Our House

Creeds Farm is a Community Governed Organisation

Our Philosophy

Creeds Farm believes in the power of community led activities and in working with our community to create a vibrant, connected neighbourhood.

Our Values

The Centre’s values underpin its strategic direction and are central to the philosophy and activities of our organisation. These values are:

  • ConnectionWe connect with each other and connect people to opportunities, support, learning and community.
  • EmpowermentWe enable community participation and support self-awareness and people taking action to meet their needs.
  • DiversityWe celebrate people’s strengths, skills and potential, learn from each other and promote inclusiveness.
  • WelcomingWe are positive, kind and bring good will and good humour to all we do.

Our Committee

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 5 members.

Office Bearers

For more information, contact Max Sargent, Manager on 0400 235 529 or email manager@creedsfarm.org.au.

Christina DiPierdomenico
President

Christina is an insightful and outcomes focused leader motivated to help people and communities flourish. She’s worked in government and management consulting across a broad range of portfolios including organisational performance and development, strategy and planning, change management, communications and engagement, education and training and executive advice and support. She worked for Ombudsmen for over a decade in Australia and overseas. Her background is in law, investigations and dispute resolution. Christina values fairness, making a difference and social justice. 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.

Vinay Nair
General Member

I moved to Australia 17 years ago and through reflection (and of course therapy helped), I have reframed my life experiences and discovered my passion for working with people. I then retrained as a Counsellor and over the last 10 years, have been using these skills as a Support Worker, Educator and Manager to help others with their mental, emotional and social well-being. I am based just off Findon Rd, Epping and I work as a Mental Health Facilitator, Trainer, Educator for Student Counsellors and as an Adviser. My mission is to reduce inequality and promote a fair and inclusive society for everyone.

Nicholas Brain
General Members

Origins of Creeds Farm

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.

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.

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 City Mission | 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 inter-generational.
  • 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.

Rules

Rules of Creeds Farm

Annual Reports  

Annual Report 2019 – 2020

Annual Report 2018 – 2019

Annual Report 2017 – 2018

Annual Report 2016 – 2017

Annual Report 2015 – 2016

Annual Report 2014 – 2015

Annual Report 2013 – 2014

Annual Report 2012 – 2013

Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan 2016 – 2020

Strategic Plan 2020 – 2024

Community Development Plan

CD Plan 2020-2024