Who Are We?

The Deans Marsh Cottage is an important vehicle that creates community development opportunities that have a positive impact on the town, its people and local services and groups.

We aim to bring together people of all ages and backgrounds to engage in activities and programs.

The Cottage is auspice to a range of local groups and events and works in partnership with local community groups and organisations.

the Cottage Team


Access Tech aims to assist Micro Business development in our Deans Marsh and Otway community by providing access to a range of technologies, information and tips.
Thank you Otway Chai and Tahli Dobbin for this interview.

ACCESS TECH | Please take our short Survey

If you run a Micro Business, are thinking of starting one, or have ideas about hobbies that could be turned into a Micro Business, then The Deans Marsh Cottage would love you to get involved with our new program and take this short Survey!

Our new program Access Tech aims to assist Micro Business development in our community by providing access to a range of technologies, information and tips.

This technology may be in the form of access to equipment like computers, photocopiers and various apps, or it may be access to assistance in developing your Micro Business’ on-line presence, and the skills to maintain it.

We are exploring establishing a co-working space in Deans Marsh but at this stage all Access Tech activity will commence on-line.

We will be offering  a series of Workshops, and ‘One on One’ on-line tutorial sessions (weekly/fortnightly/monthly sessions will be available), around specific things that potential or existing local Micro Business operators might want to learn about.

These workshops and tutorial sessions will focus on topics informed by your Survey feedback.

Micro Business – Definition:

ABS define Micro Business as non-employing, sole traders and businesses employing 1 – 4 people.

ATO define Micro Business as having less than $2m in annual turnover.

We will also be doing a series of interviews with local micro business operators to share their stories, tips and insights.

Let us know if you would like to share your story!

ISO - Community Photograph Collage | UPDATE


We have had a fantastic response to the ISO Community Photograph Collage. Thank you to everybody who has sent in photos of their time in isolation, and for contributing to the record of this time in the life of our community.

Now that restrictions around the COVID 19 virus are beginning to ease, we would love to know what your ‘new normal’ is starting to look like.

Please continue to send us your photo’s, it would be great to share, and document, our individual reflections coming out of the pandemic. Feel free to add a caption if you want to!

Please send photos via Message to the Deans Marsh Cottage Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/deansmarshcottage/ or email your photos to cottage@deansmarsh.org.au

Your photos will continue being uploaded to our Facebook page and the Deans Marsh Community Cottage ISO Photos webpage https://deansmarsh.org.au/directory-2/

We will create an online Community Collage of your contributions, and feature lSO at the great community party we shall have once we can gather again.

There will be a range of people’s choice surprise prizes awarded for 12 years and under, 13 to 18 years and Open Age.  The prizes will be purchased from a local artist and may be an item or a workshop experience.

We look forward to your contribution to the ISO Community Collage and supporting our local arts community.

Deans Marsh & District Community Action Plan

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the MADCAP process, provided feedback on the drafts and helped finalise this stage of the process – we look forward to working with you to Make It Happen!

We shall gather again as a community to take the next steps as soon as we can! Please email the Cottage for a copy of the Deans Marsh and District Community Action Plan or Summary Document! cottage@deansmarsh.org.au

Thanks Lisa

Deans Marsh Grow Free Pantry

How it works…

If you would like to participate, please see photo attached for instructions.

Then head down to the Deans Marsh Community Cottage to deliver your gifts.

In assisting us all to avoid Corona Virus PLEASE:  Wash all vegetables before placing them in the Pantry.  While being at the Pantry please practice social distancing with other community members.  Please only touch the produce you plan to take home.

If we take these into consideration during these times, this initiative will be a beautiful success!

Lots of Love, The Grow Make Gather Team

This Project is supported by the Deans Marsh Community Cottage

Deans Marsh Cottage | Little Free Pantry

On the Hall Verandah

Leave what you can, take what you need.

You do not have to leave something to take something.

Everyone is invited to place or take goods from inside the pantry.

Little Free Pantry Health and Safety Rules have been put in place to ensure everyone is as safe as possible.

These are on the pantry door.

Thanks!  Please call 0456 086 786 for further information.

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