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MVA Monthly Newsletter May 2024

Updated: May 9

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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.

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. Membership of the MVA is open to all with an interest in Montville, 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, and obtain grants to organise events, so invite your neighbours to join up! Contact Janny, the MVA secretary, on

Montville Growers and Makers Market this weekend!

Come and join us at the market, just a day before Mother's Day; enjoy the vibe of live music, hot coffee and delicious food while browsing stalls run by your talented stallholders. 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 in Memorial Close in the heart of Montville. Pancakes are usually served until 10:30 or until they run out, so come early to get yours!

May 15th at 6 pm - Ken Wishaw on the case for an International Dark Sky Reserve in Obi Obi Valley

Dr Ken Wishaw is a keen amateur astronomer as well as a medical specialist and Senior Fellow of the University of the Sunshine Coast. He is convenor of the Maleny Observatory and a dark sky ambassador for the International Astronomical Union.

In 2019 he co-founded the Australasian Dark Sky Alliance which is a non-profit organization of lighting academics and industry representatives, for the purpose of educating people and policy makers on light pollution. 

In 2020 he completed post graduate studies in astronomy and light pollution at the University of Southern Queensland.

Since an incident in the Grand Canyon in Arizona in 2016, he has lobbied tirelessly to protect the night skies of the Sunshine Coast culminating in the Sunshine Coast Regional Council presently considering applying for the Obi Obi Valley to be granted an International Dark Sky Reserve through Dark Sky International. 

As the last place in Coastal South East Queensland that is not heavily light polluted, he believes this is the only action that will protect and preserve the valley and its rare resource.

If you wish to read more on this concept visit the Sunshine Coast Regional Council site at

And Dark Sky International at 

Wanted: MVA Secretary, become part of the Exec Team!

Having done this role for nearly three years, I plan to pass the baton over to another of our membership at the AGM in October.

I joined pretty soon after we moved here, and have found it a great opportunity to find out what is happening in the village. We have simplified the processes over the last couple of years, and the committee members are now fully trained in providing their reports digitally and on time before the meetings!

The key roles and responsibilities are:

  • maintaining the membership register

  • documentation (share and archive correspondence, meeting minutes and actions, MVA constitution and registration, and other (mainly digital) paperwork)

  • communication (monthly newsletter blog)

  • organise the Executive Management meetings (Wednesday before the Market, from 6-7 pm)

  • organise the General meetings (Wednesday after the Market, from 6-7 pm)

The skills that you need: be organised, good time management, good communicator with solid computer skills (gmail, excel and word). The monthly newsletter gets posted via Wix, which is easy to learn if needed. Overall time commitment is around 14 to 20 hours a month in total.

May 21 - Multicultural Seniors Expo

Held every year on 21 May, UNESCO leads the celebration of World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development highlighting not only the richness of the world’s cultures, but also the essential role of intercultural dialogue for achieving peace and sustainable development.

Why does cultural diversity matter?

Three-quarters of the world’s major conflicts have a cultural dimension. Bridging the gap between cultures is urgent and necessary for peace, stability and development. 

Get the monthly emails or attend the SCMN bi-monthly network meetings to meet likeminded people promoting multiculturalism on the Sunshine Coast and hosting events and activities. 

For more information contact: Nambour CC  Phone(07) 5441 4724 / 0447 012 462 or Baringa CC-

June Meeting

Day: Thursday, 6th June 

Time: 1 – 3 pm

June 1st from noon to 3 pm - Grooves on the Green

Our next "Grooves on the Green" is on June 1st, and we will be hosting a very, very special guest. Bring a chair, bring the family, get some nibbles and drinks from our village shops and establishments, and see you on the village green!

Join the Local Ambulance Service

Members of the Maleny Local Ambulance Committee  (LAC) and the Officer in Charge at Maleny Ambulance Station recently delivered Automated External Defibrillator training at our village association meeting.  The LAC undertake community engagement activities, promotes First Aid, CPR and AED training and fundraises for the local ambulance service.  If you would like to be part of this committee and contribute to their activities please contact Ken Nipperess President, Maleny Local Ambulance Committee: 

June 22nd at 7 pm - Drag Queen Bingo

The next fundraiser for our lovely Village Hall, our small events group is organsing a fantastic and fun evening with the amazing Roxanne Redacted.

Engagement Opportunity : University of the Sunshine Coast

Are you passionate about giving back to the community and sharing your expertise? Join the Knowledge Hub at the University of the Sunshine Coast, where your experience can help guide the next generation while connecting with a supportive academic community. Through CIDSEL, the Centre for International Development, Social Entrepreneurship and Leadership, you can share your insights through guest lecturing, mentoring, and engagement. No matter your field, you'll have opportunities to make a difference while being part of a vibrant network of scholars and professionals.


We're also excited to offer additional creative avenues for poets and writers to contribute their unique voices. Join us on our LIPS podcast, where poets share their work and inspirations, or on ourGetting to Better Together podcast to share your journey and inspire others. Become a member of this thriving university community, help shape young minds, and leave a legacy that makes a meaningful impact.

For more info, contact: Tami –

Book your free flu vaccination today!

The flu vaccine is free this year for all Queenslanders aged 6 months and older. It is available at most Doctors and Pharmacists, but you may need to book an appointment.

If you’ve already paid for your flu vaccine, or you pay for one up until 30 September 2024, you can be reimbursed. Fill in and email the vaccination reimbursement form to

When War Came to Montville - Stories of our Anzacs (1939 - 1945)


Montville Remembers: World War Two 1939-1945 is Book 9 Part 2 in the Montville Stories Series. This book briefly introduces the context of the Second World War and pays tribute with a roll of honour identifying those men and women who worked and lived in Montville describing their military history and their lives before and after the war. In addition to the 67 men and 13 women on the Montville Honour Board, another 28 enlistees were discovered during research for this book.


The book also explains how the war came to Montville; with land army girls, troops in training at the sportsground and camped at Balmoral Lookout, with older men who continued working their farms but who were part of the Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC). There were military personnel staying at Guesthouses while on leave, and there were the Italian Prisoners of War who worked on the pineapple farms and the citrus orchards.


The book is 350 pages with around 280 photos collected from archives and from families of the military personnel. There will only be a limited number of copies printed.

It will be available in May this year, but can be pre-ordered already. Copies will be available for purchase from the Montville Post Office and the Montville Monthly Market at the MVA stall or by contacting Cate Patterson at Cost is $35.

Volunteering Opportunity, no green thumb required! - Every Sunday 7 to 8:30 am

A seasoned and fun group of nature lovers have been extending the range and amount of native plants, trees and shrubs in Russell Family Park over the last decades. Come and join them on a Sunday morning! No experience required, we are very happy to show you the ropes. You just need a willingness to join in!

It is a great opportunity to learn about what is native to this area, and you may get some great ideas for your own garden. Morning tea is provided.

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

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