The Maleny Neighbourhood Centre www.malenync.org.au began in 1993 when a group of concerned Maleny residents recognised the need to develop responses to the growing needs of families, young people and people with special needs. The organisation was incorporated in 1994 and became the first community association in Maleny that had a specific purpose to address poverty and social disadvantage in the area. When they started, the organisation rented a small space in the RSL Hall, which limited the types of activites that could be provided. This meant that the activities of the organisation focused on projects out in the community and not in the centre. Over the years the MNCA has moved to several locations, developed a range of programmes and is currently operating five days a week Monday to Friday at the new purpose built premises. 17 Bicentenary Lane, Maleny, Qld, 4552 Phone: (07) 5499 9345 Email: email@example.com Meet our Manager – Cath Ovenden: Cath began working as manager of the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre at the end of August 2012. She has a business background in community and cultural fields and manages anti-graffiti projects in different cities through urbansmartprojects.com . Urban Smart Projects assists local communities to implement approved original artworks on traffic signal boxes, recently finished a collection of artworks on the Sunshine Coast. Traffic signal boxes cost authorities millions of dollars to keep clean of graffiti, but when artworked, remain bright and colourful for years. Cath has lived in Maleny for three years and loves the Blackall Ranges communities. Cath looks forward to many future Neighbourhood Centre community initiatives and enterprises, working with the energetic volunteers and management committee. What would you like to see your Maleny Neighbourhood Centre provide? Would you like to get involved? Cath would like to meet you and hear your ideas or suggestions for the Centre.