South Melbourne Commons

The project involved converting an old school into a community hub with a cafe run by social enterprise, a food cooperative, playgroups, community food gardens, a community hall for hire, and affordable office and meeting space for community groups.

In 2010, Ammon and Michelle (at the time working as UVM - Sustainable Urban Ecologies) worked with Michael and Cat to assist Dave in completing the two-stage planning process.

Just prior to the launch of the Commons, Michelle was called on by Dave to assist with the kitchen fit-out design and permit process for the cafe.

Michelle and Ammon are both strong supporters of the South Melbourne Commons and were very excited to be a part of the launch celebrations on 10 December 2011.


April 2010 - December 2011

David West, Friends of the Earth

corner Bank and Montague Sts, South Melbourne

Ammon Beyerle, Michelle Emma James

In collaboration with
Bellemo & Cat (Michael Bellemo, Cat Mcleod), Daniel Rosette