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Meet the team at Steptoes

A mixture of the Ballan Lioness Club members and Ballan and District Community House Board and Staff were on hand with the owner of the premises to celebrate the formal signing of the lease for Steptoes Op Shop by the BDCH Board.


Lionesses hand on the baton

Lionesses hand on the baton

After fourteen years of running Steptoes Op Shop the Ballan Lioness Club is handing over the baton to the Ballan and District Community build on their good work for the community.

Lioness club members Celia Meekings (left) and Dorothy Shaw (right) pass the ceremonial baton to BDCH Board President, Norma Jarvis (middle) who is delighted to receive the undertaking on behalf of the Board of the Ballan and District Community House..


BDCH – 2021 AGM

The Board of the Ballan & District Community House & Adult Education Centre Inc. advises its current Members that the


Annual General Meeting 2021

Will be held at

1:00pm on Monday 24th May

At Ballan Mechanics Institute, Supper Room, 143 Inglis St, Ballan 3342. And for those who cannot attend in person ; an online Zoom meeting link can be obtained by emailing

Guest Speaker – Cr Ally Munari

A Vision for the Community

 The AGM will address

  • Normal BDCH business according to the Association’s Rules
  • Election of Board members. (Please note: Nominations for Board positions should be submitted to BDCH Office by 11am Fri 21 May

Afternoon Tea Provided

RSVP: by Tuesday 12noon 18th May – 5368 1934 or

For help or information please contact the staff at the Community House at the above contacts

Opera returns to Ballan

The Savoy Opera Company

will present

Orpheus in the Underworld

Saturday 26th June at 2pm

at the Ballan Mechanics Institute, 143 Inglis Street, Ballan (with Piano)

A Comic Operetta in three acts. From the original music by Jacques Offenbach and words by Hector Crémieux and Ludovic Halévy

For bookings:

Arts and Culture Strategy in motion.

A public forum held on 10th March in the Mechanics’ Hall in March was a great opportunity for those attending to engage with the process of developing an Arts and Culture Strategy for the region.
The numerous contributions provided on the night will go some way in aiding the development of the Arts and Culture Strategy and shaping how Council will invest in making Moorabool a vibrant and creative place to live.

Thankyou to Bec Carey-Grieve, Arts and Creative Events officer for the Moorabool Shire, in facilitating this opportunity


Xmas Hampers + Thank You Everyone

Ballan and District Community House has been working with CASI, the Moorabool Shire’s Community Activation and Social Isolation initiative, that was funded by the Victorian Government for COVID-19 Community support.

We had high hopes to receive a grant, applied for by CASI, to start food support from the Ballan Community House and other social initiatives. Unfortunately, due to the enormous number of funding applications, the CASI application was not successful, but there are other plans afoot to ensure our community is supported through our volunteers and their organisations, Heart of Ballan (HoB) is a vital part of this project.

CASI pooled its resources to support The Neighbour’s Place in Bacchus Marsh with Christmas Hamper preparations and delivery for the Moorabool Shire. Ballan Community House put its hand, ‘and paw’ up, to deliver hampers in Ballan and surrounds.

The Ballan Community House received a very crucial $5,000 grant from the Bendigo Bank – Ballan & District Community Bank Branch’s Community Grant, to increase the capacity of our Commercial Kitchen to prepare and serve the planned weekly community meals to those in our area who have been isolated over many months of this year, due to the COVID lockdown.

HOB (Heart of Ballan) plans to start these luncheons early next year, (COVID permitting) at the Mechanics’ Institute, with a team of volunteers with specialist expertise.