2018 Maker + Co Program Coming Soon!

Trading in space and time, we are on a mission to grow an inclusive community AND improve the startup and small business landscape in the South West. We do this by driving economic diversity; refusing to accept the status quo; incubating creative and innovative entrepreneurs and making sure marginalised people are front and centre in our thinking and planning.  

In 2018, Maker + Co will deliver a program aimed at growing the most creative, innovative and inclusive community possible.  We will present meet ups, workshops, lectures, member only events and lots more throughout the year to make sure we are as valuable as possible to YOU. 

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Maker + Co to Launch Artisan Retail Space

The face of the Maker + Co building is changing.  The owners are completing extensive works on the externals of our wonderful building that will result in 75b Victoria Street becoming one of the most iconic buildings in the city of Bunbury.  The interior of Maker is always changing but retains the eclectic cool that is has always maintained.  This is an opportunity for you to get in on the ground floor of what is hoped to become the premier artisan retail space in the South West and beyond.

We will be developing a curated retail space at the entrance of our offices at 75b Victoria Street Bunbury. In keeping with our mission to assist innovative and creative businesses and organisations we are looking for artists and artisans in the South West who would like to showcase and sell their works from Maker + Co.  We have developed some flexible packages that will suit most people.

If you are interested call Craig on 0438909019 or email craig@makerandco.net.au


Maker + Co \ Bunuru 'Second Summer

There’s a lot of stuff going on upstairs at Maker + Co and we are ridiculously excited to start sharing that all with you through our blog. We will get into the details of our business, and the people behind the brand (the fun bit!) as the weeks progress. Maker + Co is split into three focus areas; Co Working, Innovation + Creativity, it basically means we get to work on some amazing projects with awesome partners.

First up, we wanted to introduce you to our way of programming in relation to the Six Nyoongar Seasons, timely, as today is the start of Bunuru. This falls neatly into Creativity, headed up by the amazing Colette McEntee (Arts Consultant, passionate advocate for arts in regional areas, aboriginal development in the arts, development of artists in the arts, basically, all the creative hat stuff) if you haven’t met Colette yet, never fear, her blog bio post is coming up shortly…

Bunuru (February + March) is also known as the ‘Second Summer’, it’s the hottest part of the year, and a time when traditionally, everyone headed to the coastal areas and rivers to fish and crab, and take advantage of the cooling sea breezes in the afternoons. It’s an awesome time in the South West, with the abundance of seafood on offer, mullet, whiting and crabs all fattening up nicely and being enjoyed by all. I was having a yarn with Troy Bennell about Bunuru, trying to understand the ‘feeling’ of what traditional aboriginal groups would be up to for the next two months. It was a great insight, there are plenty of ceremonies and gatherings, and it’s a really sociable time of the year. There is a lot of activity by the coast, but interestingly, the older generations prefer to head on up the Collie River, it was a time for yarning, doing business, and planning for the time ahead. Extended family were involved, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents and it built a real sense of community and camaraderie.

So it is for us, the Bunuru season is a challenging time in a historic building with lack of climate control, so we will be getting out and about, focusing on our facilitation services, traveling around (sticking to the coast) and building our sense of community in the Creativity space, extending our partnerships (more on that in the coming months), and generally having a great time. We’d love to know what Bunuru Season means for you, and your family, and how the weather and the seasons shape your mood. For me, it’s my favorite season of the year. The hotter the better, and those long summer evenings spent with family and friends, getting excited about the festivals and celebrations in the next couple of months, as well as networking with our business buddies, means we can set ourselves up for an amazing 2017!


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Social Enterprise Opportunities Portal Launches

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