Strathfieldsaye and Districts Community Enterprise is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping Strathfieldsaye and the surrounding towns become strong, vibrant and healthy communities.

We do this by providing financial support, connections and advocacy for community groups and projects that enhance the lives of local residents.

This assistance is made possible through the support of our partners Bendigo Bank and Bendigo Telco, who provide us with a sustainable income stream based on business generated by our supporters.

It’s simple; by keeping the profits of your banking and communications local, you can make a real difference to your community.


Our District: A Connected Community


In 2025 the Strathfieldsaye region will be a strong, vibrant and healthy community.

Our Goals


Unify the District

We will help inspire a sense of community and connectedness by promoting Strathfieldsaye and surrounding communities.


Create Connections

We will strengthen natural and built infrastructure by advocating and supporting projects that establish connections.


Foster Community

We will help develop vibrant communities by advocating and supporting programmes that foster healthy lifestyles and social connections.

Income Security and Growth

To realise our vision we must have a secure funding base. We will achieve this by consolidating relationships with existing funding partners and seeking new funding sources.


Dennis Johanson

Dennis and his wife Pip moved to Strathfieldsaye 30 years ago and raised their three children there while running their legal practice in Bendigo. They have been involved in many community groups including school councils for Strathfieldsaye Primary School, Bendigo South East College & Bendigo Senior Secondary College, Strathfieldsaye Cricket & Football and Axe Creek Landcare as well as a director of SDCE for over ten years


Jayden Donaldson

Having grown up in Junortoun, Jayden has been a part of many of the schools, sporting groups and organisations close to the SDCE for almost 30 years. He has played football for the Strathfieldsaye Storm FNC for 9 years where he was multiple time premiership player, captain and ast coach.  

Now working as a local real estate agent, he sees the SDCE as a great opportunity to give back and help his community. “I love Strathfieldsaye and have so many great friends, family and connections here.  I see myself living in the area and raising a family here for many years to come so I’m keen to help pushing the community forward in any way I can”  

Jayden also plays cricket for Emu Creek Cricket Club and his workplace McKean McGregor is also an active sponsor and supporter of many community sporting clubs, schools and events. 

Vice Chair

Josh Griffin


Colin Jack

Born and raised in Bendigo, Colin Jack returned to Bendigo in 2003 from the Mid North Coast to establish and operate a commercial walnut orchard in Strathfieldsaye. This has been a rewarding project bringing with it all the challenges associated with horticulture as well as the opportunity to foster a strong connection with the local community. 

Previously, Colin held roles in Health and Human services as a Clinician and Regional Administrator/Director of Mental Health Services in Victoria and NSW for over 30 years. Having been involved in community development and worked alongside non-government organisations whilst in these roles, he recognizes and appreciates the benefits of the Community Enterprise model. 

Colin is grateful to be part of very capable team and looks forward to constructively supporting numerous small and large projects over the coming years.


Kat Charnas

Kathryne (Kat) Charnas has a degree in Environmental Engineering (Land and Water Management) and has a career spanning three levels of Government focusing on business management, community development and grant administration.  Kat grew up in Elmore as a 5th generation local with strong family ties to the community.  Kat and her family (husband Kane and children Cooper and Amelia) moved to Strathfieldsaye in 2010 and have been active participants and supporters of the local schools and sporting teams. Kat joined SDCE as a Director in early 2017.  


Julie Brady

Julie’s family has a wheat/sheep farming background and she grew up in the Mallee township of Ultima; providing an upbringing rich in participation, understanding and respect of community involvement. A sense of community has always been a part of Julie’s life and she is passionate about contributing and making a difference.  

Julie is a primary school teacher and strives to make a difference in the lives of students and is currently the Education Improvement Leader for the North West Victoria Region.  

Julie and her husband moved with their family to Strathfieldsaye in 1996. Their three children attended Saint Francis of the Fields Primary School and played for various netball, cricket, basketball, soccer and tennis teams over the years. Julie is a life member of the Ultima Football and Netball Club and values the contribution that diverse community groups make to the fabric of areas that people call home. Julie still resides in Strathfieldsaye and feels a strong connection to ensuring that it grows stronger, healthier and more vibrant. 


Brad Knight


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Email us as sdce@strathfieldsaye.com.au