Landcare, Coffee van and Bread Stall.


Kitchen receipts:


EFT $831 Cash $522.50 less $120 float


MVA receipts:


EFT $10 Nil Cash $32 (less $5 electricity to St Mary’s)


Bread stall receipts:

EFT: $535

Cash: $845.40 (less costs $963.15)

$ 417.25

Stallholders receipts:


EFT $0  Cash $595 (less $150 musicians, $5 electricity St Marys)






Market brochures:  There is a small supply left of hinterland market trail brochures and once these are finished, the market committee is considering redesigning a brochure for the Montville Market independently.  The connections between other markets on the Hinterland would best be served by pointing to the Hinterland Market Facebook page.

Montville Village Hall: What's Happening


June activity:

  • 9 enquiries, 4 bookings.  

  • QuiGong, Tai Chi, Lions Club and Yoga continuing.

 We had quite a number of enquiries over the last month, unfortunately many of the days were already booked hence only 4 bookings.


No new news regarding the Memorial Gates drainage repair, although there was a representative from Council visiting.


Defibrillator donated by the Opal Cutters has been installed at the Information Centre.




Had 2 Electricians attend to quote on 3 phase in the Kitchen. As we already have 3 phase power at that end of the Hall the cost is approximately $1,000. Suppliers and Electricians have queried why we were moving away from gas as it’s far more efficient. This decision was in line with our sustainability drive.

Community Group Updates

Russell Family Park (RFP)

Still no ‘evidence’ of the recently sighted platypus in the neighbouring Rangers travelling upstream to the Park’s lagoons. Maybe when the current weed infestation in them is removed they might find them more attractive.

This month the unofficial rain gauge recorded 71.50 mm and the lagoons (aka origin of Skene Creek) are still flowing.

BushCare Group

If anyone is interested in joining us, we are at the Park for one and a half hours from 7.30 am every Sunday. For further information contact Eric Anderson – Mobile 0427 127 417.

The team worked for 49.75 hours this month mostly doing maintenance weeding in earlier planted sections of our area. Also, more time was spent preparing the site for the Rangebow Festival planting by removing weeds on the outer edge of the area dominated by Billy Goat Weed, also called Blue Top.

Montville History Group


We are currently researching the history of a number of buildings for Book 10 in the Montville Stories Series.

In the meantime those with a keen eye will have spotted a new sign on the St Mary's Bell Tower. All church bells are given a name at their consecration, and until recently we didn't recall what the name of our bell was.

The current belltower was erected in 1989 to mark the 75th anniversary of St Mary's Church. A makeshift tower had been stolen years previously. The "New" bell was donated to St Mary's by St Andrew's Anglican Church in South Brisbane. The new tower was constructed entirely by voluntary labour from the local community, a number of the men who are now listed on plaques in the Memorial Garden behind the church.

On 6 August 1989, the Anglican Bishop for the Northern Region, the Reverend George Browning, consecrated the new bell, assisted by the Rev'd John Pryce-Davies. Upon doing so, he told the men who had built the bell tower, that its name was "Oswald", after Saint Oswald, the 7th century King of Northumbria.

With many thanks to Montville Woods for donating the wood, and assisting in getting the sign made.

Montville Sportsground Committee

The Montville Sportsground is owned by the MVA and has three tennants: The Range Soccer Club, the "Woodies" and the Montville Tennis Club. There is a quarterly meeting between a representative from the MVA and the clubs.

No report this month, however, we would like to share the attached note on a recent toilet block plumbing issue:

"call out for female toilet leaking water - found hunstman spider stuck under outlet valve - not allowing it to close off. Adjusted water level + check other three WC's. *Male cistern has a very healthy spider family in it :)"

Western Avenue Action Group (WAAG)

We have great news, the council has approved its 2024/25 budget, and this budget includes $42k for the Montville Main Street streetscape, and under the minor capital works $225k for the "Western Avenue pathway from Russell Family Park to the Narrows Road"! After many years of lobbying the footpath is finally underway. It has been reported that the commited funds are for the first stage of what is going to be a multi-year project.

Attached is a link to the Division 5 budget:

Montville Streetscape

This committee has representatives from the MVA (Andrea Radford and Eric Anderson), and Montville Chamber of Commerce (MCC) (Shiralee Cooper, Richard Sargent and Helen Inman).

The creative lights at the Village Green in Montville were installed this week. This is good timing as the community can use the lights for their “Christmas in July” event on the 17th of July and the Rangebow Festival from 1st to 4th August. The uplights will illuminate the Memorial Trees at the Village Green in different colours depending on the season or event.


Visualisation with colour examples below:

The Dark Sky Team is aware of the project and the lights have been selected with Dark Sky Reserve requirement in mind.

Montville Tennis Club (MTC)

Montville Tennis Club (MTC) welcomes all to come and get active, enjoy some very social tennis and get involved in our program of events including Wimbledon strawberries, cream and bubbles, The Rangebow Festival High Tea Tennis and US Open themed hotdog and burger day. All standards of tennis from novice to advanced welcome. Why not contact us and come along to try it out either through our social tennis, coaching or book a court. First try is free and court bookings are only $14/hour.

We pride ourselves on a welcoming inclusive club for all ages, persuasions and abilities. So why not join us and enjoy our facilities, get active and meet some new people along the way. Hope to see you there!


Women and Girls Sport grant application for sponsoring the development of our up-and-coming female coaches and additional coaching sessions was successful.

Montville Magic Team performance in the Sunshine Coast Veterans (over 35 years) Tennis Competition remains solid with some valuable ‘lessons’ learnt from our opponent teams. Next tournament match against Mooloolaba Marauders.

  • Wimbledon strawberries, cream and bubbles at Maleny Tennis Club 13 July’24.

  • The Rangebow Festival High Tea Tennis 4 August’24.

  • US Open Hot Dogs and Burgers 1 September’24.

  • Hosting the Mapleton, Montville and Toowoomba Interclub Tournament 26 & 27 October ’24 and supported by a successful application for the Rural Resilience grant.


Active Clubs grant application for equipment submitted April’24 was successful.

Grant (EOI) for pathway/access remediation submitted April ’24 currently being assessed.


Steady with no new members in the month.

QLD Fair Play Vouchers available for children to undertake coaching and take up a junior membership – contact Ian Cowan (details on the MTC website)

Court use:

All social sessions well attended when not impacted by rain including:

▪ Tuesday morning mixed social tennis

▪ Tuesday afternoon kids group coaching

▪ Tuesday evening adults group coaching

▪ Thursday evening men’s social tennis

▪ Saturday small group and individual coaching with ball machine training.

▪ Sunday social tennis (two sessions)

Priorities for the club:

  • Security surveillance system

  • Safe accessible pathways and secure storage

  • LED court lighting solution

  • Shade solutions being explored for seating on the pavilion green.

Wendy Sandford (VP and Player Representative), Grace Petterson (Secretary), Rachel Kienzle (Treasurer), Ian Cowan (Coach and Player Representative)

Fire Brigade

Rainfall to 11 Jul 2024:                   1485 mm (1Jan - 11 Jul 2023: 488mm)


2023  total:                                     938 mm

2022  total:                                     3450 mm   


Jun 2023 rainfall:                           60 mm

Jun 2024 rainfall:                           38 mm

 Previous driest year (2011)            1033 mm


Rainfall to 11Jul 2024 incl is 158% of 2023's total, 86% of av yearly total over last 2 decades


Permits issued 05 Jun-11 Jul  2024: 4 (last period: 6)


The BoM said a month ago that we're now 50% likely to be in a wet la Nina.

May & Jun's rainfall were both less than same months in 2023. July is in the balance.

I still worry we may go into a possible drought, and I continue to sweat about a possible fire risk down the track. 

Masonic Lodge

Normal Masonic activity for June.

Lodge building renovation commences in next weeks. Lodge will meet in Maleny premises for next 3 months.   

Have Your Say!

7th August at 4 pm - Community Cabinet

The Premier and all the Ministers are coming to the Sunshine Coast next month for community cabinet (location TBC).


To request a meeting with the Premier, Deputy Premier or a Minister of your choice, please head here:


You can also register for the Town Hall-style event and raise questions there.


A great chance to have your say on issues that matter most to you and your communities.

Sunshine Coast Heritage Calendar Competition - closes 5pm on August 5th

Submit your favourite pre-2000 sporting moments for a change to win!

From that winning goal you scored at soccer and family games of backyard cricket to that whopper of a fish you hauled in at the Cod Hole, we want them all.

Winning images will be included in the calendar and winners receive a canvas print of their image, plus calendars to share.

For more details, visit Council's Heritage website:

AED (Defibrillator) Devices in Montville

AED can be found in the following locations in Montville:

  • Montville Village Hall Entrance - available 24/7, donated by Cr Winston Johnson to St Mary's Church

  • Montville Visitor Information Centre - available 24/7, donated by Opal Cutters

  • IGA - available during opening hours (every day 07:00 to 18:30)

  • Montville Mountain Inn, 126 Main Street, AED kept in the office - phone 07 5442 9499

First aid is also available from the Montville Health Centre at the Village Square (Mon, Wed and Thu 09:00 - 12:00, Tue and Fri 09:00 - 17:00)

We will be running another AED familiarisation session later this year if there is interest (please let the secretary know!). A sobering fact: every 1 minute delay in administering CPR reduces the change of survival of the patient by 10%!

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