In an effort to communicate the great spirit of cultural connections and to encourage the nurturing of this beautiful, yet fragile environment in which we live, 4DVERSE aims to create an arts, culture and wellbeing space that will bridge our local and international communities. 4DVERSE specialises in services to produce, promote and distribute cultural, entertaining, health and sustainability based content, through cultural events, arts programs, health-based workshops and the development of multi-media productions utilising video, animation and a broad range of design practices.
60L Green Building
The Australian Conservation Foundation's 60L is unique in its approach to energy and water consumption and the use of recycled and re-used materials during construction. Water runs through the building, plants grow on the roof and a heritage facade hides the latest energy efficient technologies. Tenants include a host of environment and conservation groups including Environment Victoria, BirdLife Australia, World Wildlife Fund and Victoria National Parks Association. Eco store Going Solar is on the ground floor. There is a long list of groups on the waiting list for tenancy. Meeting spaces are available for hire.
60 Leicester Street Carlton VIC 3053
email available via ACF website
Arid Lands Environment Centre
ALEC is a founding consortium member of both Alice Solar City and Alice Water Smart. It has developed community food and education networks across a wide-range of partner organisations and groups and continues to advocate strongly for a nuclear-free, renewable energy future. ALEC’s strength is its ability to deliver sustainability programs while continually working to inspire and influence ecologically-sustainable policy. ALEC is represented on a host of government committees, stakeholder reference groups and expert panels, while maintaining a holistic, community-based approach to environmental protection and sustainability in the arid zone.
We are seeking volunteers who are able to help with offfice administrative support, our upcoming Ecofair, at the community garden, ALEC info stalls, and fundraising at specific times, eg. camel burger stalls, other ALEC events. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest, and then we can contact you when needed.
Cairns and Far North Environment Centre
CAFNEC acts as conservation council for the region from Cardwell north to Torres Strait and from the east coast to the Gulf of Carpentaria. The Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics World Heritage Areas are included. Collaboration with other conservation organisations on environmental issues of state and national importance has become increasingly important. Some of our main functions include: campaigning for the FNQ environment – everything from grass roots activism to political lobbying at a local, State and Federal level; representing environmental interests in the Far North region to tourism, agricultural/industry; sponsoring grants for projects and research on matters relating to the region’s environment; and maintaining an easily accessible community library and resource centre with materials relating to environmental issues.
There are many ways you can help out with our campaigns – from office administration to research, media and promotions to event logistics. Volunteers also gain valuable experience and skills in campaigning, running events and various other areas. Join the new Marine Response Team and help protect our fish, dolphins, dugongs, turtles and corals from a a daunting range of threats. Email us or give us a call. Thank you. We can’t wait to meet you
27-29 Greenslopes St Edge Hill QLD 4870
PO Box 323N Cairns North QLD 4870
07 4032 1746
Canberra Environment Centre
CEC works directly with the community to ensure a better environment for the ACT through targeted education, information and practical application. We recognise that a healthy and vibrant community is much more able to take care of itself and its environment than a fragmented one. Our projects support the community to nourish itself and the environment together, and to sustain themselves into the future. Our work is underpinned by the Earth Charter.
Come along to our workshops or book the centre for your own environment group or project. Our facilities include a large meeting room and library, smaller meeting room, fully equipped kitchen and bathroom. We are on the scenic lake bike path, close to two bus stops and have off-street parking.
Crn Lawson Crescent and Lennox Crossing, Acton Peninsula, ACT
GPO Box 1875 Canberra ACT 2601
02 6248 0885
CERES Community Environment Park
What began as a squat on a unwanted patch of land has grown into Melbourne's centre of urban ecology and sustainable learning. CERES is a not for profit educational organisation that sits on 4 hectares of rehabilitated landfill in East Brunswick on the Merri Creek. At CERES you can wander the community veggie patches and revegetated native gardens, stop by the nursery, market, and cafe, take a guided tour, attend a workshop, and so much more. In fact, there's so much going on at CERES its impossible to fit it in here, you just have to check out their website.
Cnr Roberts and Stewart Streets Brunswick East VIC 3057
03 9389 0100
Commonground near Seymour in Mitchell Shire, just over an hour’s drive or train trip north of Melbourne is a resource created for social action and environment groups to train and retreat. The tranquil bush setting, sustainable design and homely feel make it ideal for groups to hold workshops, share ideas and plan for the future. Commonground offers meeting spaces and accommodation with two main buildings available: the Wedge and the smaller Octagon. Bookings can range from day workshops to two week retreats. Vegetarian catering or self catering with access to all kitchen facilities is available. Commonground holds occasional working and revegetation weekends and an community music festival.
03 5793 8257
Environment Centre NT
The Environment Centre NT is the peak community environment organisation in the Northern Territory and the only one based in the Top End that addresses all the major environmental and sustainability issues facing the Territory. Our five campaign areas are Nature Territory, Safe Climate, Green Living, Nuclear Free NT and Living Harbour. Examples of campaign goals in each respective area include stopping major land clearing, increasing renewable energy generation, supporting household sustainability through our COOLmob program, and ending uranium mining inside Kakadu National Park.
Join our great team of volunteers by helping in the office, supporting a campaign or program, attending public demonstrations, or doing research. Have our great COOLmob team do a home sustainability assessment at your house or flat to give you information and tips about how to reduce your power bills, save energy, and reduce your carbon pollution.
Unit 3, 98 Woods St, Darwin NT 0800
08 8981 1984
email available via website
Friends of the Earth Melbourne
Friends of the Earth is Melbourne's long time grassroots activist hub and meeting space for many environmental and social justice collectives. FoE's own campaign centre is based upstairs and downstairs there's an organic vegetarian coop and space to gather. FoE works to empower individuals and communities to organise themselves and take action, operating on a collective basis using consensus for decision-making. Desk and office spaces come up from time to time. Its free for activist groups to meet at FoE. Contact the campaign office to ask about using the space for meetings, come to an info night, workshop or meeting at FoE and have a blast at their annual street festival.
312 Smith St Collingwood VIC 3065
03 9419 8700
email available via website
Hunter Valley Environment Centre
The Hunter Valley Environment Centre is a resource-hub for groups and individuals working towards environmental and social justice in the Hunter region of NSW. It provides a space for groups to network and collaborate on campaigns. The main objectives of the Hunter Community Environment Centre are to educate and inform the community about biodiversity and the need to protect it and to promote and assist cooperation, sharing of resources and coordination of activities amongst environment and community groups. Current campaigns include preventing the expansion of coal ports in Newcastle and reducing coal dust and its related health problems.
There are many ways to become involved with the HCEC and get active against coal expansion. Visit the community centre, join in local campaigns and come along to fund raising events. Email us to find out more.
167 Parry St Hamilton East Newcastle NSW 2303
02 4962 5316
email available via website
Irene Community Warehouse
Irene community arts warehouse was born from the need for an affordable space for community artists, small business, activists, community groups and others who want to work in an ecologically sustainable workspace. The Irene Group is a non profit organisation. Studio spaces are available at very low cost. Also for hire are The Great Space (screenings/exhibitions), Circus Space (rehursal and recording studios), a dark room, and a communal workshop for bike fixing, metalwork and woodwork. Look out for gigs and workshops held at Irene's or become involved in maintaining the space.
5 Pitt St Brunswick VIC 3056
03 9343 6695
Privately owned Kindness House in Brunswick St Fitzroy is home to over thirty humanitarian and environment groups and a hub of social change activity. Many of the groups focus on wildlife and animal rights and if you're a tenant, meat is not allowed to be eaten in the building (its written in the lease). Groups include Greenpeace, The Wilderness Society, Sea Shepherd, Wildlife Victoria and Beyond Zero Emissions. As the building's at full capacity, it can be hard to get tenancy, but talk to the Winsome Constance Kindness Trust to find out about opportunities. Rental ranges from zero to low cost. There are meeting spaces for community use, and regular interesting events and film screenings.
288 Brunswick St Fitzroy
Launceston Environment Centre
Since 1974 the LEC has been raising community awareness, responsible attitudes and actions for the protection of the environment and quality of life through community education. We are your representatives for environmental issues, taking up community concerns and providing professional support, understanding, and/or assistance. We have an environment library that can be searched online and is open to interested individuals, school and university students. Our collection can provide information on many environment related issues from climate change to water quality.
Emial LEC to find out how to get involved. (They have not been active online recently.)
72 Tamar St Launceston TAS 7250
PO Box 392 Launceston TAS 7250
03 6331 8406
Margaret River Regional Environment Centre
The Margaret River Regional Environment Centre was established to provide and disseminate information for locals and tourists alike, about political, social, cultural and spiritual environmental happenings in this region. We hope to have people use the centre for gaining and giving information; networking happenings between people in the community who wish to be involved; as a meeting place for like minded people to discuss environmental issues, strategies, and projects; and to use the building for meetings, workshops and gatherings for environmental purposes. At present we have displays on fauna, coastcare, development proposals, recycling, forests, sand mining, and Aboriginal information.
Come and visit the centre, get involved in workshops or contact us to volunteer.
50 Town View Terrace Margaret River WA 6285
PO Box 1827 Margaret River 6285
08 9758 8078
Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres
Neighbourhood Houses are known by many different names: community houses, living and learning centres and neighbourhood centres. These places are local organisations that provide social, educational and recreational activities for their communities in a welcoming supportive environment. The Association of Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres was established in the early 1970s as the peak body for Victorian's houses; ANHLC currently has a membership of over 350, which includes just about all those centres in the state. Neighbourhood houses are managed by volunteer committees and paid staff. They offer many opportunities for volunteer participation in all aspects of the house activities and management. Good quality affordable childcare and playgroups are offered at most houses. Activities are generally run at low or no cost to participants. Find your local neighbourhood house on the ANHLC website and get in touch to find out what activities are on offer or to see if you can use or rent a space for your community activity.
To get in touch with your local neighbourhood house, look them up in the ANHLC directory and contact them directly.
L9 Carlow House 289 Flinders Lane Melbourne VIC 3000
North West Environment Centre & Organic Garden
The mission of the NWEC is to inspire a new perspective on our relationship with the environment and each other so that we may all act to create a socially harmonious and ecologically sustainable future. We are based on the north west coast of Tasmania and our projects run across this area. Our peaceful community garden on Ironcliffe Rd, Penguin, home of the Organic and Sustainable Living Festival is the Headquarters of the NWEC. We deliver a great range of workshops and events at this venue. Other projects include community food collaboration and transition training.
We love volunteers! We’re a registered volunteer organisation, so get involved, improve our community and expand your skills! Our Organic Community Garden has a working bee from 10am-12pm every Wednesday, followed by a cuppa and a chat. For more info see our Organic Community Garden page, email us or simply turn up at 207 Ironcliffe Road, Penguin, at 10am next Wednesday!
207 Ironcliffe Road Penguin TAS 3716
PO Box 999 Burnie TAS 7320
03 6425 6928
Port Phillip EcoCentre
Sitting next to the St Kilda Botanic Gardens, the Port Phillip EcoCentre is a place where environmental solutions are hatched and nurtured. The Centre is community run and provides a base for a number of affiliate groups that promote biodiversity, environmental sustainability and community action. The EcoCentre committee welcomes anyone interested in joining project teams or affiliate group activities and encourages suggestions for new environmental initiatives. Activities include workshops, walks, beach clean-up, film nights and maintaining the community garden.
55A Blessington St St Kilda VIC 3182
03 9534 0670
Ross House is a five storey building in Flinders Lane in the heart of Melbourne, home to around 50 community groups working for environmental and social justice. Ross House offers resources to a diverse range of self-help and small community groups and ten very low cost meeting/conference rooms for everyone. Ross House operates non profit and is wholly self-managed by its members, providing a dynamic working model of the community in action.
247 Flinders Lane Melbourne VIC 3000
The Abbotsford Convent
The Abbotsford Convent is an important arts, learning and cultural precinct in Melbourne; its 11 historic buildings, gardens and car park are spread over 6.8 hectares in a sweeping bend in the Yarra River and are surrounded by the Collingwood Children’s Farm and Yarra Bend Park. The Convent is an invaluable resource for the arts community, for training and education, employment, an incubator for creativity and the sharing of ideas, a place for community participation and enjoyment. There are artist studios and creative spaces for writers and designers, spaces for arts organisations, spaces for rehearsal and development, indoor and outdoor function spaces, a school, a radio station, a bakery, cafes and restaurants, including social enterprise Lentil As Anything. The Convent hosts monthly food, art, craft and fashion markets, workshops and classes, rotating exhibitions, annual festivals, and occasional music and performance.
Abbotsford Convent 1 St Heliers Street Abbotsford VIC 3067
03 9415 3600
Total Environment Centre
Established in 1972 by pioneers of the Australian environmental movement, TEC is a veteran of more than 100 successful campaigns. For over 30 years, we have been working to protect this country's natural and urban environment, flagging the issues, driving debate, supporting community activism and pushing for better environmental policy and practice.
TEC is a hub - a resource and support base - for environmentalists working on a wide range of issues. With our years of experience in lobbying, campaigns, media and research, we have helped hundreds of community groups in their struggle to protect their local environment. We are fearless critics of government - local, state and federal - but we will also work constructively with governments and business for positive environmental outcomes.
Take look at the different campaigns on the TEC website to find out how to get involved.
Suite 2 L1/89 Jones Street Ultimo NSW 2007
02 9211 5022
email available via website
Turnstyle Social Space
Turnstyle is a collectively run social space that provides resources for people and groups working on projects that benefit the community and/or for activist social change. The resources of the space include a meeting, presentation and event space; a library; a bicycle workshop; a home brew kitchen; a cob oven bakery; and art and prop-making space. You/we can engage with Turnstyle by attending or participating in our collectives or events or by starting and/or helping with one of the many collectives or events. In addition to the events calendar on our website, you can find out what's going on at Turnstyle and in our local area by signing up to our mailing list.
Located under the house at 10 Laura St Highgate Hill QLD 4101
email available via website
Wollemi Common is nestled in Darug country within the Wollemi wilderness. We are a new social enterprise created to support people who are contributing to a more just and sustainable world. We invite people to connect with the place and with each other by hosting events, nurturing the land and building a welcoming community.
Wollemi Common is between one and two hours drive North West of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, depending on the traffic. So far, the infrastructure includes camping facilities, a communal kitchen (the cantina), an 8 person bunkhouse, a rejuvenated caravan (the love shack!), a bathhouse and a music/workshop room. We have plenty of fresh tank water and use renewable energy that we purchase from the grid. We operate using a curious blend of collaboration and enterprise that we are making up as we go along! (Map available when you book-in.)
For more info please call Tanya on 0425 350 119, email email@example.com or Facebook message Wollemi Common.