The South Melbourne Commons needs your support in its first year of operation to ensure we can continue to provide the local community with all the current valued services. It's hard work starting a new enterprise like The Commons, so we really need your help and support.
Please consider giving a donation to the South Melbourne Commons via the Friends of the Earth Give Now website. All donations over $2 are tax deductable.
We need to take care of our bodies, mind and spirit. Weekly classes in Pilates, Martial Arts and Bokwa are available at the Commons to help restore some balance to your life.
Martial Arts - Learn self defense and self discipline through this unique style of western martial arts.
Pilates - Look long, lean and lengthened! Improve your strength, balance, flexibility and posture. Classes for students of all levels and a unique 'Walking wounded' for those who need to move with more care and guidance.
Kids Yoga - Yoga clases for Toddlers & parents and pre-school age children.
View our events calendar to see when the next classes are scheduled.
Back2Bikes at the South Melbourne Commons
Back to Bikes have found a new home at 525 Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne. The organisation supports group of volunteers who are learning to fix bikes.
We sell the bikes we fix, and we can also service your bike for you. We have a full set of tools, and a guru bike mechanic to advise the students.
Learn more at http://back2bikes.com.au/
The South Melbourne Commons was the home of over 80 square meters of beautiful food producing gardens. Whilst we have had to leave the site, the gardens should still remain and if you want to help maintain them, then please visit the site and contact the Let Me Be Frank Cafe.
Click here to read more about our community garden.
Let Me Be Frank Cafe - Now Open
Zappa’s, sister-café, LET ME BE FRANK is now serving fresh and healthy soup, sandwiches, and salads in The Commons. Did I mention the outstanding coffee…and my personal favorite, Eddie’s chai lattes?
The Let Me Be Frank Cafe is a venue to meet, enjoy delicious home cooked dishes and fairtrade hot coffee. You'll feel like a part of the neighbourhood as you meander down and take a seat in the beautiful gardens of the South Melbourne Commons, or dine within the walls of the old school building.
'Let Me Be Frank' is run by Eddie Inostroza, a barista with over 10 years of cafe and mobile coffee service experience. Eddie says that 'Let Me Be Frank' differentiates itself because “from decor to service, you feel at home.” The family-style staff are happy to modify anything on the menu to suit your taste buds and already know customers and kids by names and coffee orders.
'Let Me Be Frank' is currently serving fresh and healthy sandwiches, soup and salads. They are in the process of hiring a chef to provide a full service breakfast and lunch menu focusing on healthy and fresh foods that reflect the ideology of South Melbourne Commons and 'Frank's' staff’s desire to live active and healthy lifestyles.
'Let Me Be Frank' is still in a transitional phase but will be a full-service cafe serving interesting, healthy food at affordable prices in no time.
The Fast Supper no longer runs out of the South Melbourne Commons.
The South Melbourne Commons proudly supports the Fast Supper, a community project initiated and powered by InterAction. Run entirely by young volunteers from various faith and non-faith backgrounds, the Fast Supper provides healthy meals and fresh groceries for those in need within South Melbourne area.
Every Wednesday evening, the volunteers gather at the Commons to prepare fresh produce. The International Society of Khrisna Consciousness, Second Bite and Let Me Be Frank Café donate the meals. Then, the volunteers deliver the meals and groceries in Hope Mobile – the iconic food van of the Father Bob Maguire Foundation’s community outreach program.
The Commons is all about engaging with the community to promote sustainable living.
We have just produced a series of resources to help you make your home more comfortable whilst reducing your ecological impact. We've also released a guide to help community groups undertake sustainable retrofits on their buildings as well as showcasing the educational signs that will be installed at the Commons.
We've already run a whole series of workshops and themed days on a variety of sustainablity topics. If you're passionate and want to know, please click here and read more details.
The South Melbourne Commons is now closed,but we wanted to keep the photo gallery alive so you could see how beautiful the space was. We renovated and restored the site from a derelict neglected state to what you see in the gallery.