Redesdale Yoga is back for 2023!

Come and join Tania, our local yoga teacher, on Wednesdays or Saturdays to discover the many physical and mental benefits of yoga.

No prior experience or minimum fitness is required. Just bring a mat, hand towel, water and wear comfortable clothes.

Where: Redesdale reserve Community Pavillion


  • Wednesdays 5:30 – 6:30pm, or
  • Saturdays 9:00 – 10:30am

For space availability and prices contact

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New Redesdale Parents & Carers group

Are you a parent or carer in the Redesdale area? Join the new Redesdale Parents & Carers group, get to know other families in the community and promote kid friendly resources in Redesdale.

We know there are kids of all ages within Redesdale and surrounding areas, but it can be hard to find a place to connect. The Redesdale Parents & Carers group has been set up to forge conversations about making Redesdale a more kid and teen friendly environment. It can also be a place to share resources, create play dates and get to know more families in the area.

Click here to join the Redesdale Parents & Carers group.





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Landcare community working bee – we need your help!

As many would be aware Philip Don for a long time has carried out mowing along the Kyneton-Heathcote Road at his expense and after all the cost of breakages due to rocks encountered Philip continues to carry out this task.

ln January of 2020, we experienced a grassfire that emanated from the long grass beside Lyell road caused by sparks from the exposed rim of a blown trailer tyre wheel. This fire threatened homes and livestock within 2km of Redesdale, and took many appliances and people to bring it under control. This event happened in this mid afternoon and the community including fire fighters and local residents came out to do battle with that fire.

The Heathcote-Kyneton Rd to Redesdale and Lyell Rd are now designated Over Dimension Transport routes, and large vehicles are on the road almost constantly increasing the likelihood of mishap. One way of diminishing the potential of mishap that we can control is reducing the fuel load along the verges of the main roads.

Landcare are proposing a combined working group of RaDA, Redesdale RFB and CVLG lnc. to investigate what the we can do, and how we can achieve it as a combined community activity. This will also include a request to Barfold Quarries to assist in removing rocks that have prevented and hindered roadside maintenance.

For full detail on activity proposed click here.

To get involved and be a part of upcoming working bees please contact Lin Newton at




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Practical Regenerative Agricultural Communities project

The Healthy Landscapes project

As part of the Healthy Landscapes: Practical Regenerative Agricultural Communities project a series of webinars and field days are scheduled so participants can hear the experiences first-hand of local farmers in our region:

  • Aaron Demeo – a third generation mixed farmer from Raywood
  • Paul Righetti – a fourth generation custodian of a farm in Yandoit
  • Darren Cater – a low input farmer from Monegeetta

The project has been developed to raise awareness in the community about sustainable land management practices that improve soil health, reduce exposure to climate risk, enhance biodiversity and increase on-farm productivity.  This program is being delivered as a partnership between Macedon Ranges Shire Council, Hepburn Shire Council, the City of Greater Bendigo, A Healthy Coliban Catchment project (North Central Catchment Management Authority and Coliban Water), Melbourne Water and the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network.

More information and links to book in for the webinars and register your attendance to the Field Days can be found below:


Field Days


Kind regards,


Sally Beer

Agribusiness Support Officer

PO Box 733, Bendigo, VIC 3552
03 5454 9549


The City of Greater Bendigo is on Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung Country.




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Imagine Greater Bendigo Stage 3


Nine months ago, our Imagine Greater Bendigo project started by asking you all what you value most about living in Greater Bendigo now and what would make it better in 30 years from now. We also asked what you value most across seven key themes and invited a group of residents to come together for a weekend of brainstorming.

Well, with all your feedback we have developed the following plans and they’re ready for you to read:

  • Council Plan 2021 – 2025
  • Public Health and Wellbeing Plan
  • 10-year Financial Plan

Did we get it right? Did we hear you? Have your say via Let’s Talk Greater Bendigo  by Monday September 6.

Kind regards,

Imagine Greater Bendigo team

The City of Greater Bendigo is on Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung Country.


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Become a “Friend of Stone Reserve”

As you may have heard, there are plans to develop a “Stone Reserve Heritage Walk” from Redesdale, through Stone Reserve and to a look out point over the Campaspe and the Redesdale Bridge. The area has been surveyed and by the end of July a site plan and a clean –up of the reserve will have been completed.

We are looking to invite interested people to register their interest in the project and become a “Friend of Stone Reserve” (FOSR). There is no fee involved in registering your interest and becoming a friend. If you become a friend, you may want to give your time or expertise to the project – or you may want to volunteer on planting or clean-up days. It would be a great way of getting to know your local neighbours.

If you would like more information about the project, please have a look at the Stone Reserve Strategic Plan under Stone Reserve on this website.

To register your interest, please email us at:        or ring or text to 0407 116 899


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Gilbruk Place – A Dementia Village Planned For Heathcote

A dementia village planned for Heathcote

Access to better health care has long been a regular ‘call-out’ in our Redesdale community engagement forums. I know from personal experience, as a I am sure many of you can relate, how frustrating, challenging and sometimes disappointing the search for appropriate and accessible services and local facilities are for our loved ones living with dementia.


  1. Dementia is currently the single greatest disability in older people (65+ years).
  2. It is now the 2nd leading cause of death: 5.4% of all males and 10.6% of all females.
  3. In 2020, around 450,000 Australians were living with dementia. It is estimated that 25,000 suffer from ‘younger onset’ dementia.

Dementia does not discriminate.

Recently we offered our community the opportunity to hear about a world first heath care initiative: a bush inspired dementia village in Heathcote. Sherrie Coote from Advance Heathcote Incorporated shared with us the story of “Gilbruk Place”:  which means ‘place of respect’ in the language of the land’s traditional owners, the Taungurung people.

Gilbruk Place’s vision is to build a 150 bed facility, addressing the needs of dementia sufferers with assisted living through to palliative care for people living within a 1.5 hour drive of Heathcote. No more long corridors of sterile patient rooms.  Gilbruk Place envisages its residents living in ‘small houses’ of 10 with communal living areas and access to open space that allows residents continue purposeful daily living. It is hoped that a clinical research and education hub will also be realised to ensure this facility contributes to and leverages best practice research to improve dementia care. Another difference will be the relationship of the village to the community:  the vision is that residents, their friends and family will venture out into the township and enjoy local amenities. Gilbruk Place will also include a small supermarket, hairdresser, a café and library, veggie gardens, recreation areas, a lake and a farm nursery.

A 17-acre parcel of land adjacent to Heathcote Health has been earmarked for the project. There’s a long way to go yet, but Heathcote Dementia Alliance is working on plans for a dementia friendly display home to showcase innovations to support people with dementia remaining in their own homes. Advance Heathcote Inc Working Group are in discussion with a short list of aged care providers and financial backers to make Gilbruk Place become a reality.

Those Redesdalians that did attend were treated to floor plans, site maps and the opportunity to share their ideas and thoughts for how to improve this plan and discuss the potential additional growth it will bring to our region.

A big “thank you” to Sherrie for giving up her Tuesday afternoon – we all came away impressed and excited about the possibilities. Thanks also to RRRC for, on short notice, allowing us to use the newly available Pavilion.

If you want to know more about this project:


Check this Video Presentation

Heathcote Dementia Alliance:


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Redesdale Art Festival 2021

We are very pleased and excited to announce the Redesdale Art Festival is back for 2021!

With the support of the Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal, and a donation from the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund, RaDA will be busy preparing an art exhibition to showcase a diverse range of artworks.

Keep an eye out for more details in future Bridge Connection issues and on this website.


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