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Welcome to our Monthly Newsletter! The latest “Montville Happenings” just arrived in my inbox, so make sure you subscribe on our website and get yours too!

As you may have seen in the news, we have started a petition to get a doctor back into the Montville Ochre Health Centre. Please sign the petition as soon as possible. Copies can be found at the pharmacy and several shops in Montville, as well as at the General Meeting on Wednesday.

Feel free to share this newsletter and invite others. Membership to the MVA is free!

15 March, 6 pm; GM special guest speaker Cr Winston Johnston

This month’s guest speaker is no other than our own Councillor Winston Johnston. Come and join us to hear his latest news, and bring your concerns and topics for a respectful discussion. Some of the things we have been talking about; a footpath along Western Avenue, electric car charging facilities, Council stopping with providing septic pump-out, something for the teenagers in Montville, weather proofing for the Russel Family Park stage. You may be interested in an update on these, or have another issue you would like to table. Come along!

I am sharply aware that hinterland residents want a councillor who understands and is passionate about sustainable tourism while creating an environment for business and agricultural success in our many towns and districts in division 5….. As a councillor I will plan and debate strongly to deliver better roads, parks, footpath linkages and improved maintenance of council assets, including greater weed control…. I will implement improved parking facilities to keep residents and visitors shopping locally instead of travelling to coastal shopping complexes.

Our residents deserve facilities and infrastructure standards comparable to those enjoyed on the coastal strip. I will be a strong advocate for our people and for our area.

Cr Winston Johnston, October 2019

Note, our general meetings are free for all to attend, doors to the Village Hall open at 5:30 pm for drinks and socialising, with the actual event running from 6 to 7 pm.

18 to 25 March; Harmony Week

There are a large number of events organised around the Sunshine Coast for Harmony Week, have a look at the local newspapers or check out the Sunshine Coast Multicultural Network site.

Hereby a flavour of what is on offer:

Contact Vicki Q for more information – cams@nambourcc.org or call (07) 5441 4724 or 0401 199 858 

You can also join the Sunshine Coast Multicultural Network Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/scmulticulturalnetwork/ 

20 March, 9-11:30 am; Seniors, protect yourself from Financial and Legal Abuse

Free event held at the Maleny RSL with morning tea provided, focussing on legal and financial abuse of elders. Registration is required by 13th March.

contact: speakupnowstopdomesticviolence@gmail.com

For more happenings in the Maleny Community Centre, check out their newsletter:


12 April, 6 pm; Voice to Parliament with guest speaker David Hollinsworth

At our April General Meeting we will have the honour of hosting David Hollinsworth, on the upcoming Voice to Parliament referendum.

David Hollinsworth is an Adjunct Professor in the Indigenous Studies at the University of the Sunshine Coast.  David taught Indigenous studies and anti-racism at the University of South Australia from 1979 until 1997, and at the University of the Sunshine Coast from 2003 to 2019.  He has published widely on Aboriginal history and politics, Indigenous health and community development, and on representations of Aboriginality in the media and academia.  

David has an international and national reputation for his work on the shifting forms of Australian racism and on effective strategies for combating racism.  He is especially engaged in efforts to identify and eliminate systemic racism that exists in all our major institutions, for example, police and the justice system, health and disability services, education, welfare, and the workplace.

Alongside his academic and professional work, David has been an activist in Aboriginal struggles and anti-racism since 1968. Some of these were land rights and cultural heritage campaigns in South Australia, the Northern Territory, New South Wales and Queensland including the Hindmarsh Island Bridge campaign. He was National Non-Indigenous Chair of the Stolen Generations Alliance that negotiated the Apology by PM Kevin Rudd in 2008, working with stolen generations survivors and their families since 1996. 

23 April; Presidents Cup at Montville Tennis Club

Join the MTC for live music, tennis and prizes. Open to all (members, causals, social players and friends and family). And if you are into tennis and haven’t been fortunate enough to get courtside tickets, this will also be THE spot on the Range to watch Roland Garros and Wimbledon.



The club can be found at Montville Sports & Recreation Ground, 230-238 Balmoral Road, Montville

25 April; ANZAC Day in Montville

Anzac Day will start with a Dawn Service in Montville at the Memorial Gates at 5:30 am, and is followed by a parade in Mapleton, line up at 9:30 for a 9:45 step off.

Community members are welcome to join for lunch at the Mapleton Public House.  Please book a table early as Anzac Day lunch is often booked out.(Due to the later start time we won’t do morning tea, just lunch at the pub.)

A car will be available for veterans who can’t march, please contact matthew.dykes@mapleton.rslqld.net.au .

The wet weather plan is to hold the service in the Mapleton School Hall.

Please be aware of the half road closure at Mapleton to allow the parade to take place. The North bound lane of Flaxton Drive between Wilga court and the Mapleton Public house will be closed from approximately 0930-1015 hrs with traffic to use the south bound single lane under control of East Coast Traffic controllers.

May 5, 6 pm; Book Launch

Our own Joan Dillon is launching her gardening book on May 5th at 6 pm in the Village Hall. Watch this space!

Firebugs …. when can you light that outdoor fire?

We were again reminded again at our General Meeting about the rules regarding outdoor fires:

1. If your fire is less than 2 metres in any direction, no permit is required.

2. If not, you MUST have a permit. The fact that it’s your property doesn’t dodge it. QFES Act 1990 part 4 Sections 53-60 sets out powers of authorised officers to act, whether it is a permitted fire or not. If a callout involves your property, the attending brigade’s list of what it can do is truly sobering, if not downright frightening.

3. How do you know whether or not there is a fire ban on? The school electronic notice board will display fire ban information when relevant. If in doubt, ring the local fire warden.

Montville Streetscape Update

The Streetscape Committee met with Council primarily to assess suitable sites for artwork in the main street.

Consideration was given to the suitability of possible sites with location, material and foot traffic being discussed.  Although council don’t want to be too prescriptive for the artists, areas will be pointed out for possible art installation on both sides of Main Street.

The council will be calling for expressions of interest to be submitted by the end of April.

During the walk from outside Crystal Multiverse to the information centre, the footpath inlays were also discussed.  The original artist has been contacted about the possibility of refurbishing damaged inlays.

Every Sundays from 7 to 8:30 am, Russell Family Park

Volunteers to help with our Bush Care group are warmly welcomed, morning tea is provided!

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