Special Interest Groups

Buchan Arts Council

Arts program and live shows.   Promotes all types of arts activities.

Contact Evelyn Schmidt51 559 216


Buchan South Avenue of Honour

Remembering the ultimate sacrifice made by our soldiers in all the wars. Anzac Day and Remembrance Day Ceremonies held each year.  The Avenue of Honour consists of two rows of English oaks planted in 1920.  Available for weddings.

Contact Evelyn Schmidt Secretary  51 559 216



Buchan Business and Tourist Association

Dedicated increasing tourist visitation to our area and thus assisting local businesses.

Contact Evelyn Schmidt 51 550 220


Buchan Cemetery Trust

The cemetery is run by trust members and the Department of Health.  The trust keeps the grounds clean and tidy.  Working bee every 2 months.  Meeting are held when needed.

                                                                                                         Contact Robert Carney 51 559 422



Craft Group

Meet Wednesdays at the Neighbourhood House.  Bring your own projects and enjoy the company.

Contact Evelyn or Tracey 51 559 216


Food, Fun and Friendship

Just as the name implies. Enjoy a two course meal with others in a fun atmosphere. Everyone welcome.  See Buchan Bush Nursing Newsletter for dates and venue



Friends of the Buchan Cemetery

Regular working bees are held over the year to keep the cemetery looking tidy and weed free.  Working bees and fundraising events.

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Friends of Buchan Caves Inc.

The friends work inside and outside the caves to improve the Reserve for ourselves and visitors.  Friends of reserves who assist in improving facilities and features for visitors.  We work inside and outside the caves.  Activities include the re lighting of Federal Cave, new walking tracks, cleaning in caves and brochures.  This can be a great opportunity to spend time in our caves with speleologists (cave experts) and learn more about them and explore off the tourist pathways.

Contact Darryl Carr



Best contact 94571720

Kim Van Dyk 51 559 458



Friends of the Cobberas

We are a group of volunteers from all walks of life, who are interested in the conservation of the Cobberas and adjacent areas of the Alpine National Park. www.friendscobberas.com.au

Provide support to the management of the Alpine National Park

Assist the Rangers with special projects and activities in the Park

Foster public awareness of the Park and its’ associated issues

Bring together people with a mutual interest in the Alpine National Park

The Friends of the Cobberas is under the umbrella of the Victorian National Parks Association and is supported by Parks Victoria.

What do we do?

  • Environmental monitoring and surveys
  • Group camp outs and walks
  • Pest plant and animal control
  • Walking track maintenance
  • Removing old wire fences and posts

Contact c/- Parks Victoria, Omeo  (03) 5159 0600



Community Garden

Located behind the Neighbourhood House and at the Uniting Church is our community garden. Anyone is welcome to join in.

Contact Evelyn Schmidt 51559216



Buchan Heritage Group

Raising funds and holding working bees to restore many of Buchan’s old buildings and gather records.  Also owners of the Buchan Butter Factory.  This group work to collect and retain the history of the area and are working on the restoration of the butter factory which will be used and is used for displays and to store memorabilia.  Meetings are held 2nd Tuesday of each month.

Contact Judy Gray 51 559 315


Gelantipy Historical Association

Restoring old buildings and relocating old graves are just a few of the many things this group does.

Contact Nigel Hodge 51 550 261



Landcare groups work together to improve the land with better management techniques and increased purchasing power to lower costs.  Buchan and Gelantipy both have groups.

Buchan Contact  Jamie Houghton    51 559 312


Living Library

For firsthand knowledge on anything in this area contact the library for local expert help.  Leona helps others who live away to contact relatives here or find their ancestors, old properties, old stories.  Leona only deals with the history of this district and in finding friends and family.  Leona researches old graves, births and deaths, the cemetery inhabitants using the phone, letters and a network of 226 past contacts who exchanged history and send photos back to the Living Library.  This is Leona’s personal project.  “Anyway l can help you to settle in this beautiful valley l will do my best to answer your query or give away help regarding local information”

Contact Leona Lavell 51 559 395

93 Main St, Buchan


Music Group

An informal group of all ages who meet occasionally to enjoy singing with others.  PA equipment for hire.

Contact Evelyn Schmidt 51 559 229



Scrapbooking and Card making

See Bush Nursing newsletter for dates.  Learn skills, do your own thing, or organised projects

Contact Anne Brewer 51 559 222


Victorian Farmers Federation

The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) is the largest state farmer organisation in Australia, representing over 10,000 members who live and work on more than 6,000 farm businesses situated across Victoria.

The VFF is an active, powerful lobby group dedicated to the interests of farmers and making a difference to communities. With a strong record of successful political advocacy and leadership, the VFF has generated substantial benefits for the agriculture sector since its formation in 1979.    The VFF consists of seven Commodity Groups – Dairy (United Dairyfarmers of Victoria), Livestock, Grains, Horticulture (incorporating Flowers Victoria), Chicken Meat, Eggs and Pigs – as well as four Committee groups – Water, Land Management, Farm Business and Rural Development and Farm Security.  VFF has approximately 200 branches across the state.

Kevin Cordery

Buchan Gelantipy Branch, Victorian Farmers Federation

(03) 5157-9365

(03) 5155-0900




W Tree Progress Association

Working with Nature to make W Tree a more forward thinking and sustainable community.

Contact Peter Schmetzer 51 550 202



Gelantipy Contact Judi Sykes  51 550 220

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