Local stories


Across Hotham, we have countless examples of local people, organisations and groups doing amazing things and making a positive impact on our community and our country. From celebrating cultural events, succeeding in academic and sporting life, giving their time to incredible causes or being part of interesting projects, here are just some of their stories.

If you have a local story or a Hotham hero to share, please email me at [email protected] 

Nathan Ephraums: Local legend and Olympics hockey star

As we count down to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris, make sure you keep an eye out (and cheer loudly!) for Hotham local Nathan Ephraums. Nathan is part of the Kookaburras, Australia men's national field hockey team, and will be representing Australia at the Olympics in Paris.

Nathan shares his junior and local grassroots experience here.

Jim Claven OAM: Preserving and telling the stories of our veterans

Hotham local Jim Claven OAM received the Medal of the Order of Australia in the 2024 Australia Day Honours for his contribution to veteran services and community history – with a focus on the connection between Australia and Greece.

Read Jim’s full interview – including two local stories – here.

Optiscan Imaging: Innovation in the heart of Hotham!

I was completely wowed when I got out to see the team and the tech at Optiscan in Mulgrave. They were recently recognised as part of the Cooperative Research Centres Projects Grants Program with a $3 million grant. See their great work here

The Toy Library: Offering a playful solution to sustainability and reducing waste

The Toy Library, run by Springvale Service For Children, was recently recognised with a 2023-24 Volunteer Grant. 

Much of what they do is possible because of their volunteers. You can learn more here.

The Noble Park Community Centre: Celebrating the whole team!

An art show as fantastic, popular and inclusive as Noble Park Art Show can only happen because of the people behind it. I was thrilled to get down to the Noble Park Community Centre (NPCC) and celebrate them all. Learn more about the NPCC and the art show here.

Sophia, Berry and Chirpy: our Hotham Christmas Card winners

You may have spotted two cute birds on our Hotham Christmas card that was sent to all Hotham households. So, who were these budgies – and who was the artist behind the winning picture? Learn more here.