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


International Women’s Day Morning Tea
Tuesday 9th March 2021

The Deans Marsh Market
Sunday 28 March 2021

The Deans Marsh Mini Fest
26-28 March 2021

Deans Marsh Reserve
10 Pennyroyal Valley Rd, Deans Marsh

Come along for a bit of fun!

A weekend of smaller COVID-Safe events full of variety

Come and experience what makes our community unique and enjoy our part of the hinterland and the amazing things our locals are creating, growing and making.

ISO - Community Photograph Collage - The Winners Announced


 Tim Lucas is an award winning photographer, with a passion for exploring the magical Otway Ranges and beyond to the Great Ocean Road. During the COVID period he has been busy creating a new printing and framing studio, with dedicated photography training space, on his farm located in Barongarook. Tim’s work can be seen on his web site: www.timlucasphotography.com.au and soon to be launched dedicated printing page.


1st Place

The winning image is Min’s photo. This represents social distancing, but with the friends and horses. A mostly rural experience that our city cousins may never experience.

2nd Place

Goes to Judy. Making some preserves and sauces, saving the seasonal harvest, ready to go with the fine evening feast.

3rd Place

Goes to Bruce, the quintessential rural pleasure of a fire put under the stars. The rural spirit is carrying through here with the socially responsible rural folk keeping up the lifestyle in a safe and responsible manner.

Teenage 1st Place

The winning image goes to Bella. The large yard with plenty of space to play, and trampoline to jump on. Hours of fun to be had.

Primary 1st Place

Wining image is Maggie, with the dog keeping an eye on the fire and the seating that once upon a time, would have had people enjoying a catch up by the warmth of the fire.

Primary 2nd Place

Goes to Benji – 2. It was a close call here, if the image was taken with the bird on the very right of the photo, then as the viewer I would be looking along the eye line of the bird – wondering what it was intently focussing on.

PEOPLES CHOICE – Have your say!

We’d love your involvement, please have a look at the Deans Marsh Cottage ISO Photos webpage,

and let us know who you think should win the Peoples Choice prize.

The Peoples Choice winner will receive their winning image as an enlarged print on canvas.

 Please contact The Cottage via email: cottage@deansmarsh.org.au

Or text message Lisa: 0456 086 786 with your Peoples Choice vote.

 We look forward to your feedback!

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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