We are a non-profit incorporated community association based in Hepburn Springs. The association and the Festa are managed by a voluntary Committee of Management.
We pay tribute to the past Committee members and volunteers that established the first Festa in 1993, and then ran an annual Festa successfully for 25 years. Current members of the Festa Committee are:
Robyn Rogers (President)
Robyn moved to Daylesford then Hepburn five years ago on retiring from corporate life as an IT Project Manager and Organisational Change Manager. Robyn now participates in community projects including the International Women’s Day Committee, Hepburn Community Radio and volunteers cooking skills at The Good Grub Club. Robyn lived in Italy for six months in 2014 and continues to learn Italian with a local teacher.
Helen Hambling (Secretary)
Helen has an extensive background in social policy with the Commonwealth Government and in the community sector. Helen is a Director on the Board of Victoria’s State Trustee. She now lives in Hepburn and loves the beauty and history of the region.
John Stanwell (Vice President)
John has worked extensively in the arts, in both the community and government sectors, in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. John now lives in Hepburn, and has Swiss Italian heritage dating back to the Australian goldrushes.
Jacinta Tori (Treasurer)
Jacinta is a CPA qualified accountant with over 12 years’ experience working in the Local Government sector, and previously spent time working as an Auditor. Jacinta is a lifelong resident of Daylesford whose Swiss Italian ancestors came to the area in the 1860’s. She has a love of Italian language having studied for many years.
Steve lives in Hepburn Springs and is an Electrical Contractor. He has Swiss Italian heritage dating back to the late 1850’s. Stephen has experienced twenty Swiss Italian Festas, and is passionate about its continuation.
Riki has a background in event management, marketing, media and communications. Previously a board member of and long-time contributor to the Sustainable Living Festival, Riki now lives and works in the region.