The Tecoma Village Action Group (TVAG) is one of many Township Groups throughout the Dandenong Ranges working to make their township a better place to live and work. TVAG is a member of the Shire of Yarra Ranges Townships Network.      More


About Us


Interested in the future of Tecoma? Would you like to help with improving life in the Hills? Need help or advice pertaining to a development proposal?

Please contact our Membership Secretary

The Tecoma Village Action Group comprises residents living in the area of Tecoma who wish to contribute to the growth of and preservation of the characteristics of our township that draw people to live in this wonderful area of the Dandenong Ranges.

TVAG is a member of the Shire of Yarra Ranges Townships Groups Network and as such represents Tecoma to the Shire of Yarra Ranges. Through this link we are able to apply to Council for funding of Community Projects and be instrumental in developing “Tecoma’s Future”.

TVAG is an Incorporated Association that supports other organisations and events in the region of Tecoma, such as The Hills Food Frontier (FLAME Festival, Community Garden Pathway); Destination Tecoma, and art organisations such as the Tiffaney Bishop Collective and FATSpace.

TVAG is often contacted by residents with concerns about development issues. Through its contacts and experience, TVAG has been able to draw these concerns to the wider community and provide information and support for these concerns. TVAG has supported residents in their concerns all the way to Council and VCAT.

TVAG is an incorporated association of volunteers, members of the community who volunteer their time and experience to represent Tecoma. To be truly representative though, TVAG requires your support through membership and contribution to community discussions.   

TVAG - Who are we?

Just before the deadline of August 31st, McDonald’s erected some small signs advising to patrons that they are in the delicate Dandenong Ranges and extra care should be taken to prevent littering our environment.

No evidence has been forth coming regarding the other two matters of non-compliance regarding lighting and noise.

Contact was made with Council on September 21st asking about these two matters and up until now, some 2 weeks later, the responsible Council Officer has not responded to enquiries. This is the same department that failed to follow up VCAT’s ruling for about 2 years.

TVAG will continue to press for a response from the Shire of Yarra Ranges Council.  

Still Non-Compliant ??

Plastic Bag Free Dandenong Ranges was officially launched in July 2016 at Burrinja Cultural Centre. In the morning a Sewing Bee was held with around 50 community volunteers pitching in to help make reusable bags - cutting, pinning, ironing and sewing. At least 60 fabulous bags were made out of donated material, with over 100 pre-cut bags taken home to be worked on later. In the afternoon the film 'Bag It' was screened - an American documentary following one man's problems with plastic. This was followed by a Q&A from representatives from Hills township groups, PBFDR, and Plastic Bag Free Warburton. In fact, PBFW have been a huge inspiration - their campaign to eliminate plastic bags started over a year ago, and they have already seen a significant drop in use. There is also Plastic Bag Free Healesville who are working hard to remind people of the dangers of plastic bags to our environment. 

Australians use 10.6 million plastic bags every day. Most of those are only used for 12 minutes. Every year 30 - 50 million bags end up in our creeks, parks and oceans, killing tens of thousands of animals and marine life. 

The Dandenong Ranges is home to some of the world's most unique and amazing creatures - the platypus and the lyrebird, for example - so we must work together, as a community, to protect and sustain this important place we're lucky enough to call home. We shall soon be launching our Boomerang Bags project - placing the reusable bags that have been made in local shops, so that customers can borrow one and return it next time, rather than using plastic. It's a very exciting campaign, and we've had 100% positive reactions from both community members and traders. Together we can get rid of plastic, and protect our beautiful hills. 

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Plastic Bag Free Dandenong Ranges

Remember the feeling of our last Festival? It's on again. So during Fair Food Week in October THFF's "FLAME Community Garden" and "Food is Free Tecoma" will be celebrating their birthdays! Local celebrities will be planting fruit trees, you can come to the a food fermentation workshop while your children learn to make an insect house. Spring seedlings will be available and Miranda Mueller, local Permaculturist can answer all your garden questions.

The celebrations will be accompanied by singing of garden songs with Vokallista Community choir and there will be a food stall run by the church ladies. Of course there will be a healthy birthday cake to share. Thanks to the Yarra Ranges Shire it will all be free!

Saturday October 15 at 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Tecoma Uniting Church

1566 Burwood Highway

The Hills Food Frontier