Nestled on the banks of the Campaspe River, the area around Rochester was originally known as 'Yalooka'. Sitting on the floodway, Rochester is an agricultural community centred around dairying, tomato growing and meat production.
In recent history, the Rochester Silo Art, Mural Festival and Sports Museum, have made Rochester a haven for tourists, who enjoy the many cafes, hotels and holiday parks during their stay.
Rochester boasts a hospital, supermarket, primary and secondary school, many recreation facilities and streets of thriving small businesses.
Place Based Planning
Place Based Plans focus on making places better. The process involves looking at, listening to, and engaging with community members who live, work and play in a particular place (from a street to an entire town) to understand their needs and aspirations. Ultimately, what do you want your town to look like, to feel like?
The Place Based Plan Committee has now been selected. The members of the committee are Maureen Chiswell, Justin Cleary, Beck Hocking, Donald Hughan, Megan Keating, Karen Laing, Amanda Logie, Dimity Pearson (Committee Chair), Peter Romer, Maree Trail, Heather Watson and Bec Wolfe.
Help us prepare the Future Rochester Plan
We are working with local residents and businesses to develop a roadmap for Rochester’s recovery and resilience. The Future Rochester plan will set a vision for the future and outline the actions that Council, community and others can take to achieve it.
We want to hear from you! Tell us what you love about your local community and share your ideas and needs for future places, infrastructure, and services in Rochester.
You can get involved by:
- Attending a community pop-up – keep an eye on this webpage and the Rochester Facebook page for where and when.
- Hosting a discussion with your friends, family, neighbours, community group or colleagues using our conversation guide.
- You can email the kit to [email protected].
- Drop your completed guide off at either Council’s Service Centre, Rochester Community House or Ampol Rochester.
- Completing this online survey by clicking here.
The engagement period will close on 31 May.
For more information you can contact the project team on [email protected]
Township Facility Planning
Township Facility Planning looks at the future of the town's assets and identifies whether a facility should be renewed, upgraded, repurposed or retired.
Rochester is yet to start Township Facility Planning.