Place Shapers


2022 Program - Applications now closed

Place Shapers

Applications now closed.


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 design and 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

Participants will be asked to attend at least 80 percent of program sessions which will be held at Wadambuk St Andrews Community Centre as follows:  

Session one: Welcome to the Program
Saturday 23 April 10am – 2pm

Followed by nine weekly sessions:

  • Tuesday 26 April, 5.30pm – 8.30pm
  • Tuesday 3 May, 5.30pm – 8.30pm
  • Tuesday 10 May, 5.30pm – 8.30pm
  • Tuesday 17 May, 5.30pm – 8.30pm
  • Wednesday 25 May, 6pm – 8.30pm (online grant writing workshop)
  • Saturday 28 May, 10am – 1pm  (placemaking excursion)
  • Tuesday 31 May, 5.30pm – 8.30pm
  • Tuesday 7 June, 5.30pm – 8.30pm

Thursday 23 June 6pm – 9pm
Wadambuk St Andrews Community Centre

It is free to participate in this program and catering will be provided for all sessions.

We encourage people with accessibility or other support needs to contact us to discuss how we can assist you to participate in the program e.g. wheelchair access, large font size for printed documents, hard copies of program resources etc.

For more information contact or call the Communities First team on 9433 3111.

Note: As this program will be running in person in a Council owned facility participants must be fully vaccinated or produce an app medical exemption to participate in the program.

If you are remaining non-vaccinated without an approved medical exemption*, unfortunately you will not be able to participate in this program.

*To be eligible for this program and more specifically to be able to enter any Council building you MUST hold and show evidence of full vaccination or medical exemption.  Both documents MUST be an extract from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) from your My Gov Account.  Doctors certificates or letters are not permitted as evidence for medical exemptions.


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