Thursday, April 25, 2024

150 years of Yarra Ranges local government

The Yarra Ranges Heritage Network will next month launch an exhibition celebrating 150 years of local government in the Yarra Ranges area.

On 11 February 1872, the proclamation of the Shire of Lillydale ushered in one of the first forms of local government in the area. The Shire of Yarra Ranges was formed in 1994 by the merger of parts of Shire of Sherbrooke, Shire of Healesville, Shire of Shire of Upper Yarra and Shire of Lillydale.

The Power and the People exhibition celebrates the work of these councils and their communities over the years.

Eighteen members of the Yarra Ranges Heritage Network collaborated to create the exhibition, to help demonstrate the importance of history in the development of their communities and the partnerships between local government and residents.

Drawing on the extensive knowledge of Network members, the exhibition shares stories of how buildings, facilities, services and events in our communities have  transformed from an idea and local need into reality.

Power and the People will open at the Memo in Healesville on Wednesday March 9 and be officially launched by Yarra Ranges Mayor, Jim Child on Thursday, March 17 at 4.30pm. Other venues include Monbulk Hub, Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, Mont de Lancey and selected libraries around the ranges.

The display has been made possible through funding from the Yarra Ranges Grants for Community program and support from Yarra Ranges Regional Museum.

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