Background

Mandalong is a small rural community. Most of the properties in the area are between 10 and 50 hectares, some in traditional small farming blocks but many in environmentally protected areas. There was a population of just 426 people at the 2016 census. 

Typical of rural locations, families had lived in the valley for many years and there was a strong sense of community and appreciation of the local environment.

In recent years Centennial Coal purchased more than 50 properties in the Mandalong Valley. This represented more than 30% of the landholders.

During this time the social profile of the community radically changed as long-term owner residents were replaced with tenants. The impact has been significant. This unavoidable sequence of events gradually fractured and weakened the community engagement.

In response to these circumstances the Mandalong Community Association (MCA) set about an intense period of community-building activities. These have included regular community social events including a Book Club and a Film Club. In addition, this Mandalong web site has been constructed to facilitate good communication with residents.

Central to these community-building activities has been an ongoing ambition to procure a meeting facility to further enable the MCA to draw together and nourish the rebuilding of the community.

The MCA aim to establish a community hub at the old Mandalong Fire Shed once the fire brigade has been rehoused in a purpose-built fire station nearer the M1.  The community hub will provide a space in which the community can carry out all sorts of activities including occasional markets, movie nights, barbeques and social events.  The facility will be available to Mandalong residents who are interested in running sessions such as yoga, meditation or art classes – we are open to all suggestions.  The development of a community facility in Mandalong will be a great boost to strengthen the sense of community. 

Centennial Coal is now selling properties it no long has an interest in and the community is pleased to be welcoming new families into the area, many of them with young children. The future looks bright for Mandalong.



The committee members are all available for you to call.

 President - Angela Besant   02 4975 5818 or 0412 836 031

 Vice President - Mick Astles 

 Secretary – Robyn Hall  0425 242 397

 Treasurer – Zsofia Kennedy

 

 Chair, Mining Subcommittee - Mick Astles  

 Joint Chair, Mining Subcommittee - Tracey Corkery  0449 192 861

 

 Committee Member - Marton Marosszeky 4977 3710 or 0412 446 916

Committee Member - Leonie Sweeney 4970 5842 office or 4977 3012 home