Catch up on our latest local news in The Croaker, check out our upcoming Events, Workshops and regular Activities.


The Go-Between: William Murrungurk Buckley

Saturday 22nd February, 8pm

Dean’s Marsh Community Hall

The story of the white man who went black and came back.

Written & performed by Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky

Dramaturgh: Paul Hampton & Director: Sue Ingleton.

Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky performs the amazing story of escaped convict William Buckley (1780 – 1856).

La Mama - Ladies of the Bay

Friday 20th March at 7pm

Deans Marsh Hall

Opening Night of the Deans Marsh Festival

A funny, vivacious, new show inspired by real stories from Aussie summer days where friends reminisce about the simpler times.

Ladies of the Bay returns after a sold out season in 2019.

Nat, Tracy, Fiona and Naomi have grown up together in the Bay. They have gone through many life changes, but their enduring friendship carries on with their summer tradition – camping at the caravan park. Here, they gossip, tell it like it is and reveal secrets all over a cheeky glass at happy hour. But when tragedy strikes their town will these childhood friends be there for one another?

Ladies of the Bay will take you laughing and crying back to your own summers. Sometimes all we have are the memories.

Deans Marsh Festival 2020

Experience Our Hinterland all Weekend

Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd March 2020

Come and celebrate the rich and diverse hinterland community of artists, crafts people, local producers and musicians at the annual Deans Marsh Festival.

Grow Make Gather – Deans Marsh Festival

 Sunday 22nd March

 Grow Make Gather is a local project facilitating educational workshops and community events focused on sustainability, growing and preparing nourishing food.  Inspiration for this project has come from a passion to gather community around local food, DIY skills and resilience.

 Come down to the Grow Make Gather space and see what they are up to!

Beginners Composting 101 Workshop

Saturday 21st March, 10am – 12pm Deans Marsh Community Cottage

Come and join us to learn some basic skills on composting. This will be a hands on workshop where we will explore worm farming and various composting methods.

Prepare to get your hands dirty!

Introduction to Sauerkraut and Fermented Vegetables

Saturday 21st March, 2pm – 4pm Deans Marsh Community Cottage

Come and joins us to learn how to make sauerkraut and lacto fermented vegetables. A simple way to improve your gut health and preserve your excess veggies!


Community members  are welcome call into The Cottage to collect items, to create a GO BAG for this fire season.



The Cottage is now offering a quality printing and copying service to members of the community, Thursdays and Fridays between 10am and 1pm (alternate times may be available on request).
Cost per copy:
A4 Black and White 0.05c
A4 Colour 0.10c
A3 Black and White 0.10c
A3 Colour 0.15c



from Source to Sea”

By Jennifer Morrow and Peter Greig, design by Gillian Brew.

You can purchase the book from The Store Deans Marsh or contact Jennifer on 0407 555 056.  This beautiful book featuring stunning photography is $30, with all proceeds going to restore the health of the Barwon River.


We are delighted to be your local outlet for the NEW Otway Life Almanac 2020 – contact us to get your copy of this fabulous publication.

Lots of news, information and great stories all for $10


If you would like to assist the activities of the Deans Marsh Rural Australians for Refugees Group please register your interest at The Cottage.

Rural Australians for Refugees


Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters

Our Regular Activities

The Croaker

The Croaker is the Deans Marsh Community Newsletter.

Keep up to date with community events, local news, informative stories, fun facts and local businesses activity in Deans Marsh, Pennyroyal, Bambra, and surrounding areas.

Deans Marsh Festival 2020

Come and celebrate the rich and diverse hinterland community of artists, crafts people, local producers and musicians at the annual Deans Marsh Festival.

Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22n March 2020

Maternal and Child Health Services in Deans Marsh

The Surf Coast Maternal and Child Health Service is a free, confidential service providing child health and developmental checks, information, advice and support to families with young children from birth until 6 years of age. They aim to offer a friendly, child-centred, accessible service that promotes health and wellness for children and their families.

For enquiries please call 52 610 549

Deans Marsh R.A.R.

If you would like to assist the activities of the Deans Marsh Rural Australians for Refugees group, please register your interest at The Cottage.

Youth Group

The Deans Marsh Youth Group meets throughout the year to have movie nights, go on excursions and activities and is a great contributor at our local events.

Deans Marsh Dog Trials

A competition where a dog and their handler move sheep through a set of obstacles within a time limit.  A fantastic display of the natural instinct of working dogs, and the skill of their handlers to hone those instincts to a fine art.

Tai Chi

Yang style Tai Chi, Tai Chi Fan and Qi Kung are being taught at Deans Marsh Community Hall on Saturday mornings at 9.15am by Seona Gunn.

Seona has been studying and practicing Tai Chi and Qi Kung for over 35 years.

Table Tennis

Tuesday Evenings from 7.30pm

Deans Marsh Community Hall

ALL WELCOME  *Gold Coin Donation

“One of the better-kept secrets of Deans Marsh is that every Tuesday night at 7.30pm, a few folk gather at the Community Hall to play table tennis.  Some of those who DO know about it refer to it as The Ping Pong Club.”

Marsh Fit

Monday and Fridays at 9am at the Deans Marsh Recreation Reserve

Marsh Fit is a free community fitness incentive.  It is for all ages and both guys and girls.  A two year old and a sixty two year old regularly come to the group!  Mum’s with kids are welcome but it is not just for Mums.  Research shows that people who regularly exercise in a group are more likely to stick at it.

Deans Marsh Markets

Library Truck

If you didn’t already know, the library truck visits Deans Marsh on Friday mornings from around 10.30 till 12 just outside the school. They have a great on-board selection of books and DVDs and can order you whatever you like from the Geelong Regional Library Collection.
Why not drop in and say g’day to George.

MADCAP – Marsh And District Community Action Plan

The Deans Marsh and District Community Action Plan

The Deans Marsh Cottage has been successful in gaining funding for our community to create a community generated action plan.

We are delighted to confirm that Peter Kenyon from The Bank of Ideas has been appointed to work with us over the next few months to facilitate the development of the plan. In 2019 Peter was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his international and national community development initiatives.

There will be a range of opportunities and activities both formal and informal for you to be involved. Regular updates will feature on the Deans Marsh Community Cottage website, Cottage Facebook page, The Cottage fortnightly email update and printed information.

We are trained to ask:
“What’s wrong and how we fix it?”
Instead start by asking:
“What works, what have we got, what’s possible and who cares”
Peter Kenyon

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