Community Connect Program – About Us

Welcome to the Mooroolbark Community Connect Program, we look forward to sharing what the Program can offer you. The Community Connect Program is administered in partnership by Mooroolbark Umbrella Group (MUG) and Mooroolbark Traders & Community Group (MTCG).

At the heart of the Program is Shop 16, located in the Mooroolbark Terrace Shopping Centre, which has been made available through a generous lease-holder for community use. A Grants for Community grant through the Yarra Ranges Council makes the funding of administration, furnishing and utility costs possible. 

Shop 16 offers a central space to enhance and strengthen community connection and wellbeing through coming together and sharing ideas, planning and hosting activities, and creating an atmosphere of cooperation, support and belonging. Members of the community are invited to participate through volunteering, sharing ideas for the space and/or program, hosting their own workshops, exhibitions, activities or other initiatives.

Shop 16 is already hosting several community activities such as the DVD library, book exchange, and a homework club. In the weeks prior to the Celebrate Mooroolbark Festival, the committee used Shop 16 as their base.