Origins of Creeds Farm
Creeds Farm Living and Learning Centre was opened in 2011. The concept, design & implementation of Creeds Farm Living & Learning Centre incorporated the partnership of 5 different organisations:
- City of Whittlesea
The City of Whittlesea Council values co-ordination and shared outcomes in order to achieve the best outcome for its communities. Council is preparing itself for significant development in a number of growth areas in the coming years including Epping North’s Aurora, the largest sustainable master-planned community in Victoria.
- Hornery Institute
The Hornery Institute is an independent, boutique agency specialising in community planning and development and offering a “people centred” approach to the development of places. The mission of The Hornery Institute articulates its broader purpose as “making communities better places to live, learn, work and play”. The Hornery Institute aspire to create the best outcomes for the community by making connections and working in partnership with the appropriate stakeholders.
- Melbourne Citymission
Melbourne Citymission are widely respected for their ability to broker and lead ground breaking collaborations between communities, government, business and the not-for-profit sectors, as well as addressing critical social and economic issues in neighbourhoods where poverty, unemployment, abuse and exclusion are entrenched and intergenerational.
- North East Neighbourhood House Network
The North East Neighbourhood House Network facilitates co-ordination and linkages within the network membership and the wider community service system, provides support and resourcing to member houses, and advocates on behalf of the membership at a community, Local and State Government level.
- VicUrban (now Places Victoria)
VicUrban was the Victorian Government’s sustainable urban development agency committed to delivering prosperous and successful communities in regional and metropolitan Victoria. VicUrban works in partnership with the public and private sector and takes a leadership role in urban developments across metropolitan and regional Victoria.
Creeds Farm Living and Learning Centre is a purpose built Neighbourhood House in Epping North. We provide a gathering place with a community focus and opportunities for life-long learning, skills development, information sharing, social and recreation activities and community development. We support local community groups by providing low cost meeting and function places.
Creeds Farm was built in 2011 when there were less than 8,000 residents in the area as a place to help build and strengthen the early Epping North community. Designed and built under the Greener Houses Initiative Creeds Farm showcases a range of sustainable residential design concepts in order to demonstrate how new arrivals can build a sustainable home and how residents can live more sustainably.
Creeds Farm believes in the strength of community participation and the power of community led activities to make our neighbourhood a better place for all.
The Centre’s values underpin its strategic direction and are central to the philosophy and activities of our organisation. These values are:
Creeds Farm is a Community Governed Organisation
We are governed by a voluntary committee of management and supported by local and state government.
Our well-functioning Committee of Management meets one weeknight every 6 weeks and currently has five members.
Please contact Max Sargent on 9023 4606 / 0400 235 529 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining our Committee.
Secretary: Christina DiPiedomenico
Christina recently joined Nous as a Senior Consultant. Prior to that she was the Head of the Executive Office at the Victorian Ombudsman, and worked for Ombudsmen for over a decade here and overseas as she values fairness, making a difference and social justice. Her background is in government, law, investigations and dispute resolution.
Christina joined the Committee in 2018 and loves getting to know her local community better and supporting Creeds Farm Living and Learning Centre.
Christina is also a mentor with Leadership Victoria and La Trobe University’s Career Ready Mentoring Program.
Treasurer: Milena Schaeder
Milena comes from Poland where she studied Environmental Planning and then worked in various sectors – most recently as noise pollution specialist for governmental institution.
In 2012 she moved to Australia with her young family and started being involved in local community through playgroups at Creeds Farm. Developing her hobby crocheting Milena takes part in local Craft Markets where she connects with local makers and sells her environmentally friendly creations. As living close to nature, growing organic food and promoting healthy lifestyle was always in Milena’s focus she identifies herself with Creeds Farm’s sustainability values and initiatives.
Currently she is finishing Cert. IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping at Melbourne Polytechnic to get local qualification and go back to professional career.
She joined Creeds Farm Committee as a Treasurer in order to work closer with local community members and help to promote CFLLC values.