Place Shapers

Place Shapers

2022 Program

Two successful Council programs are joining forces in 2022 to support our rural communities with their bushfire preparedness initiatives. 


Communities First and Nillumbik Place Shapers will combine in a unique program to assist community members to develop placemaking projects that focus on community preparedness and resilience.

Place Shapers 2022 will focus on supporting community members from rural Nillumbik who have creative ideas for activating a public space that people love and feel connected to. Participants will learn how to work with Council to deliver placemaking projects that focus on community preparedness, connection and resilience – helping our rural communities respond to and recover from bushfires and other emergencies. 

The program will explore:

  • Placemaking in Nillumbik
  • Project visioning
  • Process for co-designing projects with community and Council
  • Planning for project action
  • Grant writing opportunities

Applications will open in March 2022. The program will run weekly on Tuesday evenings throughout May and June. 

There will be an information session about the program on Tuesday 8 March 2022 at the Hurstbridge Community Hub. To register to attend this session, please email

Visit the Communities First page for more information on the program.

2021 Program

Congratulations to the participants of two Council initiatives held for the first time in 2021:

  • the Place Shapers program, and
  • the Women’s Community Leadership and Connections program

Program participants officially graduated at a ceremony at Montsalvat in July 2021.

The two programs were designed to empower local people to help make our community a better place for everyone.

The Women’s Community Leadership and Connections program was a great opportunity for women to build their skills and networks to become more confident, active and engaged leaders and community connectors in Nillumbik. The women worked with Council to each develop a local project that builds community resilience and supportive networks for women including a repair café, a new group for carers, a health and wellbeing hub and exercise group for new parents.

The Place Shapers program provided local people with the resources and skills to implement their own community projects. From community gardens to festivals, public art to new township events, these practical projects will transform local spaces and create vibrant, authentic local places.

2021 Place Shapers community projects

  • A participatory arts space in Hurstbridge where visitors can engage directly with arts-based activities and projects
  • Outdoor gallery and street art
  • A calendar of free public events
  • Harmony Day - a variety of public activations celebrating Nillumbik's cultural diversity
  • Community garden in Research
  • Apollo Parkways Greensborough Highway sound wall turned into a gallery
  • Breathwork Soundscape - A submersive guided meditative soundscape project to activate natural environments within Nillumbik
  • Urban Legends of Diamond Creek - creating a place brand for Diamond Creek. A quirky depiction of Diamond Creek legends through art installation
  • Bunjil Reserve Seating Circle Performance (Paradoxa Collective artist)
  • Interactive walking trail from Eltham to Hurstbridge incorporating local history from Wurundjeri to current
  • Next Stop: Painting in Nature - a mural project with Eltham High School to deter graffiti, with murals to be inspired by Indigenous flora and fauna
  • Revegetation project - improving the ecosystem along Mt Pleasant Road
  • Temporary gallery - a small-scale temporary architectural structure using timber plaques community paint and display
  • Map of walking tracks - showing walks and tracks people can take and explore, giving them encouragement to walk further and highlighting tracks for different abilities
  • The Manse Garden - using church grounds to grow food and provide free to public - expanding the work created during COVID-19
  • Public art mural/installation
  • Yarning circle - on the grounds of St Margaret's Anglican Church