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2019 RRBATA ANNUAL BUSINESS BREAKFAST

Mr. Michael Drapac was RRBATA guest speaker on Thursday 10th October at Glen Erin (Lancefield). Michael is founder and Chairman of Drapac Capital Partners, a highly specialized international property group. He founded the Drapac Cycling Team in 2004 to support the concept of holistic development for young elite athletes. His Romsey thoroughbred property will  breed, raise, race and re-purpose equine athletes for life after racing as well as featuring a stock saddle museum. Michael is passionate about communities being developed which enhance an area for local residents without losing character – a particularly timely discussion with Romsey’s Town Structure Plan is due to be developed over the next 2 to 3 years.

Founder and Chairman of Drapac Capital Partners – Michael Drapac – Guest Speaker

Ken from Bendigo Community Bank talks to the guests about the important role of the bank in supporting such community events like the RRBATA Annual Business Breakfast.

Greg Bland from Romsey Men’s Shed talks to the guests about the develops so far.

Guests take their places after enjoying a welcoming coffee

Members of the community including Councillors, business men and women from Romsey, Kyneton, Gisborne, Lancefield and Riddells Creek chatting prior to the start of the breakfast.

 

Michael Drapac Biography

Michael Drapac grew up in a social housing area in the northern suburbs of Melbourne with his two brothers.

Michael first left school at 16 years of age to begin his working career as an apprentice electrician.

At 20 years of age, Michael moved in to the racing industry and became a part time penciller which he continued for 18 years.

At 21 years of age Michael began his property career when he bought his first house.

At 27 years of age, Michael returned to school to study yr. 12 and continued to study at university for the next 7 years.

Michael obtained a science degree from the University of Melbourne and undertook Post Grad study in nutrition at Deakin University.

Although Michael has many diverse interests, his life’s work can generally be categorised into four areas:

  1. Medical Science
  • 1983: Co-founded the Allergy Research Org of Australia.
  • 1997-2003: Chair of the advisory board for the post-graduate school of integrative medicine at Swinburne University, whereby he cofounded the world’s first integrative medical hospital
  • 2005-2019: Member of the advisory board for NIIM (National Institute of Integrative Medicine)
  1. Property
    • 1987-2019: Oversaw approx. 130 projects in property.
    • 1989-2006: Completed Project Laurimar, whereby he won 2 national awards for sustainability.
    • 1998-1999: First property signatory in the world for UNPRI
    • 1995-current: Current holder of an AFSL
    • 2009-current: Founder and Chairman of Drapac Capital Partners
    • 2005-2009: Largest owner of land in the Melbourne CBD
    • 2009 – Built Australia’s greenest office building at that time.
    • 2011-current: Moved the Drapac Capital business to the USA. The company has $10billion in the development pipeline, which includes in excess of 10,000 acres of residential land and approximately 15 high-rise development sites.
    • Michael was the first to write in news publications that the USA would recover and suffer from an undersupply of housing.
    • Michael pioneered 40km speed limits in Australia.
  1. Cycling

Michael has been a lifelong supporter and enthusiast of cycling.

  • 2004-current: Owner of a UCI registered team
  • 2016-2018 – Co-owned World Tour cycling team – Cannondale-Drapac/EF-Drapac
  • 2017: Cannondale-Drapac came 2nd in the Tour de France
  • Michael’s team was the first major cycling team to employ a full-time wellbeing director and he has always led the way in holistic development and athlete transition in sport.
  • Michael’s cycling team has produced approximately 50 university graduates to date.
  1. Horses
    • Michael began serious horse riding from the age of 11 and still rides today, up to 3-4 times a week.
    • Michael proudly still states his first love was at 16 he fell in love with his first horse.
    • Michael has advocated and lobbied for 20 years about the ethics and the need to responsibly repurpose thoroughbred horses post-racing career.
    • He currently breeds 6 thoroughbred foals per year
    • Today Michael vigorously advocates for re-purposing of thoroughbred horses, which in his opinion begins from the time of birth.

Other interests and achievements (too numerous to mention)

2003-2010: Director of Fraynework (mission of the mercy nuns)

2008-2019: Board Member of Global Rec

1998-2001: Board Member of Cycle Sport Victoria

2010-2013:  Chairman of the advisory board of the ethics department of Monash Medical School

Hobbies

Cycling, Horses Classical Music, Australian Stock Saddles, Vintage Bikes, Lifelong mediator.

Heroes

Thomas Merton

(1915-1968), Roman Catholic writer, was a Trappist monk, social critic, and spiritual guide. Thomas Merton was born in Prades, France, on January 31, 1915, the first-born child of an American mother, born Ruth Jenkins, and a New Zealander, Owen Merton

Yvon Chouinard

(born November 9, 1938) is an American rock climber, environmentalist, and outdoor industry billionaire businessman. His company, Patagonia, is known for its environmental focus.

Keen supporter of Liberty Victoria: (https://libertyvictoria.org.au/home)

SPONSORS for the 10th Annual
RRBATA BUSINESS BREAKFAST:

Thank You

Bendigo Community Bank – Romsey

(https://www.bendigobank.com.au/branch/vic/romsey-community-bank-branch/)

Rue D’Fleur – Florist: Romsey

(https://rue-dfleur.business.site/)

On Eagles Wings: Romsey
Romsey Mowers:
Insymmetry: Romsey
Verdue Bistro: Romsey