WESTSIDER PROFILES: CONRAD TRACEY

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Currently Chief Operations Officer at Inspire9, the organisation responsible for the management and promotion of Footscray’s fantastic co-working space The Dream Factory, Conrad is excited about the opportunities opening up in the west.

He is new to the area but has spent plenty of time out this way playing lacrosse and AFL 9s with the Greens – he really enjoys the connection to grassroots sports and has witnessed first-hand how this extends to the inner-west community.

A keen drummer, he is founder of Revolver Creative and Revolver Drums and still works as a session musician. Co-working is his passion, and it’s an area he has helped develop over the last six years.

He sees The Dream Factory as a great opportunity to embrace this community and nurture the people and ideas coming out of it.

“I’ve enjoyed working closely with local community to engage and encourage people to launch and scale their own businesses and to help foster their creative ideas – that’s the mentality The Dream Factory offers the west.”

Conrad loves the camaraderie of the local community, and how they genuinely help each other. To him it’s clearly a tight knit and supportive place to live and work.

“What I really love about the west is that it feels really raw and gritty, has lots of character and huge potential.”

He’s also passionate about helping young people, regardless of their background. Through his work with Youth Now, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Victoria University and RMIT, as well as the Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley Local Learning and Employment Network, he’s run sessions to unlock opportunities for them to build, prosper and actively follow their dreams.

Naturally Conrad loves the food in the west, and has a few favourites! African Taste Cafe and The Copper Pot in Seddon top his list, with his favourite dish being the fancy Mac n Cheese (Truffle Käsespätzle).

“It’s literally the best way to spend $15 in the west!”

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