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Newsletter - 1st October 2023

Happy weekend to you 🙂

Our AGM was held on Tuesday night this past week. AGM minutes and financial report to come next week!

Many apologies about the delay in getting the newsletter out this weekend. We have our monthly orders open at the moment. You will hopefully have received an SMS to notify you that they were open earlier this week, but it has come to my attention that many people did not receive the SMS (thanks, Optus!). The monthly orders are due to close tonight, but if anyone needs a couple more days to sort out their order, please get in touch. I am happy to delay closing orders for a couple of days.

Please make sure you put your Mango orders in! And share with family and friends. The mangoes we received last year were spectacular. This year, mangoes will be in short supply in Australia, but we have access to mangoes from a regenerative farm in Queensland at a very reasonable price. Your orders have the added bonus of supporting the Hub and helping us pay our costs each year 🙂

Orders Permanently Open

A reminder that the following orders are always open and available for purchase:

  • Mango Fundraiser - this will be permanently open until mid to late October. More information can be found in the 2nd September Newsletter.

  • Cheeky Monkey - Heat bags made from 100% cotton fabric and thread, with removable, washable covers. They contain corn instead of wheat, making them suitable for people with wheat allergies. You can read more about them on the product pages;

  • Olive and Bee Intimate Cream - recommended by one of our members who has been using it for a couple of years. It has uses as a moisturiser and massage oil as well as a personal lubricant. It has two ingredients - olive oil and beeswax - and is Australian made and owned by a small business. We have some tester tubes coming soon. You can read more about it on the product page;

  • There are always items available in Fills. Fills are important because they let us buy items in bulk (by the carton) so we can continue to get big discounts, but items do need to keep moving through there to keep us financially viable 🙂 So if you need anything, or want to treat yourself to something (there’s always cheese!) head over and check out Fills.

Orders Currently Open

The following orders are currently open (links open each order page):

  • Bass River Dairies - amazing milk, bottled on the farm, and artisan cheeses, made on the farm;

  • Eggs - certified pastured, free range eggs, fresh from Thriving Foods Farm, an organic regenerative farm in Koo Wee Rup;

  • Blue Pumpkin - different brands of organic fridge, freezer and pantry items, including frozen fruit and vegetables, Meredith Dairy sheep and goat yoghurt and cheeses, Coyo coconut yoghurt and ice cream, sugar free organic dairy yoghurt, cheeses, Byron Bay Gourmet Pies, Bio-Grape range and many more;

  • Unique Health Products - a wide range of organic food and non-food items. The range includes many items that make great gifts (see the "gift ideas" filter in the order page), and also many items that reduce waste, including cling wrap made from sugar cane, compostable rubbish bags, silicone baking mats and freezer bags, travel mugs, stainless steel lunchboxes and so on;

  • Kin Kin Naturals - highly effective laundry and dishwashing detergents and powders containing no nasties, made in Queensland by a small family business; and

  • Olive Green Organics - sustainable fish in glass jars and BPA-free cans, and organic gluten free pasta.\

Olive Green Organics is subject to fills, which we will do once the order has closed.

A note about St David Dairy orders

We have been having some issues with the distributor for St David Dairy. One issue is pricing, so while we sort out what the changes mean to us and our members, we are putting a pause on ordering from St David Dairy. We will let you know how things develop!

Temporary Change to Bass River Dairy Order

A reminder that the Bass River Dairy order will be open fortnightly for the foreseeable future. It will open in the same week as the other dairy and fridge/freezer goods suppliers (Blue Pumpkin and St David Dairy). It will open next Friday.

Order Collections from Pakenham

Please make sure you read the minutes from from Monday 14th August’s urgent meeting. It is important that those collecting from Pakenham are aware of the changes we have had to make. We have a permanent (for now!) collection time and place, with a HUGE thank you to Pakenham RSL for letting us use their space completely for free. If you are looking to make a monetary donation somewhere this year, please consider them, as they struggle as much as we do to pay their rent, bills, and help their members.

Pakenham collection details:

Place: Pakenham R.S.L., 1 Snodgrass Street, Pakenham

Collection times: Saturday mornings 8.45 am to 10.15 am.

You will be notified if you have an order available for collection in the current week. Please respond with a time you will be collecting so I know to pack your order into my car.

Please get in touch with any questions.

Have a lovely week and happy shopping!


Melbourne Wellness Hub Inc

Ph. 0438 233 414

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