Michelle Harvey has her fingers in a lot of community pies. The 51-year-old Manor Lakes resident runs the suburb’s neighbourhood markets and also runs the yearly Biggest Morning Tea.

To cap it off, she’s just started a new business. She tells the full story to Charlene Macaulay.

 

What’s your connection to Wyndham?

I’ve been in Wyndham since 2001. I was born and bred in Queensland, but I don’t like hot weather. A friend was moving down and I always wanted to come.

I first lived in St Kilda and South Yarra, then I convinced my brother to buy a house out here. He’s in the Army, so I went shopping for the house and chose it and then moved in!

 

You run the Manor Lakes Neighbourhood Market – how did that begin?

I used to do party planning, so that’s how I know a lot of people. With that, I started doing markets and you meet a lot of market stall holders and now … everyone knows me!

 

You’ve also hosted the Manor Lakes Biggest Morning Tea for the past four years. How did that begin?

I always liked to entertain and would do morning teas at home with friends, and I thought, why not do a [fundraising] one?

The first and second year we raised $1500 each and had about 130 people through the doors both times, last year we raised $2000.

 

You’re also a business owner – tell me more.

I was selling chocolates through a company in Geelong, but I’m winding that up because I started selling weighted blankets for special needs people and it’s crazy, I have no time for both.

It’s called Red Blanket Co, I started it up in October and I supply to a shop. I’ve got a sewing background and I made one for my son, who is on the spectrum, and he loved it and a few friends wanted one, and it snowballed from that.

 

Tell me about your family.

I’m a single parent – my son, Elijah, turns 12 this week – and I have my mum living with us as well. She helps me with my son, and I help her. Most of my family is in Queensland.

 

Do you have a favourite Wyndham cafe or restaurant?

Not really. I’m part of a mum’s group that goes to all different places and try them all out.