About Sage Leaf

What if we could amplify everything we do?

What if we could feel grounded in all our work, and help others feel the same way? These are just some of the benefits of working with place; which is what we do!

Sage Leaf Place is led by Matt Novacevski, a placemaker, planner, facilitator, researcher, writer and teacher. Matt has extensive experience across local government, academia and in supporting community-facing work.

Matt started Sage Leaf Place as a way of promoting practice and thinking that re-connects people and place at deeper levels. This stems from a belief that meaningful change affecting people’s lives happens at a local level. Sage Leaf Place’s work has encompassed strategic planning, facilitation, engagement support, coaching and placemaking support.

Matt has co-developed planning methods for rural communities, won a commendation from the Planning Insitute of Australia for research on peri-urban place identity, and won awards for his teaching at the University of Melbourne across strategic planning, particpatory engagement, placemaking and planning theory.

Matt is currently completing a PhD at the University of Melbourne on post-colonial approaches to placemaking evaluation in Australia. His expertise works at the neighbourhood level, in regional and rural towns, suburbs and bustling centres.

We invite you to get in touch, or read more of Matt’s writing on place.

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