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Fun interior design ideas for summer!

January 06 / 2020

There’s no better way to start a new year than by freshening up your home decor. The team at Manzeene has put together some of our favourite tips and tricks to breathe new life into your living space.

1. Switch up your doona: Whether you want to brighten up or darken your bedroom space, swapping out your doona cover is an easy and effective way of changing the feel of the room. Adding in a new throw or cushions will make it feel like a brand-new space.
2. Add some colour to your outdoor space: There’s nothing better than spending a warm summer night outside. Add some colour to your outdoor setting by incorporating a patterned rug or some printed pillows.
3. Make it twinkle: Embrace warmer nights and string some fairy lights outdoors to create a truly magical atmosphere.
4. Summer scents: Burning a candle might not seem like the usual summer activity but it’s an effective way to bring a tropical scent into the home, especially on those duller summer days.
5. Add some greenery: Plants are a fantastic way to add colour to your home, while also offering a great opportunity to get creative with different pots and vases.

Your guide to the First Home Owner Grant

November 04 / 2019

In Victoria, a $10,000 grant is available to those building or buying their first home. The First Home Owner Grant (FHOG) can be paid in addition to other exemptions and concessions for eligible buyers and if you’re looking to purchase in regional Victoria, the grant amount increases to $20,000.

Your first home must be a house, townhouse, apartment or unit and less than five years old. It must be valued at or under $750,000 and be the first time the property has been sold as a residential premise.

Furthermore, it mustn’t be an investment property or holiday house and the FHOG payment will be paid depending on the timing of your contract signing.

Find out more about the FHOG and your eligibility here.

Provenance Spring Banquet

October 07 / 2019

Join Provenance Wines in celebrating the season at its’ Spring Banquet on Saturday, 19 October.

The menu has been specially created by chef Will Manning and is designed to be shared, with guests beginning their night with large antipasto patters, before moving onto large sharing dishes of lamb, chicken and delicious sides. The elegant menu has been curated to complement the wonderful wines on offer at Provenance Wines.

Guests will also be treated to a live performance by the Lewis-Florez Duo, who will play flamenco music in the front room before dinner commences.

Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of this rustic dining experience by booking now. More information on this exciting event can be found here.

Event information:

When: Saturday, 19 October 2019, 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Where: Provenance Wines, 100 Lower Paper Mill Road, Fyansford

Tips for first home buyers

September 04 / 2019

Buying your first house is a huge achievement and for many people a milestone moment. While taking this next step toward your future is exciting, it can also be an overwhelming process. Our team at Manzeene Village have put together our top tips for first home buyers. We want to take the stress out of buying so you can enjoy the exciting adventure ahead!

1. Work out your budget: Working out your budget is an essential part of the house-hunting process. Whether you’re buying alone or with someone else, make sure you have a firm overview of your current incomings and outgoings. When the time comes to make an offer, stick to your budget and avoid over-extending yourself.

2. Sort out your debt: It’s important to pay off as much of your existing debt as possible prior to applying for a loan while also making sure you’re aware of any black marks that exist in your credit history.

3. Research all home loan options: The home loan market is complex and expansive as there are many different types of mortgages. Finding the type of loan that matches your needs is crucial.

4. Find out if you are eligible for any government grant or concessions: Make sure you do your research and get in contact with your local state member to find out what type of incentives are available to you.

5. Get pre-approval: While the process of buying your first home can feel like a long one, you want to be ready to move quickly when you find your dream home. Get in touch with a lender and get pre-approval on your loan. Most pre-approvals only last for 90 days, so make sure you stay in touch with your lender to ensure you have a current approval.

6. Set a limit for upfront and ongoing costs: Make sure you’re across all of the additional costs that come with buying your home and factor them in.

7. Figure out your house hunting strategy: Spend some time thinking about your bottom line and the things you will not compromise on to get a better idea of the type of property you are looking for. You must consider factors such as location or whether you want to renovate and use these to determine what you are looking for.

8. Consider local amenities: Consider external factors like proximity to supermarkets, schools and public transport when looking for your new home.

9. Test appliances: Before making an offer, make sure any existing appliances are in working order such as hot water tanks, dishwashers and wiring.

10. Get expert help: Buyers agents can help you with the whole buying process, while a mortgage broker can navigate the loan market if you can’t. Make sure you have a licensed conveyancer look over your contract thoroughly.

Finding Our Family Home

August 23 / 2019

Carol and her partner Iain knew they wanted to settle in Lara when they began searching for their first home together. When they found Dacland’s Manzeene Village, it felt right from day one.

Hailing from the Bellarine Peninsula, Carol had been through the process of purchasing a home before but was delighted at how thorough and helpful the sales team at Manzeene Village was.

“We just felt really comfortable there. We went into another sales office and it just didn’t feel the same,” said Carol.

One feature that attracted the couple to Manzeene Village was the number of green spaces and parklands close by. One of their favourite spots is the beautiful Serendip Sanctuary, having already visited three times since settling in Lara. Iain’s two children also love the outdoors and exploring the area around them.

“We do a lot of bush walking and being outdoors, and love to discover new things in the area,” explained Carol.

For Carol who drives to work, the location of Manzeene Village in the heart of Lara was hugely appealing. Another bonus is the communities’ proximity to Lara station, particularly for Iain who commutes to Melbourne’s CBD each day for work.

Currently renting in the area while they build, they are the first of their friends and family to settle at Manzeene Village. Having chosen Henley as their builder and with designs for their future home finalised, both Carol and Iain are excited for what is to come.

Carol and Iain feel like they have found the place they’ll call home for years to come and the Dacland team are so pleased to welcome them to Manzeene Village!

South Geelong Farmers Market has your Sunday sorted!

August 09 / 2019

Nestled in the confluence of three rich agricultural regions, Greater Geelong is fast becoming the centre of a blossoming gourmet and artisan food culture!

The South Geelong Farmers Market is proud to add its support to this growing economy, by providing a marketplace for authentic locally made and freshly grown produce to the communities of the area.

South Geelong Farmers Market operates on the first and third Sunday of each month, so we hope to see you and the family there!

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Little Teapot Café & Play proves a hit with Lara locals!

July 22 / 2019

Located only a five-minute drive from Manzeene, Little Teapot is a not-for-profit registered charity with all profits going back to the community. They are passionate about providing a welcoming community hub offering good value, family-friendly service and a safe environment for parents and children to enjoy.

The menu is full of locally sourced ingredients for their fresh, homemade range of cupcakes and scones. This is accompanied by delicious savoury options including fruit toast, focaccias, soups, salads and frittatas, along with toasties and nutritious platters for the children.

Little Teapot Café & Play is located at 76 Flinders Avenue, Lara and open Tuesday-Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Make sure you call 03 5291 5064 to book a table!

Melbourne’s shifting property market signals opportunity for buyers

July 12 / 2019

Announcements like the recent record interest rate cut mean great news for home-hunters, while according to real estate experts, property values in Melbourne have lifted for the first time since 2017, a good sign for those looking to build equity and value in their home quickly.

The confidence boost and increased certainty in the housing sector has been attributed to the recent stabilisation of the government as a result of the re-election of the Coalition. Alongside this, APRA has recently confirmed it will remove the 7 per cent interest rate buffer for residential mortgage lending, with the change set to boost purchasers borrowing capacity.

Additionally, significant previous cuts to official interest rates have already had a positive flow-on effect, with reporting rising search results for properties in Melbourne and impressive clearance rates.

With property forecasters predicting further growth in the next 12 months, and interest rates at an all-time (and now historic!) low, there is a significant opportunity now for buyers to capitalise on the market – particularly for first-home buyers looking to get their foot-up with their first home.

To find out more about the exceptional lots available within our communities, or to talk to an expert about opportunities in Melbourne’s property market, call us on 0419 914 637.

Lara Creatives Colouring Group

June 27 / 2019

Build social connections and get creative in the local community at Lara Creatives Colouring Group! Bring your own creative project to work on or use the colouring pages and materials provided to create your own masterpiece. Browse the shelves and find endless books on creative activities and chat to those in your community about hobbies, books, writing and much more.

When: Tuesday, 2 July

Time: 6:45pm – 8:00pm

Where: Lara Library

5 Walkers Road


For more information, please visit: to book your free class now.

Find out what’s happening in your community with our latest issue of Living Today.

August 13 / 2017

The Winter edition of Living Today is filled with information for first home buyers, community updates and guides to the fantastic local areas surrounding our communities. 

Dacland gets into the Nitty Gritty of the State Government’s first home buyer incentives, to explain what your eligible for and how you can make the most of it at Manzeene Village. 

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First home? Make Manzeene Village your first choice!

June 30 / 2017

Lara just skyrocketed up the list for great locations to build your first home with a massive $20,000* First Home Owners Grant and removal of stamp duty applicable from July 1. Already emerging as a location to watch, Lara just became even more affordable suburb for first home buyers.

The State Government has increased the First Home Owner Grant to $20,000* when a first home buyer builds their new home in Regional Victoria, and removed stamp duty costs on all properties below $600,000* for first home buyers. Dacland Managing Director John C. Dwyer, believes that new incentives for first home buyers will benefit purchasers at Manzeene Village.

“There’s never been a better time to enter the market, The doubling of the First Home Owners Grant for regional Victoria provides a great incentive for buyers to check out Lara. With Lara emerging as a hot spot for new home buyers, the grants applicability to newly built homes means that Manzeene Village is a great place to start out,”said John.

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The latest edition of Living Today.

February 27 / 2017

The latest edition of Living Today is packed with information for new home buyers. We’re excited about the year ahead, with the first homes already under construction at Rothwell in Tarneit and King’s Leigh in Werribee, and first land titles imminent at other Dacland Communities including Manzeene Village. Local homebuyers tell us why they decided to build in a Dacland community and this issue offers some great interior design tips on planning your open plan living space. For these stories and more read the latest edition.

Family needs are front and centre at Dacland’s new Manzeene Village community in Lara.

December 05 / 2016

Family needs are front and centre at Dacland’s new Manzeene Village community in Lara. “Why would I want to live here with my family” is the first question Dacland’s Managing Director asks himself when he creates a new community. Read more about Dacland’s approach in a recent article published in the Herald Sun’s Best of Melbourne Estates publication.

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The Spring edition of Living Today includes plenty of great information for home buyers.

December 02 / 2016

Dacland renews its partnership with the Western Bulldogs to promote healthy active lifestyles in the west, we look at how successful communities are formed and this issue includes some inspirational home design tips. We also speak to homeowners at Manzeene Village in Lara about why they decided to buy in a Dacland community.

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Choice is clear at Manzeene Village

November 02 / 2016

Homebuyers often make trade-offs when looking for an affordable home with access to everything they need. That’s why many homebuyers are choosing Manzeene Village which offers large lots from $165,000, an easy commute to Melbourne and Geelong, and a great lifestyle close to the bush and the beach.

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Lara’s location a boon for buyers – Saturday October 15th

October 15 / 2016

Manzeene Village homebuyer, Daniel Mayall is one of many homebuyers choosing to live in Lara for easy access to both Melbourne and Geelong. The Geelong Advertiser recently looked at commuting and identified Lara as a great spot to buy.

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Love Coming Home to Manzeene Village

October 14 / 2016

First time homebuyers Lauren and Max are excited to call Manzeene Village home. For Lauren it’s a long-awaited return to Lara, where she grew up.

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Getting in early – Manzeene Village appeals to young homebuyers

August 26 / 2016

Manzeene Village is an attractive and affordable option for savvy young home buyers who are getting into the housing market early to create equity to buy another home in the future. The Geelong Advertiser’s GT magazine recently featured Lara local and Manzeene Village home buyer, Daniel Mayall, who talks about the benefits of getting into the housing market early.

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Living Today Winter 2016

August 04 / 2016

In this issue of Living Today there’s something for everyone. We take a look at indoor/outdoor living spaces and why verandas are so good. Living Today speaks to different types of homebuyers including a young buyer investing at Manzeene Village and a couple looking forward to moving back to Lara.

For all this and more read the latest edition of Dacland’s Living Today.

Teaming up with the Western Bulldogs

August 02 / 2016

Geelong couple David and Dee Baxter, winners of Dacland’s trip to Cairns with the Western Bulldogs, recently returned from their trip relaxed after holidaying, dining and footy in Queensland.

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Lara kids train with the Western Bulldogs

July 25 / 2016

A group of Lara Football Club junior players sharpened their skills with the help of Western Bulldogs players at Dacland’s pop-up clinic at Whitten Oval on 21 July 2016.

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Designer for a day

July 15 / 2016

Melton Secondary College student Milly Wall recently put her passion for design to good use when she became part of Dacland’s design team for a day.

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Cairns trip – we have a winner!

June 08 / 2016

Congratulations to David and Dee Baxter of Geelong West who have won a VIP holiday in Cairns courtesy of Manzeene Village! Their prize includes return tickets to Cairns travelling with the Western Bulldogs, reserved seating and match day function at the Bulldogs vs Gold Coast Round 17 AFL game, and a high seas adventure including a full day of deep sea fishing and snorkelling. All the best to David and Dee – have a fabulous holiday. We can’t wait to see the pictures when you get back.

Living Today Autumn 2016

May 25 / 2016

Living Today takes a look at how Dacland uses intelligent design to help build strong communities. We celebrate construction starting at Manzeene Village and find out why this new community appeals to first home buyers Shari and Andrew. Check out tips on interior decorating and details on how to win a trip to Cairns with the Western Bulldogs. For all this and more read the latest edition of Dacland’s Living Today.

Ongoing Partnership with Lara Chamber Of Commerce

May 15 / 2016

The Chamber’s aim is to provide a improved service to their members and the Lara community. To view more, click here

Landowners unite for village development

May 05 / 2016

A Plan hatched at a barbecue more than 15 years ago has reaped rewards for a group of Lara landowners behind a new residential development in the growing suburb.

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Manzeene Village rain gardens to enhance local environment

April 22 / 2016

Manzeene Village in Lara is to feature two rain gardens which will create a beautiful natural environment and improve water quality in the surrounding area.

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Ground breaking celebration at Manzeene Village

April 01 / 2016

An enthusiastic gathering of new home purchasers, landowners and locals came together recently to celebrate the start of construction at Dacland’s Manzeene Village in Lara – a community born of a unique partnership.

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Lara landowners unite to build a new residential development

March 24 / 2016

A plan hatched at a barbecue more than 15 years ago has reaped rewards for a group of Lara landowners behind a new residential development in the growing suburb.

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Construction Begins

March 17 / 2016

Construction is now underway at Manzeene Village, Dacland’s new residential community in Lara. It’s a significant milestone for this ground-breaking community that began as a bold idea at a barbeque more than 15 years ago.

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Construction Commenced

February 10 / 2016

Some exciting news from Dacland this week – construction is now underway at Manzeene Village!

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