Community Connect Network

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Nillumbik’s Community Connect Network brings together a range of passionate community groups from across the Shire.

Members build capacity and connections within the local area through monthly online or face-to-face meetings, information sharing and networking opportunities.

The network was established in 2020 in response to COVID-19, as a way to keep community connected. It has since grown into a large community network driven by local community groups and leaders.

The network provides an opportunity to share information and collaborate on projects and initiatives, aimed at strengthening the health and wellbeing of the Nillumbik community.

Network meetings

The Community Connect Network is facilitated by Council’s Community Development team and meetings are scheduled monthly.

A survey conducted in 2022 found that network members are interested in returning to in-person meetings. In order to make meetings more accessible to everyone, these in-person meetings will operate in a hybrid format.

Hybrid meetings combine in-person meetings with streaming technology that allows people to participate and listen online.

2023 monthly meeting schedule

  • Tuesday 14 February - 1:00pm | Online only via Zoom
  • Wednesday 15 March - 10:00am | Hybrid (Eltham Neighbourhood House)
  • Thursday 13 April - 1:00pm | Hybrid (Diamond Creek Neighbourhood House)
  • Tuesday 16 May - 11:30am | Online only via Zoom
  • Wednesday 14 June - 1:00pm | Online only via Zoom
  • Wednesday 12 July - 11:30am | Hybrid (Hurstbridge Community Hub)
  • Tuesday 15 August - 1:00pm | Online only via Zoom
  • Thursday 14 September - 10:00am | Hybrid (Eltham Neighbourhood House)
  • Wednesday 11 October - 11:30am | Hybrid
  • Tuesday 14 November - 10:00am | Online only via Zoom
  • Wednesday 13 December - TBA (End of year get together)

Network members

There are over 80 community groups registered on the network, including but not limited to:

  • Community and Volunteers of Eltham (CAVE)
  • Diamond Creek Men's Shed
  • Diamond Valley Lions
  • Eltham District Historical Society
  • Eltham Lions
  • Eltham Men's Shed
  • Eltham Rotary
  • Green Karma
  • LinC - Eltham & District Church Service Network
  • North of the Yarra Quilters
  • Older Men: New Ideas (OM:NI) Diamond Valley
  • St. Margaret's Anglican Church Eltham
  • U3A Nillumbik

...and many more.

Looking for a particular group or service? Try the Community and Services Directory or the Rotary Club of Eltham list of community organisations.

If you are interested in joining the network, you can register online.

Register to join the network

For more information contact our Community Development Officer on 03 9433 3111 or email