Works have commenced at 44-46 Main St in Winchelsea, following a planning permit being issued by the Surf Coast Shire to utilise the site for an Op Shop. Temporary bracing has now being erected to allow for the exploratory and demolition works to take place. These works were required as the next step involves opening the walls and floors to review the current building state. Once completed, the findings of these investigative works will determine the scope of the rebuild requirements to finalise the building plans.

Hesse is seeking to renovate and increase the shops size and capacity, in order to continue the Op Shop being a community hub for the growing Winchelsea community, as well as raising much needed funds for our local health service, Hesse Rural Health – a service we all rely on!

Fundraising endeavours for the Op Shop Rebuild Appeal remain ongoing with a target to raise $400,000. To date just over $200,000 has been raised through community and local business donations, including $50,000 recently matched in co-contribution funding by the Winchelsea Community Bank.

The next Hesse Op Shop Rebuild Appeal fundraising activity, will be the event ‘Hesse Hearts of Gold Masquerade Ball’ at Barwon Mansion on Saturday 28th October.

This will be a wonderful evening of laughter, excellent food and quality entertainment. The Hesse Hearts of Gold Masquerade Ball will be a ticketed event with 300 guests in attendance, tickets will be sold online only, initially sold in tables of ten seats and then opened to individual seat purchases at a later date. Tables at the Hesse Hearts of Gold Masquerade Ball will be available for purchase online in coming weeks.

Hesse is reaching out to all sections of the community who may be interested in sponsoring the event or contributing an item for the auction on the night. All donations are tax deductable, so coming to the end of the financial year this may be the perfect time to donate.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities please contact Jessica Culhane, Hesse’s Communications and Community Partnerships Officer on 03 5327 1200 or via email at

The completion of this project is paramount for both our community and our health service. We very much hope that you will consider supporting this very worthy cause.