Kallista Village celebrates first birthday

Celebrate one year of the Kallista Village township group. Picture: ON FILE

A year ago a new township group was formed, Kallista Village Inc, to be a voice for those who live, work and play in Kallista and the neighbouring communities of The Patch and Sherbrooke.

On Wednesday 17 April, Kallista Village is holding a General Meeting at the Kallista Mechanics Hall to celebrate its first year, reflect on its accomplishments and look to the future. This will be a catered affair, open to the public. Locals are welcome to come along, bring a buddy and learn more!

The township group has been driven along by a dedicated committee and a core group of local volunteers and is keen to grow, seeking to be a diverse and inclusive community group. New members welcome!

Successful projects so far have been:

Kallista Revival – a village-wide event held last October that saw the return of the Kallista Market, Kallista – The Patch CFA open day and a hugely successful Kallista Primary School fete

Kallista Village Market – this historic and unique community market is back and held 1st Saturday of each month. Beautiful local handmade and homegrown products and a great vibe. There is awesome live music at every market thanks to funding from the Yarra Ranges Council Grants for Community program.

Environmental working bees are held on the 3rd Sunday of every month – a partnership with Friends of Sherbrooke Forest to restore a wedge of neglected land – the Kallista Bushland Reserve.

Kallista Emergency Group (KEG) – formed together with Kallista-The Patch CFA, Parks Victoria, and Yarra Ranges Council with a mission to develop a grassroots Community Emergency Management Plan .

On that note, KEG is holding two workshops in Community Emergency Management Planning – facilitated by The 6 C’s – emergency management specialists. Held at the Kallista Mechanics Hall on Sunday 28 April and 26 May from 1-5pm, these are an opportunity for the community to develop a plan that can be deployed and actioned in the event of a natural or other disaster impacting the area. Book your spot now.

The potential of a township group is being felt, a buzz is in the air and collectively we are looking ahead to April 2025 when Kallista will celebrate its Centennial, 100 years since it changed from South Sassafras to Kallista!

For more info see flyers, facebook and for any enquiries email kallistavillage@gmail.com or visit www.kallistavillage.com