About SMSG

What we do:

The South Melbourne Sustainability Group is for the community that lives in and around the South Melbourne area. We offer opportunities to be involved with local community gardens and educational events about sustainable living.

Our gardens include:

  • Foundry Park Community Garden

  • HH Skinner Reserve Pop Up Community Garden

  • Lyell Iffla Reserve Community Garden

  • Centenary Reserve Community Garden

We run regular working bee events where volunteers maintain the gardens, bury bokashi and get together to learn about what we're growing. Head over to the events page to sign up and come along.


How we got started:

SMSG was incorporated in early 2020 in conjunction with Port Phillip Council's Love My Place programme to capitalise on the increasing community interest in sustainability, composting and edible gardening and to expand on the successful work that

the local community had been carrying out at Foundry Park for several years.  


The group first ran Working Bees in Foundry Park in early 2018, composting

over 700kgs of Bokashi compost. This grew to 1,400kgs in 2019 and to a

whopping 4,200kgs in 2020!


In addition to Bokashi composting, the group manages over 20 publicly accessible Worm Farms that compost an additional 1,500kgs of kitchen waste per year and collect coffee grounds from many local cafes in South Melbourne, diverting about 750kgs of coffee annually from landfill.

Our latest projects:

In 2020, in response to growing demand from the local community, we commenced restoring the Community Garden at Lyell Iffla Reserve. With the help of local residents, SMSG have now already composted over 800kgs of Bokashi Compost in just 4 months, restoring the garden to healthy productive status.


We also began restoring the garden beds at the southern end of

Centenary Reserve Community Garden in Port Melbourne with some of

our members who had been traveling across suburbs to attend working bees.

Both of these gardens are now welcoming local gardeners to get involved.


The SMSG Committee:

The South Melbourne Sustainability Group has a committee of 10 members. If you are interested in becoming a committee member, please get in touch.


We are currently looking to fill roles on the committee to assist with:

  • Marketing

  • Social Media

  • Working Bee Coordination