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Little libraries bringing free books to Mansfield

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The very first Little Free Library in Mansfield will be installed in Malcolm Street in the next few weeks. The second is almost ready to go to and the third is under construction. We envisage many more, for example, they might also be installed at a school bus stop where you might find 8 or 10 letterboxes and parents meeting each day.

This project has objectives around literacy and numeracy but it is really about community spirit and inclusion across all age groups within our Shire. We're excited about it and hope you will be too.

We think this broad community project may well be of interest to you; if you are interested, if you want one in your front yard, or have an idea where you would like to see one, please reach out to me so we can have a chat.

Kind regards

Bill Copley

Vice President


Mansfield Men's Shed

Welcome to MACE for Term 1 2015

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

MACE 1975 – 2015

I hope you all had a relaxing holiday break and were able to enjoy some quality time with family and friends. Now may be the time to start thinking about returning to study in preparation for a change of career or for some self-development or just to keep the brain active. Here at MACE we offer a range of courses in a friendly and fun environment delivered by caring and experienced trainers.

In 2015 MACE celebrates its 40th Birthday! The organisation has gone through many changes since it began in 1975 when the focus was unashamedly to provide courses, talks and activities mainly for women. Today the organisation has evolved to be a major regional provider of Vocational Education and Training while retaining its commitment to providing a venue for social connection. Since 1975 MACE has effectively engaged disadvantaged people and those at risk of social isolation including people with a disability, older persons and concession cardholders. Our participants identify multiple reasons for coming to MACE and multiple benefits from attending our courses, activities and programs.

MACE will stage a celebratory event in May 2015 and the Mansfield community will be invited to participate.

Mansfield Education and Training Needs Analysis

Tell us what you really want! Throughout February and March 2015, MACE will be conducting an Education and Training Needs project within the Mansfield Shire. We want to know what training courses/programs you want to see MACE provide – whether it be an accredited course or a leisure/hobby activity. The project seeks the views of individuals, local businesses, community groups and industry.

MACE has engaged local company, Playfair Marketing Services, to undertake the community consultation and research and I ask you to please assist us by either completing a survey or participating in the consultation.

Family Learning Support Program – Subsidised Childcare

In 2015 MACE is pleased to again be able to offer Mansfield parents/carers heavily subsidised childcare for those who enrol in courses at MACE. Don’t let the cost of childcare be a barrier to your learning needs. Whether it is an accredited or pre-accredited course, eligible parents will be able to receive a childcare subsidy for up to 15 hours occasional care per week while they attend the course. Please contact us for further details.

I hope to see you in 2015 at Mansfield’s Learn Local organisation – the Mansfield Community Education Centre.

Paul Sladdin, CEO

UNi4U Update

Friday, October 25, 2013
Just an update on classes we are hoping to have developed before the November 30 deadline. If you know anyone who may be interested in joining one of these classes - please ask them to contact me ASAP - we don't want anyone to miss out on this opportunity!
See list below:
* Cobram/Numurkah - Diploma of Business
* Seymour - Diploma of Business 
* Kinglake - Diploma of Business 
* Yea - Diploma of Community Services Work
* Nathalia - Diploma of Community Services Work 
* Wodonga - Diploma of Community Services Work & Diploma of Business 

Let me know if you would like more information on specific classes.
Contact: Julia Fitz-Gerald - 03 5775 2077 or email

Certificate III in Aged Care Students.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Some very happy MACE students studying Certificate III in Aged Care, from Iramoo Learn Local Centre, Wyndham Vale. If Aged Care is a area you are interested in please don't hesitate to contact us at 035775 2077 or

Uni4U - The study begins close to home

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Want to escape to the country but still be able to get your diploma. The Learn Local organisation in Mansfield has linked with Swinburne University in a innovative UNI4U program. Join us as we interview the manager of the centre and the administrator of the program.

UNI4U Nominated for 2013 Victorian Learn Local Awards

Friday, August 09, 2013
The finalists for the 2013 Learn Local Awards have been announced by the Minister for Higher Education and Skills, the Hon. Peter Hall, MLC

The MACE UNi4U program was nominated in the "Excellence in Creating Local Solutions" section. The winners will be announced on Thursday 29th of August at the St.Kilda Townhall. Below is the full list of nominations.

Attention Wangaratta residents

Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Attention Wangaratta residents!
Uni4U staff will be in Wangaratta next Wednesday, 14th August at the Open Door Neighbourhood House, and will be available to discuss the program from 1-3pm, and 6-8pm. Register your interest by emailing Julia: or call 5775 2077

Expression of Interest for Uni4U

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Do you know anyone living in Yea, Kinglake, Healesville, Toolangi or Flowerdale who is looking to study a university degree? Expressions of Interest are now being taken for classes in these areas!
Contact Julia for more details: 5775 2077 or

Uni4U Facebook Page

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Do you want to gain a University Degree in Community Health or Business?
Interested in a Higher Education qualification but can’t afford to study away from home?
Need assistance and support to undertake study?

Uni4U is an exciting new project between Swinburne University and MACE which provides opportunities for residents in the Hume Region to undertake a higher education qualification without leaving home.

MACE has now created a dedicated Uni4U Facebook Page where you can keep up to date. So if you are a Facebook user please pop over and slap the "like Button" 

Spanner In The Works

Friday, May 04, 2012

Spanner In The Works

Benella Health in partnership with Mansfield Community Education Centre and The Australian Men's Shed Association are holding a free mens health checkup session at The Men's Community Shed on Friday June 15 from 10am until 2pm. Has it been a long time since you had your last checkup? If so why not pop along and take advantage of this free service.

spanner in the works