Mayor encourages residents to celebrate at a Community Christmas Meal event

The City of Greater Bendigo is encouraging residents who may be alone, feel isolated, or who are facing financial difficulties this Christmas to register to attend one of the free Community Christmas Meal events taking place in December. 

Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Andrea Metcalf said the community meal events are always well attended and aim to connect people who are disadvantaged or need company over the festive period.   

“We know that COVID-19 has brought a lot of change and new challenges for many people and these are free events that would not be possible without the generous support from local businesses and volunteers from our municipality,” Cr Metcalf said.

“We are fortunate in Greater Bendigo to have great community groups supporting residents who may not have people to celebrate with during the festive season.”

The following organisations are hosting events, registrations are essential and interested people should contact the event organiser if they would like to attend for catering purposes:

Bendigo Australia Indonesia Klub     

6pm Saturday December 18, 2021

Quarry Hill Community Hall, 4-14 Peel Street Quarry Hill

Contact: Heri Febriyanto [email protected]


Elmore Foodshare     

11.45am Friday December 17, 2021

Elmore Community Hub 3 Clarke Street Elmore      

Contact: Rhonda Whiteman [email protected]


Heathcote Foodshare

12 noon Wednesday December 22, 2021     

Heathcote Masonic Lodge 82 High Street Heathcote          

Contact: Glen Cullimore [email protected]


Heathcote Community House

12 noon Thursday December 23, 2021         

Heathcote Inn 9 Hunter Place, Heathcote    

Contact: Vicki Forde [email protected]


Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services     

12 noon Thursday December 23, 2021         

The Salvation Army 65 Mundy Street Bendigo

Contact: Deanna Neville [email protected]

The Salvation Army   

11am Saturday December 25, 2021 

The Salvation Army 65 Mundy Street Bendigo

Contact: Andrew Walker [email protected]

In line with Victorian Government requirements, attendees aged 12 years and over will need to be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination status, or medical exemption to attend.

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