The festive season is fast approaching, and the Montville Village Association is busy gearing up for the New Year.

Our AGM was held in October and was attended by special guest Councillor Jenny McKay. I am very pleased to welcome back our capable Management Committee members. John Muller has been elected Vice President, Lou Tasker has stepped ably into the role of Secretary and Frith Duggan has accepted the role of Treasurer as well as Streetscape Co-ordinator. Ruth Kuss returns as Hall Co-ordinator whilst Max Standage and Eric Anderson chair the Sportsground and Russell Family Park sub-committees.

Dennis Condon, President of the Mapleton RSL sub branch, has been working with the MVA to investigate the restoration of the Memorial Gates and building a complementary memorial to commemorate conflicts after World War I. With the assistance of Cr Jenny McKay and Andrew Powell MLA, we received a visit from Heritage Officers from the Department of Environment and Science and Sunshine Coast Council. We discovered that our Heritage listed Helidon sandstone Memorial Gates have been damaged by a range of factors including the acrylic paint painted over the stone, garden beds, pavers, and bitumen trapping water in the structure of the stone and inappropriate fasteners and sealants. Our first job is to have a heritage stone mason remove the paint and assess the damage before repairs will be undertaken. We have started the application process for a Heritage grant to begin this work. We hope to have the restoration completed by the centenary of the gates in 2021.

The proposed amendment to the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme was voted on at an Ordinary Meeting of Council on 8th November. After public consultation, planning staff recommended that the proposed Montville Community Facilities zone be removed from the amendment. Council voted in favour of this. The amendment will now go to the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning to determine if the amendment can be adopted. Will Montville get a retirement village on 67 Western Avenue? It is looking less likely at this stage.

Fundraising efforts for the deck extension are underway. I am very pleased that we have raised $4600 since we launched our fundraising appeal. If you have not already taken the opportunity to help with a donation, come along to the next Growers and Makers Market on 8th December. Our architect David Gole will be very happy to talk to you about the project and receive your donations. Remember if you donate more than $500 your contribution will be commemorated on a plaque. You can also email Frith at treasurer.mva@gmail.com about donating.

If you shop at the IGA at Maleny, you can sign up to the Maleny Supa IGA Community Benefit Club.  In the box for Select Group Name, you can put Montville Village Association.  This means that the IGA will give one cent in every dollar you spend there to the MVA.  It’s an easy way to help fund the deck.  The form is found here (new customer application form) so you can print it off and take it into the IGA next time you are there.

Australia Day is coming up in January and the MVA is in preparations for our annual Australia Day breakfast. Every year we go through the process of selecting a Montville Citizen of the Year and a Montville Lifetime Citizen. The Montville Citizen of the Year award recognises the contribution that someone currently makes to our community. The Montville Lifetime Citizen is awarded to a person who has made a significant long-term contribution to the community of Montville. The MVA is now calling for nominations.   Please send nominations to Lou Tasker at secretary.mva@gmail.com, accompanied by the reasons your nominee deserves recognition.

We have several upcoming events at the Hall and Village Green. You can do some Christmas shopping at the Growers and Makers Market on the second Saturday of December (8th). Come along to enjoy the beautiful Carols on the Green starting 7pm, 19th  December.   After you have recovered from Christmas and New Year join us for the Australia Day breakfast from 7am to 8am, Saturday, 26th January.

See you there.

Deb Davis

President, Montville Village Association