our people



Girgarre is a small community with a fabulous volunteer group. With over 120 people volunteering throughout our groups, clubs, events and projects we are able to achieve extraordinary results.




If there’s one thing to be said about Bernie Ryan, it’s that his energy knows no bounds.  A fitness guru, he is a regular bike rider and a keen world traveller, mostly on foot. He is also a fine cook and offers his services to the Girgarre community for many fine dining fund raisers held in the community hall. His historic home, ‘Bonshaw’, just a few minutes drive from Girgarre at Stanhope and the beautiful gardens he has created around it are a regular feature at the Girgarre Open Gardens festival. The very popular High Tea, provided by Bernie and his volunteer helpers in the grounds of ‘Bonshaw’ brings the festival to a successful close each year.  


Gardening is Bernie’s other great passion. The ‘Bonshaw’ gardens are a testament to his creative flair, expanding all the time they are a district show piece. He is a more than willing volunteer with the fledgling Gargarro Botanic Gardens project, chairing the ‘Friends of the Gardens’, organising regular working bees at the site on Curr Rd, Girgarre and volunteering with the Green Thumbs Nursery propagation program.


Bernie is just one of the many volunteer friends of Girgarre who have been inspired by the passion and drive of this dynamic community. Volunteering with this dedicated band is engaging, they are a welcoming and cheerful group. If you are wanting somewhere to go where there’s friendship and fun, then there’s room for you too.

Contact Bernie on 03 5857 2407 or 0455 578 722.



Irene and Wallace from Kyvalley are part of the 'new breed' of Girgarrians - that is, people who don't live here but who are a vital part of our community.

Irene and Wallace originally came for the music and are now involved in the committee that organises the Moosic Muster and Jigarre Jammin' and are familiar faces at all our music events in the town, both organising and participating.  They play in a band called The Pure Drop that was formed as a result of Jigarre Jammin'.

Wallace worked closely with Graeme Leak in developing the Junkestra for the Girgarre Revival and performed a solo piece at the launch of the Soundshell on his tin violin.  He has since created the Piano music installation, in partnership with Graeme, that is located in the Railway Reserve.

Irene is part of the volunteer group that works to keep this website up to date, if you have an interesting story, she is always looking for great material.

Keep an eye out for Irene and Wallace!


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Contact Jan Smith

+613 5854 6283 or 0458 546 283

Email: garryandjan@bigpond.com




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