Emerald and the ranges corridor is supported by a number of groups that represent and work for our local community.  Their activities vary, but all groups work towards enhancing our community as a whole.


Eastern Dandenong Ranges Assocation

The Eastern Dandenong Ranges Assocation administrates the Eastern Dandenong Ranges Business & Tourism Group and The Local Newspaper. The two groups are complimentary and together develop a stronger shared identity and narrative for the Eastern Dandenong Ranges that strenghtens the Hills community and represents a destination brand for the region.


Eastern Dandenong Ranges Business & Tourism Group (EDRBT)

Our focus is solely targeted to supporting the growth and marketing of your business or community group that operates in the Eastern Dandenong Ranges corridor and surrounds.  Contact: Lynne Trensky 0419 584 498 or email gltrensky@bigpond.com


The Local - Community Voice for Eastern Dandenong Ranges

Local Stories and events by Local people  

The Local” is a community newspaper that circulates throughout the townships within the Eastern Dandenong Ranges region. It focuses on issues, information and activities relevent to the communities that reside within the Eastern Dandenong Ranges (Gembrook, Clematis, Cockatoo, Emerald, Macclesfield, Avonsleigh, and beyond). The Local is a bi-monthly professionally printed newspaper publication. A physical copy can usually be found outside local newsagents, post-offices, supermarkets in various townships in and around the Eastern Dandenong Ranges region. A selection of articles published within The Local, along with all previous editions, can now be found online at http://www.thelocal.org.au.

Contact: Kym Griffiths 0413 804 083 for more information or email:


Cardinia Tourism Organiastion


Cardinia Tourism are committed to bringing you some of the best tourist attractions that the Region of Cardinia has to offer. We’ll show you what’s available, help you get there, and even provide direct links to the websites of these great tourist attractions.

Ken Aldred, Chairman

76 Beaconsfield Emerald Road, Upper Beaconsfield, 5944 3090,


Cockatoo Township Committee


Enquiries: Owen Deppeler President 5968 9678


Emerald Business Group


The Emerald Business Group consists of local, loyal and committed businesses working together to provide quality products and services to meet our customers’ needs.  An initiative of Emerald Community House, which provides administrative and promotional support, EBG was formed in November 2009 with the aim of supporting a strong, resilient and vibrant community through an active and prosperous business base.

Ian Ash, President, 5968 3332,


Emerald Community House


Emerald Community House is one of a network of Community Houses in the Shire of Cardinia. Established in 1977, ECH was one of the first houses to be part of the broader Neighbourhood House movement involved in community development. Emerald Community House is centrally situated in the Main Street of Emerald and is recognised as a vibrant and valued part of the community.  We provide a supportive and welcoming environment where people can meet, exchange ideas and gain skillls, knowledge and confidence.  Emerald Community House is committed to supporting the local community, whether it is managing our monthly market, coordinating our annual arts festival or simply ensuring that our business trade is done locally.  We provide opportunities for people in our community to expand their skills as well as their horizons. Email


Emerald Village Committee

The Emerald Village Committee is committed to protecting and enhancing the unique character of Emerald as a place of natural beauty, a caring community and a great place for residents to live and work.

Up to 12 local residents make up the committee. Members are elected by popular vote every two years and appointed by Cardinia Council. The EVC is a committee of Council.

The committee provides a local voice and opinion on a range of strategic issues that affect the Emerald area, for example, recreation strategies, tourism strategies, town planning matters, and the Emerald District Strategy. The committee regularly liaises with the Cardinia Council to provide local insight, advice and opinion.

The committee meets at the Emerald Library on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome to attend all meetings.

Some of the issues the EVC is currently involved with include:

• Advocacy on Emerald’s future recreation needs, including the Emerald Spatial Plan, the Pepis Land Master Plan and the proposed aquatic centre location

• A local tourism map

• Continuation of the Emerald Citizen of the Year Awards

• Advocating for additional footpaths, shared footpaths and improved security around the township

• Advocating for a skate park and improved BMX facility

• Working with the Cardinia Council and Emerald Community House to protect and restore the historic Emerald Bakery

• Advocating for improvements to the Emerald Cockatoo Trail

• Weed eradication

• Increasing local awareness of the endangered Emerald Star-bush, and working with several other community groups to protect and increase the shrub’s population.

To contact the Emerald Village Committee, email:


Gembrook Township Committee




Signpost Community Magazine Inc. services the Victorian communities of Emerald, Cardinia Shire, Cockatoo, Beaconsfield Upper, Avonsleigh, Monbulk, Macclesfield and the wider Dandenong Ranges. Bringing local news, personal interest articles, points of view and hobby perspectives the magazine is published and printed monthly for distribution to surrounding communities.  

Jean Hayne Editor 5968 2855,


The Go List

The Go List - www.thegolist.org.au is an online resource providing a list of destinations for people who live in bushfire prone areas, empowering them to plan to leave early on high risk days.  It will also include organisations, groups and resources in bushfire high risk areas that can act a s a resource from within the community such as local vets, community houses, churches and support groups.  This is the beginning of a journey to strengthen Victorian communities across the State.  


Emerald RSL

Memorial Avenue, Emerald.  New members welcome. www.rslemerald.com.au






3MDR Mountain District Radio

3MDR mountain district radio 97.1fm is a community broadcaster based east of Melbourne in the forest covered mountains of the Dandenongs. We have a homely little studio in Emerald from which we broadcast to the Mountain District area, reaching out to the communities of Ferntree Gully, Upwey, Monbulk, Silvan, Gembrook, Pakenham, Beaconsfield, Belgrave, Emerald, Cockatoo and everywhere in between. The signal can be picked up much further away and can be webstreamed online anywhere in the world (with the necessary implements, computer, internet etc). 

Phone 5968 2728 Address Belgrave-Gembrook Road, Emerald VIC Email office@3mdr.com Web 3mdr.com





Signpost Community Magazine

Signpost is a monthly magazine based in Emerald and distributed by Australia Post to Emerald, Macclesfield, Clematis and Avonsleigh. Stacks are left at pick-up points in Gembrook, Cockatoo and Upper Beaconsfield. The aim of the publication is to strengthen local community in this district by increasing knowledge of local heritage, networks, churches, businesses, schools, organisations and values.

Editor Jean Hayne Phone 5968 2855 Address 1-3 Church Street, Emerald, Victoria Email editor@signpostmagazine.org.au


Emerald RSL Club

Contact Margaret Megarry Address 3 Memorial Ave Emerald Email  Mobile 0407 659 683





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