Find your niche within our vibrant community.
Here you will find a wealth of knowledge on some of the committees, clubs or groups in our community and how you can connect with them.
Maitland is a sporting community with a strong sporting culture. There are a wide range of sporting groups covering the traditional to the more obscure. Arguably, Maitland is best known for its rugby league team the ‘Pumpkin Pickers’, with a healthy contingent of supporters all donning the black and white to cheer them on. If you can’t find your sport or a club with a quick google search then email [email protected] for further assistance.
Maitland has many sporting fields and facilities that are suitable for all types of sport and recreation activities.
There are many clubs and groups in Maitland that you can join and be in the company of other people with similar interests. Here are just a few of the groups available.
- Lions Club of Maitland
- Rotary Club of Maitland
- East Maitland Rotary Club
- Rutherford Telarah Rotary Club
- Apex Australia
- Australian Red Cross
- Kiwanis East Maitland
- Country Women’s Association NSW
- View Clubs of Australia
- Maitland Region Society of Artists
A small but active group of local artists, working together to create, promote and exhibit art within the community.
- Men's Sheds
Community based organisations established to improve men’s health and well being by providing a safe and friendly environment where men are able to work on meaningful projects in the company of other men.
Maitland’s Walka Walkers
Supported by the Heart Foundation, these regular morning walks are held every Tuesday and Wednesday at Walka Water Works starting from 9.30am. Register online.
A free weekly 5km event for runners of all standards, which takes place every Saturday at 8.00am at Walka Water Works. It is not a race against other runners, but a 5km timed run and it can really be whatever you want it to be, whether that's for fun or as part of a training plan.
Maitland Patchwork Quilters, Inc.
Bringing quilters together to promote the art of patchwork and quilting. They meet on the first (social night) and third (business meeting) Wednesdays of the month at the Largs School of Arts Hall, commencing 7.15pm.
- Maitland Black and White Committee
Maitland B&W meet once a month, to organise fundraising activities, to help support the work of Vision Australia (formerly known as the Royal Blind Society) providing assistance for vision impaired people, particularly in the Hunter Region. The largest annual fundraiser for the Maitland Black and White Society is the Maitland Garden Ramble.
Maitland and district garden club
Organise bus trips to other garden clubs, assists at the Maitland Show, Tomago House, and Camellia Show as well as joining in Garden Club of Australia activities locally.
Maitland Off road Radio Car Club (MORCC)
The off road racing track is located in High Street Maitland, just over the railway bridge from the Visitor Information Centre. Further information about the club and membership can be found on their website.
The Hunter Valley Gemmology Club
The Gemmology Club provides workshop facilities, organised field trips and social functions. Located at 1 Maize Street, East Maitand. Further information about the club and membership can be found on their website.
Maitland has a lively theatre community. Whether you choose to tread the boards or work behind the scenes there is a role for everyone to play in local theatre. You can also support these groups by attending their shows, with tickets on sale for most performances at the Maitland Visitor Information Centre
Maitland Repertory Theatre
Reamus Youth Group amateur theatre group
Gilbert and Sullivan Musical Society Inc.
Like the majority of Australian cities, Maitland has a culturally diverse resident base. The Hunter region has many opportunities for people to practice their chosen faith. Maitland also has many independent and community churches.
Anglican Diocese of Newcastle
Islamic Council of NSW
Baha’i Office (National)
Baptist Churches of NSW & ACT
Newcastle Hebrew Congregation
Buddhist Council of NSW
Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle
Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Sikh Council of Australia Inc.
Hindu Council of Australia
If you're looking for a musical outlet, Maitland has all the bells and whistles.
The city boasts a city pipes and drums band as well as a city brass band.
The University of Newcastle conservatorium has a campus at Maitland Gaol offering instrumental lessons for all ages and levels of experience.
- Newcastle University Conservatorium
Maitland is a city steeped in history and there are many people dedicated to investigating particular aspects of the region’s heritage. These groups are always open to new members:
Young people are encouraged to get involved in the Maitland community, from youth representation on local committees to volunteering. Your local school is a great resource for connecting kids with groups in the community, but here are just a few examples.
Reamus Youth Group amateur theatre group
Maitland Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC)
308 (City of Maitland) Squadron of The Australian Air Force Cadets
Religious Youth Groups
Many local religious groups provide youth activities. Check out the Follow Your Faith section to get in touch with a local religious group.
Maitland has a vibrant multicultural community with 11.92% of our residents indicating in the 2018 census they were born outside of Australia. We have seen the biggest growth since 2011, in our Zimbabwe population.
Each October, the city celebrates with its multicultural community through the Riverlights Multicultural Festival. Held in Central Maitland, the many cultural groups within our community come together to celebrate and showcase their diversity.
Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council
Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC) is a social, health and learning hub for Maitland’s Aboriginal community, providing a wide range of services across housing, training, employment, health, learning and wellbeing. Located in Metford, the centre has an onsite preschool, health clinic, education centre, gymnasium and counselling service.