Community Development

Emerald Community House has many community developments projects in the local area, statewide, regionally and nationally.

The Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet released a White Paper on Victorian Emergency Management Reform in December 2012 and Emerald Community House was used a case study in resilience.

Performing And Visual arts in Emerald.

PAVE is a dynamic celebration of arts and community, designed to allow various community groups and local performers to showcase programs and talents to the broader Emerald community and surrounding areas. If you would like to participate please email

Dig In Cafe

The Dig-In Café is regularly on the last Friday of every month.   This date will only change if it coincides with another event the Emerald Community House is running.  For more information or to be involved in the Dig-In Café please contact Christina at Emerald Community House on 5968 3881 or email

Emerald Community House  Emerald Going Solar “Rooftop Appeal”

Emerald Community House (ECH) is Going Solar!  As part of the Emerald Going Solar project, and in conjunction with Peter Cook of the Dandenong Ranges Renewable Energy Association (DRREA) and Emerald for Sustainability (EmFSus); ECH plans to install a solar array on the roof of the ECH Church Hall  owned by Cardinia Shire Council. “We intend to turn our “chocolate box’ hall into a ‘power box’  hall as an example of resilience, sustainability and local em-power-ment”, says Mary Farrow, ECH Coordinator.

The solar upgrade is intended to reduce ECH’s reliance on fossil fuel generated power and therefore reduce their power bills and  carbon footprint. It will contribute to the Emerald Going Solar project, using the  highly visible roof space on the main thoroughfare in Emerald.

Building on the community’s resilience by providing an alternative power source for ECH for community  use when the power goes out is a key sustainability objective of ECH’s Strategic Plan and their efforts as part of the Centre of Resilience network.

Lee Fuller of EmFSus feels this is a move in the right direction to have the community lead the way in sustainable retrofits. “We can’t rely on government to fund these initiatives  and so we are asking ECH members, supporters, partners and  our community to donate to this Rooftop Appeal. The change we seek starts in the community”.

The Rooftop Appeal  will be launched on Sept 8, Sustainability House Day 2014 and it is hoped  that many will be able to contribute. Donations of any denomination would be greatly appreciated, $5, $10, $50 or more toward achieving the goal of $40,000. DRREA has expressed an interest in contributing some funds for the project that has been designed by Energy Connections in Pakenham. Current discussions to scrap the Small-scale Technology Certificates (STC) incentive program by the Commonwealth government  will mean that additional funds will need to be raised to complete this community led  project.

ECH can  accept cash (or cheque) donations at ECH during  normal working hours or donations can be made by direct deposit into ECH’s account through internet banking.

Account Name:          Emerald Community House

Deposit Reference:    ECH  Roof

BSB:                           063 842

Account No.               1009 3095

Every dollar helps ECH achieve the goal in becoming a ‘solar’ advocate for the environment, as well as increasing our business efficiency, reducing overall costs and promoting business continuity when the power fails.

Should you have any questions regarding this appeal, please contact

Mary Farrow, ECH Coordinator / 0403  765 314

Peter Cook, President DRREA / 59682824

Together the community can make a ‘solar’ difference by contributing to the  Emerald Going Solar project at the Emerald Community House.