Nillumbik Place Shapers



The Nillumbik Place Shaper program will give locals the resources and skills to implement their own community projects.

Nillumbik Place Shapers identifies that people must be at the centre of shaping thriving places and will use a placemaking approach to support the delivery of projects to improve a public space.

The sessions will be action-based and will support participants to lead their own projects within a supportive Council environment. The process will enable and empower people to create and activate public places they love and feel connected to. From community gardens to pop-up parks, festivals to public art, mainstreet improvements to new townships events. These practical placemaking projects transform local spaces, create vibrant and authentic places, and, importantly, build social capital and connection.

It’s free to participate – all you need is an idea and two hours a week to attend the sessions.


What does the program include?

The eight-week program includes:

• Weekly facilitated workshops with experts and community leaders

• Placemaking and project support

• Coaching to develop your project idea.

Expressions of interest are open and close Sunday 18 April.


Workshop Topics:

Thursday 29 April

Welcome: Introduction to Placemaking with guest speaker Valli Mophett, Place Jam

Thursday 6 May

Place Identity: What makes places special?

Thursday 13 May

Project Visioning: What’s your place idea?

Thursday 20 May

Planning for Action: How can we make your idea come to life?

Thursday 27 May

Community Resources: Who do we need to support your idea?

Thursday 3 June

Getting Ready to Go: the fun stuff – site plan, risk plan, insurances…..

Thursday 10 June

Let’s Go: What do you need to launch your project?

Thursday 17 June

Evaluation and Future Planning: How do you tell your projects story?


Sessions will take place at the Hurtsbridge Hub between 6pm – 8pm.

We encourage interested Place Shapers to have a chat with us if you may be experiencing any barriers to accessing this program (e.g., child minding, mobility, location, etc.).


Apply now!

To express your interest in the program please fill in the Expression of Interest Form.

For more information contact:

Michelle Welsby 0456 641 397

Annie Lee 0438 834 306