Creatives at the heart

The CoCreate Group is an independent company of like-minded creative entrepreneurs living and working in Central Victoria. We bring arts, community and business know-how to:
  • working collaboratively with creative people to nurture and build their entrepreneurial ventures
  • providing and harnessing leadership to establish ‘can-do’ cultures with people at the heart
  • encouraging community approaches to creative and viable regional, social-economic development.

Kir Larwill

Kir Larwill loves making spaces that welcome, working environments that energise and inspire, and contexts that nurture the work and creativity of others. She is a practising visual artist, community sector consultant, arts organiser, project manager, social researcher and writer, community participation professional, member of the first Castlemaine Artists Market committee, co-organiser of local arts enterprise initiatives, creator of exhibition and collaborative production opportunities with and for artist colleagues, and founding member and Chair of Castlemaine Press Inc. community access printmaking studio.

Kir Larwill

Melissa Proposch

Melissa Proposch enjoys creating and participating in grassroots community led initiatives and business innovation. Publisher of the entrepreneurial digital arts magazine Trouble – the first publication to predict and promote the rise of the  Central Victorian art scene – she has a deep appreciation of the energy and capacity of the local creative community. Melissa is also a practicing visual artist and printmaker, community development facilitator, project manager, and communications professional. She is a founding member and Vice Chair of Castlemaine Press Inc. and is inspired by community spirit, grey box forests and big open country skies.

Melissa Proposch

Rhonda Chapman

Rhonda Chapman thrives in challenging people to make great things happen. As a partnership and collaboration specialist, she brings diverse people together to move forward. Her approach as an international aid consultant is empowering and human driven. Internationally and nationally Rhonda is recognised by her peers as a leader and sort-after mentor in the aid and partnering sectors. She is an experienced Board Director, having provided leadership to many social enterprises and small businesses. And blending all this together is her enterprising approach, which comes to the fore as co-founder of Cohoots Coworking in Castlemaine, with a penchant for peer learning and real engagement. Her work can involve an international project where three different languages are spoken, to co-designing frameworks with a group of organisations, to supporting a local enterprise. Definitely a life where each day is different.

 

Rhonda Chapman

Tim Ford

Tim Ford is an activator, passionate about local micro-businesses and the energy that can be generated in enterprising communities. As co-founder of CoHoots Coworking, he ‘lives’ with a diverse bunch of enterprising people, supporting their endeavours and those of the broader community. As a qualified business coach with broad networks that challenge and inspire his viewpoints, Tim is at the forefront of trends in regional socio-economic development. Being one of the leaders of regional coworking, Tim has presented at national and international conferences on activating micro-enterprises in regional communities.
At the same time, he has also been referred to as a “walking dad joke”, so beware!

 

Tim Ford

We work together

CoCreate build connections based on a shared understanding of our regional community and economic life, and big expectations of what’s possible

Our region

Seeing and loving what’s local, fostering peer learning, capitalising on the skills and wisdom that abound in our region, and bringing strength from outside where it can build on these assets

Knowledge

Drawing on knowledge that is grounded in regional arts, real world business experience, connection to community and place, and an appreciation of creative entrepreneurship and lifestyle

Collaboration

Recognising the value of partnerships and collaborations with other organisations and of complementing and cooperating with established and emerging entrepreneurs

Belonging

Believing in the huge influence that fun, belonging, passion and identity have on innovation and growth

Creative Spaces

Big advocates of creative spaces that encourage and enable people to come together to share ideas, experiences, resources and inspiration and turn opportunities and possibilities into professional development and success