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Find about our formal Parenting Preparation Program and our free education sessions on a variety of relevant topics

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Our project, partnering with local businesses to provide a family friendly shopping experience – Live Local, Shop Local

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Our handy guide to family friendly services, eateries, activities and tips for parents in the Baw Baw & Latrobe Shires

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Centre Partners

Home About Events News Contact   Centre Partners Thanks to the following businesses for their support in establishing our Centre at the Barkly St premises in 2014. Through financial donations to budget for rent of a premises close to town to provide parent room facilities to local families, these businesses played a key role in

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Mother’s Day Fundraising Time Again!

Register to host a baby shower for an unknown mum and an unknown baby AND/OR host a baby bottle at your home, workplace or business for collection of coins throughout the month of May.  Hit up our contact page to get in touch!  

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Community Baby Shower

To celebrate Mother’s Day this year, Olivia’s Place is hosting a Community Baby Shower on Saturday the 30th April at the Warragul Palmerston Street Stall Kiosk! Community members can engage in some fun baby shower games and commit to helping a local mum in need by hosting a Baby Shower by taking a Party Pack,

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Queen Bee Maternity Wear Donation

Big thank you to Queen Bee Maternity Wear for donating an extremely generous amount of brand new maternity clothing for expectant mums.  We’re so grateful for the support!  

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International Women’s Day

Kirsten is to be on a panel for a breakfast, hosted by Women in Gippsland on Tuesday March 8th in celebration of International Women’s Day. Bookings essential.  Come along to hear from Kirsten and some other local women with causes close to their hearts.    

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Volunteer Information Sessions

Interested in joining the team?  We have two sessions coming up for you to find out more.   Registrations essential.  

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Baw Baw Shire Medallion for Olivia’s Place work

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Kirsten Finger, Centre Manager, awarded a Baw Baw Shire Australia Day Medallion for her work with Olivia’s Place.  Warragul Gazette coverage 2.2.16    

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Priceline Pharmacy Warragul Donates

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Priceline Pharmacy in Warragul got together all the gold coin donations they received from gift wrapping over the Christmas period, and used them to purchase a whole heap of amazing items that will be put to very good use for our local families. What an amazing way to support our service, and to show support

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December 2015 Media Coverage

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Olivia’s Place is bringing a 2016 Olive Guide to Latrobe Valley.  Mid Valley Express coverage 3.12.15    

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Media Release – McKenzie Allen Lawyers Pledges Support for Olivia’s Place

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2015 Media Release 01 December – McKenzie Allen Lawyers Pledges Support for Olivia’s Place

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Babywearing Information Sessions & Lending Library

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Kirsten has been endorsed with Babywearing Victoria Incorporated as a Peer Educator for babywearing.  This means Olivia’s Place is now able to help you learn about babywearing and its benefits and inform you about various carrier options. We’ve also received donations of carriers from ByKay and Babes in Arms to start us off with a

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October 2015 Media Coverage

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Olivia’s Place partners with Melissa Campbell, a mum in Moe trying to improve public breastfeeding support in her local community.  

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Victorian Regional Achievement & Community Awards

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Olivia’s Place is nominated for Community Group of the Year and Kirsten is a Finalist in the category of Gippsland Regional Achiever with the Victorian Regional  Achievement and Community Awards. 

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September 2015 Media Coverage

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Olivia’s Place raises over $17,000 from our annual Father’s Day Dinner & Fundraising Auction. Warragul Gazette coverage 15.9.15      

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Media Release – Olivia’s Place Celebrates Dads

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2015 Media Release 01 September – Olivia’s Place Celebrates Dads

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August 2015 Media Coverage

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Olivia’s Place prepares to ‘Celebrate Dads’ with our annual dinner & auction.  We enter fundraising mode to raise funds for services in 2016, and local council plans to develop a sponsorship policy to respond to sponsorship of local events such as our annual dinner/auction.  Warragul Gazette coverage 18.8.15 and 11.8.15  

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Media Release – Olivia’s Place in Fundraising Mode

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2015 Media Release 30 July – Olivia’s Place in Fundraising Mode

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June 2015 Media Coverage

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Drouin Rotary responds to our appeal for donations in order to deliver services throughout our lease agreement in 2016.  Warragul Gazette coverage 16.6.15 and 30.6.15    

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St Kilda Mums Supports Us

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We travelled to St Kilda Mums, where we received valuable training from their team (including Jessica McPherson – CEO) in safely checking and preparing preloved nursery items to families.  St Kilda Mums is being incredibly generous in their time and expertise whilst assisting us to setup this new aspect of our service, and we are

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May 2015 Media Coverage

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We get some media coverage on Win News Gippsland for our Baby Shower Blitz, and the Lioness Club of Warragul invited us to speak to their group about our work.  

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April 2015 Media Coverage

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Media coverage in the local Trader for our upcoming Baby Shower Blitz annual fundraiser to occur through May.    

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Quick Links Click Here

Welcome to the Olivia’s Place Web Application for mobile devices. You can navigate through the pages using the menu that you will find access to at the top right corner of the main screen.  Access this by clicking on the ‘Go To’ option of the menu. In this area you can also choose to view

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Media Release – Baby Shower Blitz Fundraising Time!

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2015 Media Release April 9th – Baby Shower Blitz Fundraising Time!

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January 2015 Media Coverage

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We prepare to welcome some new team members with our annual Volunteer Information Sessions.  We also feature in the Warragul Gazette coverage for having received a $3000 Community Development Grant from the Baw Baw Shire for our parenting preparation program – Baby Steps: Parenting Matters – to launch this year.    

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November 2014 Media Coverage

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We receive $10,000 from Trinity Families towards professional development training for our team and we have an Open Day celebrating the official opening of our centre at Barkly St, Warragul.  At the Open Day, Member for Eastern Victoria Andrew Ronalds announces a commitment of $50,000 per year for 4 years government funding if the Liberal

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Media Release – Olivia’s Place Receives Funding for Training

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2014 Media Release 07 Nov – Olivia’s Place Receives Funding for Training

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Media Release – Olivia’s Place to Open Doors

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2014 Media Release 03 October – Olivia’s Place to Open Doors

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September 2014 Media Coverage

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We celebrate reaching our initial fundraising goal of $125,000 needed in order to commit to a lease and establish formal premises.   Warragul Gazette coverage 2.9.14 Page 2    

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Media Release – Olivia’s Place Celebrates Dads

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2014 Media Release 01 September – Olivia’s Place Celebrates Dads

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Media Release – Olivia’s Place Commits to Premises

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2014 Media Release 25 August – Olivia’s Place Commits to Premises

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August 2014 Media Coverage

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The Warragul Business Group pledges financial support to assist us in bridging the budget gap to lease premises close to town, and provide a parenting room in place of the recently relocation of Family Children’s Services away from the centre of town.  They encourage other businesses to do the same, and the Warragul Gazette  announces

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Media Release – Warragul Business Group Backs Olivia’s Place and Local Families

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2014 Media Release 04 August – Warragul Business Group Backs Olivia’s Place and Local Families

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June 2014 Media Coverage

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With the soon to occur relocation of Family & Children’s Services to Normanby St, and with it the town’s parent room facilities, locals are starting to identify Olivia’s Place as a possibility to fill the void.  We determine that the need is indeed there, and commence a search for rental premises near to the town

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Media Release – Olivia’s Place Reaches Fundraising Goal

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2014 Media Release 28 May – Olivia’s Place Reaches Fundraising Goal

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April 2014 Media Coverage

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We put a call out to local businesses to sponsor our outdoor event parent room (baby change and feeding facilities) so that we’re able to purchase our own equipment to continue to provide the service to local families on an ongoing basis. Trader coverage 10.4.14 Page 3      

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November 2013 Media Coverage

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We launch our sustainability fundraiser, the ‘Project 500’, seeking 500 supporters to commit to donation $200 a year over 3 years.  Local MP Gary Blackwood signs up at the launch event.  Warragul Gazette coverage 5.11.13 and 19.11.13          

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Media Release – Project 500 Launch a Success

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2013 Media Release 09 Nov – Project 500 Launch a Success

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Media Release – Olivia’s Place Receives Much Needed Boost

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2013 Olivia’s Place Media Release 31 Oct – Olivia’s Place Receives Much Needed Boost

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Media Release – 500 People Needed to Support Local Families

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2013 Olivia’s Place Media Release 30 Oct – 500 People Needed to Support Local Families

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October 2013 Media Coverage

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The Warragul Evening View club invites us to speak to their group and share about our work and future plans.  Warragul Gazette coverage 29.10.13        

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September 2013 Media Coverage

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Local MP Gary Blackwood wins the Warragul Gazette footy tipping competition and donates his prize of $1,500 worth of advertising int he newspaper to Olivia’s Place.  We provide an update to the community on our plans, our fundraising successes, and the ways that we’re already helping local families.  Warragul Gazette coverage 3.9.13 and 10.9.13  

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May 2013 Media Coverage

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We hold our inaugural annual Mother’s Day fundraiser, the Baby Shower Blitz.  Warragul Gazette coverage 8.5.13  

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December 2012 Media Coverage

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Catholic Life runs an article on our plans to fundraise and establish Olivia’s Place in the Baw Baw Shire.  Page 8

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