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Christmas Closure

SANDBAG will be closed from 2pm on Thursday 24th December. We will be back on deck at 9am on Tuesday 5th January.

If you need help during that period, click the image below to see a larger copy or click HERE to download a PDF copy

Green P Farm

Wouldn't it be great if many of the veggies we eat locally were grown locally and chemical free? Imagine eating potatoes within 24 hours of picking them!!!

This is part of the vision behind Green P Farm which is in the middle of the Deagon Racecourse!

Great use of land - you might say. But wait - there is more. There are three or four communities of people Karen- Burmese, Bhutanese, Nepalese who grew food in their home country who are now growing veg here. They are very appreciative of this, but it is also an opportunity for Sandgate community to be welcoming and supportive. People are looking to learn English, and they have a lot to teach about growing food naturally.

Several groups of students are hooked into the Farm and potentially we could be exploring many alternative technologies here. The possibilities are endless, it all depends on how many of us bring our skills and goodwill to bear on the many and varied tasks. Whether your skill and passion is gardening, English conversation with those just learning, keeping facebook alive, promotion and marketing, grant writing or engaging with students, we are keen for your input.

Contact Ann:, 0422 136 785

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Unplugged Cafe 

The 10th anniversary of the Unplugged Cafe will be celebrated on 4 December.

Entertainment on the night will be the acts that patrons voted for as their favourites of recent times – the DiVersions, BERT, Luan Baldwin, the Stiletto Sisters, Dave Martyn, and a special performance from Sharyn Henry and Toby Chittenden. Plus cake. All you could ask for!    
Starts 7pm Friday 4 December, Sandgate Community Centre. All enquiries to Dave Martyn on 0427 256 573.  
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What's On in December


10.30am-12:30pm: English  Classes – FREE for non-English speakers.  Contact SANBAG on 3969 3244
1.00pm - 2.00pm: Tai Chi –  1st lesson free.  Contact Glenn on 0413 055 714
5.45pm - 6.45pm: Yoga Classes from YogaGrin $15 casual Contact Jan 0420 606 992
7.30pm - 9.00pm: Keep Sandgate Beautiful meeting- 4th Mon each month.  Contact Janelle 3869 2115



10-11am: Community Morning Tea - all welcome each week Gold coin donation
10-11.30am: All Access Line Dancing Group - fun for people living with a disability, 2nd Tues each month to June Contact SANDBAG 3869 3244
12-2pm: Sandgate Community Connect Group - peer support, games, friendship.Enquiries welcome  3869 3244
1-2.30pm: SANDBAG Book Club – 2nd Tues each month. Contact Kathy on 3269 8938
7-9.30pm: Writers Group – 3rd Tues each month $4/meeting. Contact Ray on 3865 6730
7-10pm: Year for Peace – Community Discussions (1st Tues each month)  All welcome. Contact Peter or Janine on 3261 8715


9.30am-12pm: Brotherhood of the Wordless – 3rd Wed each month.Contact Joan on 3269 4406
12 Noon: Community Cafe Lunch each week Gold coin donation
Triple A Music Academy - Pitch Perfect Club (Ages 10-13) Contact Fran on 0450 122 267
4.30-5.30pm: Paddys Van providing free food for those sleeping rough or doing it touch. Meals on Wheels carpark (next door to SANDBAG) 
5-6pm: French Conversation Classes $15 per class Contact Laetitia on 0432 806 491


9.30-11am Resume Writing, Form Filling Assistance By appointment Ph: 3869 3244
English  Classes – FREE for non-English speakers. Contact SANDBAG on 3869 3244
7-8pm: Meditation Classes FORTNIGHTLY Contact Wendy on 0422 150 062


9.30am-2pm: General Counselling. By Appointment – 3269 0277
9.30am-12noon: Crafty Capers – bring along your project & share a laugh & friendship. Contact Kathleen on  3269 1258
9.30am - 11:30am: Art Classes - teacher guided, all levels/mediums explored Contact Jean on 3865 2654
7.00pm - 10:00pm : 
Unplugged Cafe - Great night out 1st Fri each month. Entry $6/$3 concession Veg/Meat Meal $10, Dessert $5


Hall / Kitchen / Meeting Rooms available for hire. Please email for more information


10am-2pm: Triple A Music Academy Classes
Kids' Jam - ages 4-9 $15
Electric Jam Class - adults/young adults $20
Songwriters' Club - Free! Share songs in the making, feedback, brainstorming & songcraft techniques. All ages
Acoustic Jam Class $20
For more information about what times which classes are on, please phone Contact Fran on 0450 122 267

Other Up-Coming Events

Wednesday 9th December 12noon Seniors Xmas Lunch at the Sandgate Community Centre cost $5  
Friday 11th December 5.30pm Manna From Heaven Xmas Meal  Free - If you're not a regular, please contact the Community Centre to book 
Saturday 12th December  8am- Car Boot Sale in the Meals on Wheels carpark (next to the Sandgate Community Centre) $10 to book space
Wed 16th December 4pm St Pats-Paddies Van Xmas Meal Free at the Sandgate Community Centre
Friday 25th December 10.30am-2.30pm Sandgate Community Centre Annual Xmas Day Lunch Free 

Donations Wanted

For gifts for people attending the Xmas Day Lunch

Donations of good quality goods suitable for gifts for people of all ages attending the Christmas Day lunch would be very much appreciated. Gifts suitable for men and teenage boys (eg toiletries) are needed in particular

Donations can be dropped off at the Sandgate Community Centre (office hours 9am - 2pm Tuesday to Friday) or at the office of Stirling Hinchliffe, Member for Sandgate, Fifth Avenue, Sandgate.

Counselling Service

Whilst the Christmas period can be a time of great joy, it can also be a time of immense stress and sadness for some.   SANDBAG offers free counselling to children (8+ years), young people and adults to make positive changes in their lives. 

We specialise in providing counselling and support for women and children affected by Domestic and Family Violence.  If you, or anyone you know, would like any further information (all enquiries are confidential) please phone 3269 0277 9am – 5pm Tuesday – Thursday and 9am – 2pm Friday.  Our counsellors are highly qualified, experienced and professionally supervised.

Please keep in mind our service will be closed from 2pm 24/12/15 – 9am 5/01/16.   If you require urgent support outside of our operating hours, please refer to the emergency contacts list included in this newsletter.

Community Partnerships Worker

Are you an experienced community worker, looking for a challenging and rewarding job in a great organisation? If so, we would love to hear from you. Click HERE to see our job advert on SEEK

Are you a SANDBAG Member?

Membership is open to all members of the community and only costs $5 per annum and you’ll be helping us to provide our valuable services.

Download a Membership Form HERE and return it to one of our offices with your payment. Or, you can email it to and make your payment to:

Account name: SANDBAG General Business
BSB: 484799
Account no.: 027129297

*If paying via bank transfer please include your surname as the payment reference
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