Campaspe, Victoria

About the community

Campaspe Shire in Victoria is located 180 km north of Melbourne on both the Murray and Goulburn rivers, with the most populous community being Echuca. Other major towns include Kyabram, Rochester and Rushworth. The population at the 2011 census stood at 36,365. Campaspe’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population is about three times the Victorian average, but cultural diversity is below average. Industries include dairying, tourism, food processing, cereal cropping, sheep / wool, vegetables, viticulture and beef cattle.

Campaspe and the Let's Read program

Let’s Read Campaspe has a strong commitment to promoting the importance of reading with young children from birth to 5 years. Fostering a love of reading influences future literacy skills and helps families relate positively to their children. The steering committee is broad based with members from Campaspe Cohuna LLEN, Shire of Campaspe Children’s Services and Library Services, Echuca Regional Health, PossAbility Planners, Echuca South Pre School Kindergarten, Njernda Best Start, Rushworth P-12 College and St Luke’s Anglicare, Echuca

Community stories

During 2017 our Pop-Up Library project was rolled out, the launch being held at the Echuca Moama Medical Practice in June. Pop-up early childhood libraries are tubs of books for children 0-5 years of age to borrow or just read in waiting rooms or foyer areas.    Each pop-up library box contains 24 high quality pre-loved books. 

We received a grant from the YMCA Sweat v Steam Community program to purchase the boxes, stickers, promotional material and board books.  We invited St Joseph's College VCAL students to be involved and they organised a school-wide House competition book drive for pre-loved books and participated in the launch.  Having these students involved was a 'win-win' all round.  It enabled them to improve their organisational skills, have a wider understanding of why early literacy is so important, at the same time making a valuable contribution to this community project. 

Pop-up libraries are currently in place at Echuca Court House, Echuca Moama Family Medical Clinic, Kyabram Community Learning Centre, Rushworth Bakery, Campaspe Community Children's Centre, BYL Coffee Shop, Echuca Police Station, Rochester CafĂ© 3561, Crossenvale House, Njernda Medical Centre, Berrimba Child Care, Goodstart Child Care and Kyabram District Health Services.  We have placed Let's Read reading suggestions in the boxes to promote the program.

September 2018


Let's Read, 2016

Let's Read Campaspe were successful in December 2016 obtaining an additional $1000 grant from the YMCA Sweat V Steam event to purchase additional resources and to install pop-up libraries in our region. This will greatly assist with promotion of the program and providing reading material to families who would not necessarily have access to them.

We will be working with secondary schools in the region to assist us with this project to provide pre-loved good condition picture books which will be placed in tubs promoting the Let's Read program. Promotional material about the program will be available with the pop-up library.  We have already installed one at the Echuca Court House which is getting great use, unfortunately many children have to sit and wait with families and carers during court sessions and we felt that providing the Let's Read tub there would work well.  We have plans to place them in health services, waiting rooms and Neighbourhood Houses across our region.

Jenny Mustey | Library Services | Campaspe Regional Library

Let’s Read Campaspe... now at Rochester!

Let’s Read Campaspe has now been officially launched right across the Shire of Campaspe with events being held over the last two years since it was established. We have previously had launches at Echuca Apex Park, Rushworth P-12 and Kyabram Community Garden.

On Thursday 25th August during Children’s Book Week it was the perfect opportunity to launch the program at Rochester Primary School.  The prep-children from Rochester Primary School (who were also dressed up for Book Week) and St Josephs Primary joined us for the launch which included an official welcome and overview of the program, a special reading of the CBC winning book Mr Huff read superbly by Mayor Councillor Leigh Wilson and then a rotation of activities for the children to participate in.

We were very fortunate also to have the School Choir sing the Australian National Anthem which added a sense of ceremony and importance to the occasion. We invited the Rochester Lions Club members to attend as they had provided some funding to purchase resources, not only did three senior members come along but we also had three ‘Leos’ who assisted us with the reading stations and activities. All in all, a very happy time had by all and really appreciate the support of Tracy Woods Supported Playgroup Coordinator Shire of Campaspe, Linda Nielson, Childrens Services Coordinator Campaspe Regional Library, Alice and Michelle from Save the Children and Lilian from Crossenvale House who provided the activities. 

The message about Children’s Book Week and the importance of reading was also very noticeable in the CBD of Echuca during the month of August.  Although not strictly Let’s Read the Tourism Department of the Shire of Campaspe were kind enough to organise generic flags to promote Children’s Book Week to the community.  Have attached a photo of this too.


Jenny Mustey, Campaspe Regional Library



Let’s Read Campaspe launched in Kyabram as part of Children’s Week Celebrations


The Kyabram Community Garden was a great setting for the official launch of Let’s Read Campaspe in Kyabram on October 27th. The launch formed part of Children’s Week celebrations. Organisations providing activities for children on the day included the Kyabram Toy Library, The Library’s Rhyme Time Group, Save the Children playgroup, Kyabram P-12 College’s Primary School choir, Bambini Child Care, Shire of Campaspe Supported Playgroups, Njernda Aboriginal Corporation and the Community Garden committee. Up to 100 children, along with their families or carers, ‘had a ball’ and were thrilled to take away a show bag of goodies. Amongst the special guests attending were Local Campaspe Shire Councillor Carol Howell and the State Government Member for Murray Peter Walsh who reiterated the importance of fostering a love of reading from an early age.
The Let’s Read Resource packs will now commence to be distributed by trained early childhood professionals in Kyabram.

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Let’s Read Campaspe at the Community Awareness and Choices Expo in Echuca

Friday August 28, 2015.


Let’s Read Campaspe Steering Committee members from the Children’s and Library Services Department and the Campaspe Cohuna LLEN had a popular stall at the recent Community Awareness and Choices Expo in Echuca which attracted more than 500 people. The Expo showcased the broad range of options available in the community to support those with disabilities. Let’s Read tip sheets, suggested booklists, colouring sheets, coloured pencils and books were given out. Let’s Read Campaspe promotes, in a practical sense, the importance and value of reading to children from birth to 5 years, including those with disabilities.

Bev Werner | Partnership Broker | Campaspe Cohuna Local Learning and Employment Network (CCLLEN)

Let's Read Campaspe Launch

Let’s Read Campaspe was launched on Tuesday October 21st in Apex Park, Echuca during Children’s Week celebrations.

Let’s Read is a community program that promotes the importance of reading with young children from birth to five years. Reading is the single most important activity that can be undertaken to develop a child’s future literacy skills and influences their development in many other ways.  Basically, reading with babies and toddlers is just a lovely thing to do.

Let’s Read Campaspe is great a partnership between the Shire of Campaspe Children’s and Library Services, Campaspe Cohuna LLEN,  Echuca Regional Health, PossAbility Planners, Echuca South Pre- School Kindergarten, Njernda Best Start, Rushworth P-12 College and St Luke’s Anglicare, Echuca. 

The program will deliver free of charge,  support, books and resources to families at 4 different child age points -  4 months, 12 months, 18 months and 3 ½ years.  Resources include beautiful age-appropriate books, reading tips & book suggestion sheets and a DVD of songs, rhymes and stories.

Councillor Emma Bradbury officially launched the program with a symbolic cutting of ribbons fashioned around a book.

Bev Werner | Partnership Broker | Campaspe Cohuna Local Learning and Employment Network (CCLLEN)



Campaspe Cohuna Local Learning and Employment Network

Shire of Campaspe Children’s Services and Library Services

Echuca Regional Health

PossAbility Planners

Rushworth P-12 College

St Luke’s Anglicare, Echuca

Njernda Best Start

Echuca South Pre School Kindergarten

Key contact

Bev Werner, Partnership Broker, Campaspe Cohuna Local Learning and Employment Network


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