Saturday, 28 May 2011

Hepburn Voices

Another element of the Hepburn Shire Council community grant to the Swiss and Italian Festa is Hepburn Voices
The Objectives of this project are 
 To encourage & record the oral histories of past & current residents of the Hepburn Shire 
  To work with the Swiss & Italian Festa (SIF) to particularly record the oral histories of descendant families
 To work with other community groups to record identified oral histories   
To work with the artists of the Hepburn Shire, both present and past, to record oral histories and aspirations relevant to the arts
 To develop a website availability of oral history of the Hepburn Shire 
 From 1.30pm to 3pm next 2 Mondays (30th May and 6th June), Warren Maloney is running a briefing session for those who want to be Interviewers. The session will include an understanding of the equipment, a chat with John Smith who will be the  cameraman, a run-through on some interview techniques , and an understanding of the protocols. If you are interested in this project please contact Warren Maloney
Mobile: +61 408 323 607
Home: +61 3 5348 1451

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Before and After-These are the Before

Five pilot projects have been chosen to focus on the main corners intersecting with Main Road, and these properties have got exciting plans to move right along to demonstrate how we might improve the appearance of Hepburn Springs..A theme using wine barrels will continue down the street as well as plantings of lavender and other plants linked to the Swiss & Italian heritage will be used   Watch these spaces!

Corner Sixth St & Main Rd
Corner Eighth St & Main Rd

Corner of Seventh St & Main Rd
Rubens have already made a good start with a lavendar hedge and we look forward to seeing further developments
Thanks to Rob McDonald at Sailors Falls Estate quite a few lavender plants are struck and waiting to go.
A letter will be circulated to all main road properties to alert them to the next stage and how they might get involved. 

You don't have to wait to be asked YOU COULD JOIN IN NOW

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Hepburn Springs Streetscape Project

In 2008, the Swiss Italian Festa developed the following objectives
a) To establish and implement a plan for Hepburn Springs that recognizes and preserves the heritage and cultural aspects of that village, in particular the strong influence of the Swiss and Italian settlers/pioneers; and.

b) To engage with local partners to ensure the plan comes to fruition and that momentum is sustained;

c) To leave an annual legacy from 2010 onwards that goes beyond the annual festival program – a community building project that engages and excites our local community

Essentially, it is the encouragement of the “Beautification” of the main streets of Hepburn Springs and its built environment. The encouragement envisages an emphasis on plantings representing the significant Swiss and Italian Heritage. These plantings of suitable and culturally relevant plants could be utilising nature strips, window boxes, street tubs and/or street veranda supports.