Category: CHIRP News

A relaxing exercise opportunity

11 January 2022 Bookings are now open for 2022 Tai Chi Groups to be held during school terms in Castlemaine, Guildford, Maldon, and Newstead. Groups will start early February. CHIRP Community Health Tai Chi groups are led by trained volunteers who updated their skills over the summer break with training funded by Mount Alexander Shire […]

Written by on January 11, 2022

A walking tour of Anzac Hill

A free guided walking tour of Maldon’s Anzac Hill will be held on April 28 and everyone is invited to come along. Noel Muller who is the Ranger Team Leader at Parks Victoria will lead the tour. “Anzac Hill in Maldon is one of the oldest memorials to the Australian men and boys serving in […]

Written by on April 8, 2022

A walking tour of birds at Castlemaine Botanical Gardens

A free guided tour of birdlife at Castlemaine Botanical Gardens will be held on March 31 and everyone is invited to come along. Jane Rusden, who is the convenor of the Castlemaine District branch of Birdlife, will lead the tour. “The Castlemaine Botanical Gardens has water birds and some big parrots. We will also talk […]

Written by on March 1, 2022

Back To The Good Things – New Video Campaign

2nd August 21 Getting vaccinated isn’t just about ‘not catching COVID’, as crucial as that is. It’s about reclaiming our old lives; the things we once took for granted. Meeting grandchildren, hugging your mum, catching up with friends. It’s about music festivals, first dates and dancefloor introductions. It’s about an end to home-schooling, and hitting […]

Written by on August 2, 2021

Bookings open for Nordic Pole Walking in 2022

31 December 2021 Bookings are now open for weekly Nordic Pole Walking classes in 2022. The classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in Castlemaine and on Wednesday evenings in Maldon. Trained volunteers, described by participants as ‘patient and encouraging’ lead the groups, and teach participants Nordic Pole Walking skills over 10 weeks. […]

Written by on December 30, 2021


The end of an era and new beginnings for CHIRP Community Health were celebrated in March in a formal event to acknowledge the service’s role in the community and offer a formal farewell. The event held in the Botanic Gardens began with a Welcome to Country from Aunty Kerri Douglas. This was followed with a […]

Written by on April 12, 2022

CHIRP Community Health has moved!

CHIRP moved to Spencely House at Castlemaine Health. All appointments from 6 June 2022 will be held at Spencely House, Castlemaine Health, 142 Cornish Street. While our address is changing, all other contact details like phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same. Want to drop in? If you need to chat about how […]

Written by on May 31, 2022

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Testing Clinic update: Please Note: Please note our COVID-19 Testing Clinic is now closed (last testing day was on Thursday, 16 June. You can read more about why our clinic is closing in Latest News. Your nearest testing clinics are now: Central Highlands Rural Health – 7-25 Caroline Chisholm Drive, Kyneton (Ph 5422 9900) or […]

Written by on June 15, 2021

CHIRP reaches out to LGBTI community

14th December 2020 CHIRP Community Health’s recent Rainbow Tick Accreditation shows the organisation has gone from LGBTI friendly to LGBTI inclusive.      To further improve inclusivity, a new position was created in October at CHIRP under Working For Victoria funding, and Sherene Clow was appointed as LGBTIQA+ Engagement Officer.  This role has enabled CHIRP to be responsive to the needs of the LGBTI Community in the Mount Alexander Shire and beyond.  […]

Written by on December 14, 2020

COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinics to close

Castlemaine Health’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic is set to close this month with Wednesday, 22 June 2022 the final day for vaccinations.  Our clinic has played a vital role in our local COVID-19 response and greatly contributed to the high vaccination rates in our shire. Closure of the clinic will enable staff to move back into […]

Written by on June 10, 2022