The South Melbourne Commons (The Commons) is a unique urban development comprised of public open space, community facilities and retail orientated social enterprises on the site of the old Galilee School on the corner of Bank and Montague Street, South Melbourne.
As The Commons is a joint initiative of Friends of the Earth and the Father Bob Maguire Foundation, our vision encapsulates the dynamic social and environmental qualities of both organizations.
What's at the Commons:
- The Pantry food co-op with local and organic groceries.
- Apples and Jams facilitate children’s parties, art classes, play groups and ga
- rden club.
- Original Foods café by award winning sustainable caterer.
- Heritage listed event space which can be hired out for events.
We are celebrating our opening with a Christmas themed launch on Saturday December 10th from 10AM to 4PM.
There will be edible garden workshops on the day:
- 10.30 – 11.15am Tea & Herbs Garden with Karen Sutherland
- 1.00 – 1.45pm Salad Greens Garden with Seila Hierk, (Commons Garden coordinator)
- 2.00 – 2.45pm Berries and Fruits Self Sufficiency, Angelo Eliades
- 3.00 – 3.30pm Composting , Sandra Pullman
Father Bob Maguire will speak, officially welcoming The Commons to the space and our award winning sustainable café is putting on a BBQ.
Our launch will showcase all the fabulous initiatives we have going on here at The Commons.
There will be tours of our edible Permaculture gardens, the new organic grocer, the café will host foodie displays, a cooking demonstration and we will host tours of the building that has experienced a real transformation mostly due to the hard work and dedication of our fantastic volunteers.
Apples and Jam will also be holding events for children and music will be provided by local high school students and choirs.
The Commons and our launch will explore all aspects of conscious lifestyle choices. We encourage the community to come learn, enjoy and participate in our event who’s aim is to encourage the community to have fun and be more environmentally and socially conscious consumers.
South Melbourne Commons
cnrs Montague and Bank Street, South Melbourne.
(in the beautiful old Catholic primary school,
next to St. Peter and Paul’s Church)