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South Melbourne Commons: Get Involved

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on May 4th, 2010

Source: Friends of the Earth Melbourne

In 2010, FoE Melbourne commenced the development of the first Eco Market style operation in South Melbourne.  South Melbourne Commons will become a new community hub that reconnects people back to a sense of place and belonging.  The site will feature, a cafe, food cooperative, grocery store & deli with a weekly Saturday Eco Market operation starting later in the year. Weekly workshops and community activities will be a common occurrence.

There has been some fantastic progress made at so far, and they are now really scaling up the volunteer effort with Working Bees every Friday and alternating Saturday and Sundays. Help build this new community hub in South Melbourne.

A range of opportunities exist to help:

- All volunteers get a tour of the site with heritage listed features and a briefing about the South Melbourne Commons.
– Under the supervision of skilled tradespeople, help prepare the site for development – sand, paint, lift flooring, move furniture, prepare the garden beds, cut the hedges back, join the gardening team
– Cook the BBQ
– Join us for a yummy lunch & relaxing cold drink at the end of the day.
– A range of other tasks and activities can be discussed.

Location: Corner of Bank and Montague St, South Melbourne

Learn More:

Email or call Marty 0403 440 996 to learn more and get involved.

A review of this week’s excellent events! Ethical shopping and polar bears!

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on September 12th, 2008

This week I attended two quite remarkable events – both of which everyone can still participate in. The first was the Friends of the Earth (FoE) information night about the Eco-Market model. The concept behind this model is that the Eco-Market would sell the equivalent types of products (obviously not the same amount) that a normal supermarket does but every single item would meet the FoE sustainability criteria. This includes considering aspects of social sustainability – as demonstrated by the placement of the Eco-Market in schools! For more information about this developing concept visit

The second outstanding event launched last night is the Heat and Climate Change Exhibition at RMIT University. Opened by senator Bob Brown and RMIT’s Vice Chancellor, this exhibition has a high quality of paintings, photographs, installation pieces and more which are displayed beautifully in the RMIT gallery. This exhibition will be open for another month (from 12 September to 18 October) and I highly recommend people to make the effort to drop by and see the work. I mean, where else do you get to see two stuffed polar bears?!!!! Click here for more details about the event.

I encourage others to also write in about their experiences in the world of sustainability in Melbourne to share with others. To do this go to and click on “Contribute a post” at the top of the screen.