Woodend Neighbourhood House

Annual report December 2018 download here

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Our 2019 Committee has ten members.

Matt Gunn (President) lives in Woodend and has been here for 30 years during which time he has been involved in a number of community groups including Scouts, Guides, Basketball and Bike Club. After a break Matt is now keen to re-engage with local community activities and joined the committee in late 2014.

Hubert Weisrock (Vice President) has always been an active member of the community, organising youth groups, camps and bike tours in his homeland of Germany before moving to Australia. His 25 years as a technical officer on merchant and passenger ships took him many times around the world. In September 1991, while still working full time on ships, he and his wife Anna started to build a mud brick house in Woodend. After his retirement in 2002 he wandered into the Neighbourhood House, where his passion for photography, gardening, walking and cycling, and DIY was soon put to good use.

Anthony Montague (Secretary) is a recent arrival to Woodend from Sydney. Not long after he moved to Woodend he visited the monthly farmers’ market and signed up to volunteer. He then joined the ‘Walkers Who Talk’ group at the House and shortly after joined the committee as secretary. Despite having only been here a short time, Anthony is well and truly part of the Woodend community and we are lucky to have his skills and enthusiasm at the House.

Tom Marsh (Treasurer) joined the committee in 2018 and has brought his infectious energy and optimism to the team. Tom spends half the week in Melbourne and then retreats to Woodend to recharge and immerse himself in the community.

Terrie Hollingsworth has lived in Woodend for 15 years. She has worked as a counsellor in community health in and around the Macedon Ranges for 30 years. She came on to the board in early 2014, bringing knowledge of and experience in the not-for-profit sector and a wish to be part of a community group in the town that had a strong connection to its community.

 

Donna Seary has lived in Woodend since 2011 and plunged feet first into community groups when she arrived, bringing her wealth of experience in the Scouts and Guides movement to the town. Donna started volunteering with the Neighbourhood House about the same time and in 2014 became a committee member for the House.

 

Peter Lane is already a well know figure in the Woodend community, having served as the President of the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group and the Woodend Primary School Council for a number of years. Peter is now bringing his considerable energy and experience to the House.

Paul Muller spent many years working in the insurance industry and lives in Newham. Paul has worked with many community groups over the years, most recently assisting at Sunshine Heights Cricket Club establishing a cricket team for refugee youths. When he recently retired, he approached the House to offer his extensive experience and knowledge to the committee.

Jayne Howley will be a familiar face to anyone visiting our Repair Cafe where she has volunteered since it started, bringing her leatherwork skills to those in need in the community. Jayne spent the last seven years on the Kyneton Hospital Board and brings a wealth of governance experience to the House. Her strategic  thinking, rich community knowledge and analytical skills are a great asset to the House.

Jack Conway is a long time resident of Woodend and an active member of the House. His partner Lilian is one of the organisers of our community lunches so Jack has spent many hours helping bring these events to life and tidying up afterwards. Jack represents the volunteer team at the House.

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