Milpara, Korumburra’s Community House is a great place but difficult to explain.

You’ll find us at 21 Shellcot Road Korumburra

The truth is Milpara is so many things to so many people it is hard to sum it up neatly.

Our Vision: People in the Korumburra district have access to new skills, personal development and community networks.

Our Mission: To be the focal point for the delivery of a range of services and learning opportunities.

We are proud of how well we achieve these goals.  There are some common misconceptions about where our funding comes from to provide this great community asset. Maybe a nice starting point for this explanation is the little remembered fact that Milpara has developed from a simple playgroup into a multi-faceted organisation offering community services, adult education classes, groups, and advocacy, referral and support services, while retaining its original intention and living up to the meaning of its name – “Meeting Place”.

Milpara’s history is entrenched with dedicated volunteers, without them the Community House would never have developed further than an idea.  From 1979 till 1982 childcare operated from Milpara until the opening of the Birralee Childcare Centre in Victoria Street. The small operational grant meant that the majority of childcare had to be provided by volunteers. The Milpara Committee then approached the Shire to retain the building in Shellcot Road as a community house and it has been registered as an adult education provider since 1984.    

Volunteers play a vital role and are an integral part of the team even today. It surprises some people to find that Milpara has no full time workers at all. We are run by a volunteer Committee of Governance, and while the building is owned by the Shire we are not financially supported by the shire and are completely independent.

Milpara Community House receives the majority of its funding through the Neighbourhood House Coordination Program (NHCP). The Department of Education and Training (DET) contracts Milpara Community House to deliver Adult Community Further Education (ACFE) courses as a Learn Local organisation, you’ll notice those courses in our program with a LL logo. Federal funding is provided by the Department of Human Services (DHS) to host and operate the Centrelink Agency on site 10 hours per week. A major source of income is self-generated through the delivery of Adult Education courses and sessions. Our FoodBank is not funded at all, with expectation of people who donate their IGA points.  It relies on Food Bank Victoria, Aldi’s Second Bite and the generous donations of businesses, groups and individuals. 

We are a non-for profit organisation and keep the costs of our courses/activities as low as possible, to remain viable we are required to generate our own income to cover our running costs and ensure we can deliver continued service to our community long into the future.    So when you attend a course/workshop or group at Milpara you’re part of the big picture!

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Evening computer classes.

Computers for Beginner is also an evening course this term! It will bew Tuesdays & Thursdays August 27 – September 24, 6 pm – 8:30 pm. This course is designed for people who don’t know much about computers but want to learn. It will start at the very beginning and help you to gain your confidence. You will learn basic computer use including how to create files and folders, navigate Windows, access and browse the internet, send and recieve an email and basic word processing.

Office Essentials this term has a focus on Excel and Word.  This course extends your knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite, with major emphasis on Excel and Word.  It will include overviews (each approximately 30 minutes) of Publisher, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook. This course will focus on Excel, including creating formulas, creating a budget and creating a chart. The focus on Word will include formatting documents, tables and combining Excel in Word. . This term it will be an evening course running on Tuesdays and Thursdays August 1 – August 22, 6 pm – 8:30 pm.  

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Just for the blokes.

Horses for courses is a great adage. We have a great Men’s Shed meeting Tuesdays and Wednesdays as well as the Men’s Shed Hospital Garden on Thursdays, but these groups do not suit everyone.  We are hoping to kick off a new group “For the Blokes” the initial meeting will be Friday July 26 at 10 am, pending interest this could be a weekly group.  It will be for men to gather, discuss what is relevant to them or simply share stories.  The group can be what the Blokes want it to be.

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Info session and reminder to add yourself to our email list

We are holding a free Breast Health and Screening Information Session at Milpara on Tuesday June 25 from 12:30 utill 1:30 pm.  A guest speaker from BreastScreen Victoria is coming to discuss the latest on breast cancer and early detection including breast awareness and screening.  It is an excellent opportunity to ask questions. It would be fabulous if you let us know you are coming but you are welcome to just pop in on the day too.   The timing is perfect with Mobile Screening Service visiting Leongatha from July 1 – August 2.  The mobile screening service uses high quality digital screening, has expert female staff and is free and requiring no doctor’s referral.  Remember BreastScreen is for women without symptoms – see your doctor immediately if you notice a breast change.

If you have not already put your name down on our email list, now is a good time to do so simply email Belinda at or you can join our mail list here:  The term 3 program is being finalised so not long before it will be in people’s inbox.

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Can you repair things? New Repair Cafe?

When I was young, I remember watching my grandfather’s tinker in theirs sheds; things went in not working or broken, after some maintenance or repairs they often would come out ready to go again.    Both of my Nan’s had sewing boxes with buttons, zips, and cottons ready for darning, a quick mend or alteration.  Not much was discarded before someone had at least tried to give it a second chance.

Now days many things end up in landfill, even though with a little know how they may be easily repaired.  Many of us just lack the knowledge to fix, mend or repair things independently.

This has sparked a new movement of Repair Cafés.  First, starting in the Netherlands in 2007, the idea is taking off and there are now over 1500 Repair Café’s globally.

The photo was taken at Melbourne Repair Café 3rd birthday in March 2019. It shows Karen from Mend It Australia and her husband Danny in the background, who attend many Repair Cafes as volunteers.

So what is a Repair Café?  It is a place visitors can bring their broken item from home and sit down with a volunteer fixer.  It provides an opportunity for valuable knowledge to be passed on, connections to be made and of course reduce our ever-increasing landfill.   Repair cafés are a free service with donations welcome and often held on a Saturday or Sunday monthly.

Milpara is interested to gauge if this is something our community would get behind. Would you be interested in attending a Repair Café? Would you be interested in being a volunteer fixer?  I would love your feedback!  You can give me, Belinda a call at Milpara on 56552524 or



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Let’s Talk About Parenting

Parent Zone Gippsland will be running a no cost program for parents and carers, “Let’s Talk About Parenting “at Milpara.  It will run for four Thursdays June 6 – June 27, 1pm – 3pm.  This is a great opportunity to learn new strategies.  From a personal perspective as Belinda a Mum not Belinda from Milpara, I can say I attended a program when my children were younger and it was fantastic.  Both of my children are very different, what worked for one did not work for the other.  I have found parenting is hard work and frustrating at times.  I was surprised when another parent, one I greatly respected, told me she had been to a program and it was a great experience.   Following her recommendation, I tried it. The program provided a great space to share, get new ideas and some reassurance. It is for adults only so also provides some you time, something Mum’s can forget is very important.  I was so glad I attended. If you would like to book a place in the ‘Let’s Talk about Parenting’ program please call Parent Zone Gippsland on 5135 9555 or

Download poster here: Let’s Talk Parenting

We have a number of people who have expressed interest in Office Essentials and Introduction to Computers.  We started an Office Essentials class last week but are looking at possibly starting another.   We are taking interest in both day and evening classes.  Please let us know if you may be interested, call 56552524.

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‘Art Class’ and ‘Fitter For Life’ both start this week on Tuesday May 7.

MAY 14 Fitter For Life Trial FREE SESSION

Have you recently moved to our wonderful area?  Then let us welcome you at our Newcomers’ Luncheon on Wednesday May 15.  We do request you RSVP for this free activity by this Friday May 10.

Art Therapy Group Sessions start on Friday 17.  The cost will be per session and all materials will be included in the session fee.  We do require notice of 1 week if you plan to attend.  Minimum numbers will be required.  Art is one of our most powerful means of self – discovery.  Come and join the gently therapeutic sessions, in a safe space, to explore what your artistic expression is unveiling for you.

We have a Wet Felting Workshop – Wall Hanging with use of embellishments like pre-felts and other materials, on Saturday May 18.  Bookings a week ahead are required; all materials are included in the workshop fee, just BYO old towel.

Like so many organisations, Milpara just would not be the same without the wonderful Volunteer support we receive.  We are very fortunate to have an amazing group of volunteers who donate their time to all sorts of things including supporting office staff, running groups, delivering some classes, developing our beautiful gardens and more.  We will be holding a Volunteers Afternoon Tea on May 22, to show our thanks.

If you would like any additional information or to make a booking please call Milpara on 5655 2524.

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Milpara News 29.4.19

Introduction to Buddhism will run over five Monday evenings commencing May 6, followed by general meditation.  The fee is Dana, which is a monetary offering for the teaching.

Art Class will run again this term over 8 weeks, classes commence on Tuesday May 7.

Something new to Milpara this term is Fitter for Life.  It is designed for men and women over 50.  A great class to improve your mobility, strength, balance, coordination and flexibility while having fun. Since the Term Program was printed, we have had some exciting news, the ‘This Girl Can’ initiative will mean the fee for women attending will be subsidised.  Let us know if you will be attending the pilot come try and sign up session on Tuesday May 7.

This terms Newcomers’ Luncheon will be held on Wednesday May 15. This is a free activity but we do request RSVP’s by Friday May 10.  The ‘Basic Cooking with Laura’ class will be preparing the meal for the Luncheon.  If you would like to brush up on your cooking skills, learn to create economic meals or just join in for some fun why not join Laura on Tuesday afternoons each week. Taste testing is an important step to all of her classes, which are free to attend.

Art Therapy is also returning to Milpara this term.  It will held on Friday mornings from May 17, bookings are required. Course fee is per session and all materials are supplied.

Would you like more information?  Call us on 5655 2524.

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Summary of Term 2

This may help you work out what is happening at Milpara and when.


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And just like that Term 2 begins

We hope everyone has had a safe Easter.  It’s Tuesday April 23, and Milpara is open ready for a wonderful Term 2.  A friendly reminder reminder that we will be closed on Thursday April 25 for Anzac Day.

Enrolments are open for all of the Term 2 courses.  Due to the public holidays, it is a bit of short week and only the following weekly classes will start this week: Morning Mah-jong, Yoga, Milpara Singers, Crafts with Barb and Learn English.  Our other weekly classes will start next week including English & Maths Monday April 29, The Craft of Story Writing & Speak English Thursday May 2. Tuesdays Basic Cooking with Laura has moved times slightly and now starts at noon commencing on Tuesday April 30.

We have some great activities starting in May. Introduction to Buddhism will run over 5 weeks commencing May 6.  Fitter for Life is for men and women over 50 the sessions are designed to improve your mobility, strength, balance, coordination and flexibility.  The come try day will be Tuesday May 7 and then will continue each week if there is sufficient interest.  Art is one of the most powerful means of self-discovery so why not try our Art Therapy Group Sessions commencing May 17?

If you would like to know what else is on offer in Term 2  check out 2019 Term 2 Colour Program or pop in and see us and pick up a paper copy (21 Shellcot Road Korumburra).

If you have any questions please give our friendly staff a call on 5655 2524.



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