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
email available via ACF website

www.acfonline.org.au

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
ceres@ceres.org.au
03 9389 0100

www.ceres.org.au

Commonground

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.

www.groupwork.com.au

Donkeywheel House

Donkeywheel House is a beautiful heritage building in Melbourne's CBD, home to Kinfolk ethical cafe, The Hub social enterprise incubator, and a host of social change projects that use The Hub space. Donkeywheel house is a great place to find a space to launch your environmental or social project, or to hold a meeting or event in one of several unique venue spaces.

Donkeywheel aims to fill the house with creative innovators, artists, philanthropists, volunteers, the media, school groups, elders, trainees, government, businesses and the public, inviting them to make the building a place where social change is born and implementation of that change is enabled.

673 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
03 9620 7799

www.donkeywheel.org

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

www.melbourne.foe.org.au

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
03 9343 6695

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Kindness House

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
phil@kindnesstrust.com

www.kindnesstrust.com

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.

L9 Carlow House 289 Flinders Lane Melbourne VIC 3000
03 9654 1104
anhlc@anhlc.asn.au

www.anhlc.asn.au

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