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.
Meeting minutes are taken and shared with the wider network, including all of the promotional material that is submitted from the participating community groups.

A survey conducted in 2023 found that network members are interested in returning to in-person meetings, but would mostly prefer to stay online.
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 via Zoom.

2024 monthly meeting schedule

  • Wednesday 14 February – 11:30am | Online via Zoom
  • Tuesday 19 March – 1:00pm | Online via Zoom
  • Thursday 18 April – 10:00am | Online via Zoom
  • Tuesday 14 May – 11:30am | Hybrid (Location TBA)
  • Tuesday 18 June – 1:00pm | Online via Zoom
  • Thursday 11 July – 10:00am | Online via Zoom
  • Thursday 15 August – 10:00am | Hybrid (Location TBA)
  • Tuesday 17 September – 10:00am | Online via Zoom
  • Wednesday 16 October – 11:30am | Hybrid (Location TBA)
  • Tuesday 12 November – 10:00am | Online via Zoom
  • End of year get together - TBA

Network members

There are over 90 community groups registered on the network, including but not limited to:

  • A Fitting Connection
  • 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
  • Imagine Re-Evolution
  • 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