Donnybrook – We Love Olivine Placemaker and – Shared Cup Café

GRP is overseeing the insertion of two Place-makers for the Olivine/Donnybrook Mirvac Development. Both Placemakers’ position involves developing a place that is safe, socially engaging, engenders a sense of pride, has access to services and assists to create a sense of “community” that is based on common purposes and achievements. The roles will eventually facilitate teams to empower residents toward the creation of a flourishing community and have overall responsibility for fulfilling the objectives of the Baptist Union of Victoria trading as Grassroots Placemakers in Olivine.

The first Placemaker role will be a Café Manager of the newly registered “Shared Cup”; the local café for Olivine. The Shared Cup is auspiced through an MOU between GRP and NandNY (NowandnotYet Café, Warrandyte, under the public company, “We Love Olivine). GRP have purchased a house at Olivine for this role and providing subsidy for employment.

We are fortunate to partner with Derek Bradshaw from NandNY and his appointed Café Manager Caroline McDonald who will be undertaking the activation and oversight of the Shared Cup Café.

We are also delighted to install Michelle and Brett Mitchell as the Placemakers for Olivine. Brett and Michelle have committed to place and have purchased their own home at Olivine. The family are already installed at Hume Anglican School Donnybrook – with one daughter as a teacher, one EA to the principal and Michelle as a support teacher.

The role of the Placemaker for Olivine is to:

Engage the local community to assist them to articulate a vision of “place” that they would like to see in the area, and to begin to implement components of this vision.

• Work with local organisations to develop community enterprises that can assist in meeting the needs of the community and making it a better place to live for all (e.g. this may include establishment of maintenance and gardening services).

• Negotiate and actively participate with training organisations to ensure people who are unemployed or otherwise marginalised within the local community can find meaningful work.

• Actively engage with the local community to ensure holistic wellbeing, including Pastoral Care for the community as needs arise.

• Develop and maintain relationships with relevant funding organisations that can assist to bring services into the area.

• Undertake research to understand the needs and opportunities in the community.