Ballam-Ballam Community Garden

The Native Bushfood Garden Launch

Everyone is welcome to celebrate our new Native Bushfood garden at CNLC. Come down on Thursday 24 November 2022 at 4pm – 6pm to explore the garden, hangout in the yarning circle and hear from local Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung community members about plant uses and aboriginal heritage. The mayor of City of Yarra, Cr Sophie Wade, will be there to help us launch this garden, along with all the wonderful people and organisations that made this happen. Special thanks to Tract Landscapers, Architects without Frontiers, Pepper Money and Vixory Capital. Come and hear the story of our new garden. The garden is wheelchair accessible.

Visit the Garden

Do you love to garden? CNLC has a beautiful community garden where people can harvest fresh organic produce, learn more about gardening or potter away in our Carlton oasis as a volunteer. Visit our resident chooks or volunteer to help look after them.

Get your first introduction to the garden by meeting Michelle our gardener on Wednesdays or Thursdays 9am to 5pm. We hold a market day on the last Wednesday of the month when we have produce from the garden available for a donation where you are able.

CNLC Community Compost Hub

You can drop off your food scraps to CNLC’s compost hub and help reduce our community’s food waste going to landfill. Get involved to meet your local neighbours while doing a key thing to help our environment. Register or lodge your interest with You will receive a fridge magnet which is a guide as to what we accept in our compost system and information on how to access our 7 days a week, 24 hours a day food scraps deposit bin. Come into the centre’s front office to pick up your sticker for your kerbside bin to acknowledge to passers-by that you are reducing your food scraps going to landfill. We sell compost and vegetable seedlings when available. 

In order to support our safe compost hub and maintain a COVID-Safe environment at CNLC, please follow these new procedures here

Thank you for your efforts to keep our community safe.

Sign Compost bin

Why compost?

We all want to help the environment, and composting your food scraps is a great way to reduce waste. Food scraps makes up 40% of our bin waste going to landfill. By composting, this becomes a valuable organic material that enriches soil, reduces the need for chemical fertilisers and supports healthy gardens to grow delicious fruit and veggies. Most importantly, it prevents organic waste from ending up in landfill – this reduces harmful methane emissions, the waste of scarce land and protects our environment while addressing climate change pollution.

How can I be involved? It’s easy!

Find our Registration Form here. Feel free to email for more information in how you can get involved in the recycling revolution. This way, we can let you know news about the hub & community events for the Balam-Balam community garden.

 Michelle Daikon

E-Waste Recycling

Drop off your e-waste on our front veranda community recycling depot open during office hours. We take your old mobile phones, cords, keyboards, light bulbs, batteries and more. Help us to help you reduce our waste going in to landfill and overusing our precious resources. We work with City of Yarra to get your items recycled.

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Carlton Cluckers

The CNLC community enjoys the company of our lovely chickens. They are looked after with care by volunteers to make sure they are well fed and happy. If you would like to volunteer to do a shift once a week please contact This is a lovely activity for children to help look after the chooks.

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