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Meals on Wheels Central Coast Ready to Generate Power

There is a welcome new addition to the team at the Meals on Wheels Central Coast Distribution Centre at Tuggerah. It’s big and powerful and will come in handy in times of power outages and storms.

Thanks to the Australian Government’s Stronger Communities Programme, a Himoinsa HYW45T5 generator has been installed to assist in times of power outages and emergency situations.

Gaining support from Emma McBride MP, Member for Dobell, Meals on Wheels Central Coast applied for a grant for Round 5 of the Stronger Communities Programme, run through the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

The grant, which will share half the cost of the generator and its installation costs, is essential to maintaining the high level of support the company offers the local community.

“The installation of the generator means that we can still supply meals to our clients in the case of planned or unplanned power cuts,” said Dennis Taylor, CEO of Meals on Wheels Central Coast.

“In the event of lengthy power cuts, our organisation would face significant financial loss due to the logistical cost of the loss of meals.

“Having the generator means no loss of service to our clients, and also gives Meals on Wheels Central Coast the capacity to provide meals to members of the Central Coast Community in the event of an emergency,” Mr Taylor said.

The generator is now installed and ready to be fired up when the need arises.

For more information on Meals on Wheels Central Coast and the services that they offer, please contact 4357 8444 or admin@ccmow.com.au


Dennis Taylor, CEO of Meals on Wheels Central Coast, with the new generator

Ready to Throw Open our Doors

Meals on Wheels Central Coast is ready to welcome guests to our Open Day this Thursday, 27 February.

The Open Day will be held between 10am and 12pm at the Head Office at Tuggerah, with prospective clients, their families and carers, as well as service providers from around the Coast expected to visit.

There will be information available to visitors on the myriad of services on offer by Meals on Wheels Central Coast (MOWCC). Known for our catch phrase, ‘More than Just a Meal’, we offer not only meal delivery, but social support via our Flexi Foods and Community Restaurant programs.  Information will also be available regarding home care package and NDIS plan assistance, as well as our subsidiary companies, including Coast Cuisine, that caters to the entire Central Coast community.

There will be the opportunity to partake in some taste testing, with Flagstaff Fine Foods, one of our suppliers, in attendance to hand out samples. Clients signing up to the service on the day will receive a free meal with their first delivery, and there is also the opportunity to win a $50 voucher for frozen meals.

The MOWCC Open Day will be held on Thursday 27 February, from 10am to 12pm at Meals on Wheels Central Coast, Unit 6, 10 Pioneer Avenue, Tuggerah.

To register your interest email marketing@ccmow.com.au or call 0447 074 161.

NSW Seniors Festival Activities

This year for our NSW Seniors Festival celebrations we held some Gentle Movement classes at some of our Community Restaurants.

Thanks to Insight Exercise Physiology who conducted these sessions at Bateau Bay and Woy Woy. Our clients loved these classes and we hope to have you back again soon!

Seniors Festival Woy Woy



New Generator for our Tuggerah Distribution Centre

Behold the mighty generator! Thanks to the Australian Government’s Stronger Communities Programme and Emma McBride MP, Member for Dobell, we have received funding to assist us in the purchase and installation of this (not so little) beauty at our Tuggerah Distribution Centre.

Our new generator, a Himoinsa HYW-45T5, will support our business in times of planned and unplanned power cuts, minimising inconvenience to our clients and safeguarding our meal stock. This also means that we can provide meals to members of the Central Coast Community in the event of an emergency.

Support for the Rural Fire Service Near and Far

We love being able to support the Australian community, and recently we were were able to assist the Rural Fire Service via some donations.

Over the past month we have been able to donate meals to the Gosford Rural Fire Service Catering Unit at Kariong. Our donation of meals was well received and will help feed those out fighting the bush fires that have been raging in our region.

We were also able to donate $2,000 to Meals on Wheels at Dubbo who will forward this money on to the Rural Fire Service in their area to give much needed assistance to those out West.

The Rural Fire Service do an amazing job and we appreciate all that they do. We are so glad that we could help in some small way to assist this hard working organisation.

Thanks to our subsidiary company One Direct Advisory for making these donations possible.

Peter English, Service Manager, Meals on Wheels Dubbo, with Superintent Lyndon Wieland, Orana RFS Centre Manager


Ron Thomsen, Chair, Meals on Wheels Central Coast with Peter English, Service Manager, Meals on Wheels Dubbo





Volunteer Christmas Celebrations

Our annual Volunteer Christmas Party was held on Wednesday 11 December this year at Mingara Recreation Club, and a great time was had by all.

We celebrated all of our volunteers and presented 2 new Life Memberships along with Service Awards for those who have volunteered with us for 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years.

Santa and his elves stopped by for a visit and helped out with the raffles, and helped ensure that the Christmas spirit was alive and well at Meals on Wheels Central Coast.

Thank you to all of our volunteers, and we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.








Food for Firies

We love being able to support our community, and this morning we dropped off some meals to the Gosford RFS Catering Unit at Kariong. We appreciate all that you do, and are so glad that we could help in some small way to make catering to the amazing RFS team a little easier.

Thanks Captain Gail, Liz, Christine and Lyn for showing us around. We especially loved meeting ‘Dotti’, your converted Arnotts catering truck!

RFS members Captain Gail Simpson, Christine, Liz and Lyn, with Dave and Dennis Taylor, MOWCC CEO




The lovely RFS catering ladies with Pip, MOWCC Marketing Manager, and Dotti, the Catering truck


Dotti, the beloved catering truck

Dave and Dennis in Dotti, the valued catering truck









Collegial Associations Strengthen Community Relationships

Collegial partnerships are alive and well on the Central Coast, with supportive relationships being formed between three companies – One Direct Advisory, Kariong Neighbourhood Centre and Meals on Wheels Central Coast.  One Direct Advisory has worked with the management teams in both companies to help improve the management systems and strategic direction.

Working as part of the Kariong Neighbourhood Centre team, One Direct Advisory used their skill and expertise in a range of areas, resulting in a significant financial and operational turnaround for the community based association.

Shayne Silvers, General Manager of Kariong Neighbourhood Centre, welcomed the guidance of the specialised advisory team.

“Working as part of our team, One Direct Advisory supported our Centre in both financial and operational areas resulting in a positive change,” she said.

“We are grateful for the collegial partnerships we have formed with both One Direct Advisory and Meals on Wheels Central Coast.

“It’s encouraging to see businesses working together for the greater good of the community on the Central Coast. “ Ms Silvers said.

For more information on One Direct Advisory, please contact Ron Thomsen at info@onedirectadvisory.com.au 

Community Friends Supporting a Great Cause

Meals on Wheels Central Coast are proud to assist Bungree Aboriginal Association’s fundraising for the McGrath Foundation.

Pictured here are team members Aaron, Leesa, Pip and CEO Dennis Taylor, sporting some of the merchandise.

If you’d like to look as stylish as our team members and raise money for a great cause, contact the Bungree office where merchandise is still available. For further enquiries contact Suzanne.Naden@bungree.org.au or call 4350 0100.

Meals on Wheels Central Coast team members, Aaron, Leesa, Pip and CEO Dennis Taylor





Recruiting General Board Member

We are currently looking to recruit a new Director to our Board of Governance.

Role: General Board Member
Area of Expertise Being Sought: Business, Change Management, Consulting, Strategy & Development, Ethics, Information & Communication Technology, Governance Experience
Payment: Nil – honorary role

After conducting a Board skills audit, Meals on Wheels Central Coast is seeking an experienced general Board Director to add to the existing Board complement of 6 Directors. Board succession planning indicates that a retirement, under our Constitution, will occur next year and we seek to meet this event by recruiting now.

We have recently completed an annual edition to our Strategic Plan, which will require a person who can embrace change, assist in our expansion plans, and has General business experience to monitor the increasingly diverse activities of MOWCC. In acknowledging the responsibilities of a Board Director, and with Governance as the main emphasis of the role, a person with past Board experience and Board Governance Training will be highly regarded.

Annual Budget: more than $1,500,000
Number of Paid Staff: 11 – 20
Number of Volunteers: more than 200
Community Segment: Human Services, Community & Economic Development, Health

Current Board Size: 4-7
Board Meetings (frequency): Monthly
Board Meetings Held: During Day
State where Board Meetings Held: New South Wales
Local Government Area: Central Coast Council

Further information about this vacancy:

Meals on Wheels Central Coast Limited (MOWCC) is the largest Meals on Wheels Service in New South Wales with over 700 aged, frail and disabled clients receiving deliveries of frozen meals. Additional clients regularly attend our five weekly Community Restaurants for a nutritious meal and socialisation.

We receive funding from the Department of Health, and clients are referred to us through  My Aged Care.

To assist with our funding needs, and to defray our reliance on Government Funding, MOWCC has established a number Of For Profit Activities Of :

• Coast Cuisine. A premium frozen food brand.
• Furry Friends. Our pet food range.
• NDIS Meals. Frozen meals to the disabled community.
• Combined Home Services. Our gardening, cleaning and in home services.
• One Direct Advisory. Providing Advisory services to small to medium Not for Profit and Corporate organisations.

All enquiries to:

Dennis Taylor  CEO –  0439 690 416