Kawarren is set to benefit from a newly redeveloped community hub, Echidna House, which will provide local residents with a place to get together, enjoy activities, access services and hold events.


Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Major Events and Regional Victoria, Danielle Green, today officially opened the $220,000 facility which was delivered with $165,000 of Victorian Government funding.


The project involved redeveloping a disused school building to create a multi-use, fully accessible community hub which includes:


  • A new kitchen
  • Fully accessible facilities
  • Renovated multi-purpose event rooms
  • Upgrades to accessibility
  • Improved landscaping

The facility will be used by local community groups, emergency services and sporting clubs including the Kawarren Recreation Reserve Committee, Landcare, Kawarren Older Women’s Bridge Group, the Kawarren Tennis Club, and the CFA.

By providing an accessible meeting place for local residents, Echidna House encourages community connections and allows existing groups to connect with each other and access activities and services in their local area.

The Colac Otway Shire Council worked in close consultation with Kawarren Recreation Reserve Committee to shape and drive the project forward.

The Victorian Government is investing in projects like Echidna House through its $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund which supports initiatives that create jobs, drive economic growth and strengthen regional communities.

Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria, Danielle Green

“The Victorian Government is backing community infrastructure projects in the Colac Otway Shire through its $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund to ensure that our regional and rural communities can continue to gather, share and connect in attractive, accessible public spaces.”

“The Echidna House revitalisation will provide the community of Kawarren with a facility that meets the current and future needs of the town and the surrounding rural districts which it services.”

 “The Victorian Government is proud to support community projects like Echidna House. Local residents in Kawarren identified what needed to be improved and worked hard to drive the change.”