What do placemakers do?

Placemakers cultivate neighbourliness and community.  Developers and governments are increasingly aware a neighbourhood is more than the built environment.  An enriched, healthy, safe, and fun place to live will always involve connected neighbours.  That’s where we come in.  Through genuine concern, rigorous research, and careful planning our placemakers create opportunities for neighbours to know and trust one another.  This means sharing streets, footpaths, and parks.  It also means keeping an eye out for one another and as well as allowing each person to find their place in neighbourhood.  There are no obligations for residents to be involved at any level, just opportunities to belong and feel good about the place where they live.

How we do it

In Situ– our placemakers live alongside the people in the neighbourhood and experience all the challenges and joys that place has to offer.

Our framework is asset based Community Development which empowers local residents to create their preferred futures.

In partnership with local residents we will:

  • Employ, support and train community-based placemakers to create public spaces that promote the health, happiness and well-being of individuals in particular localities across the State of Victoria
  • Provide skills training for local people experiencing unemployment to improve their chances of employment
  • Facilitate and provide community meals in localities to feed those in need
  • Develop and encourage community gardens in localities to promote interactions that connect people and address loneliness, isolation, dislocation, poverty and social exclusion
  • Address isolation and loneliness through positive use of places in local communities and through engaging residents in localities
  • Promote multicultural understanding and integration through promoting interactions in local communities
  • Address food insecurity issues of people experiencing poverty in localities by providing access to food preparation skills
  • Provide employment and training services for unemployed people in localities
  • Connect people in need of welfare and socialisation to community hubs and facilities, especially those individuals that are unemployed or marginalised, enabling them to achieve a sense of belonging to the community