Do Things Together

Community Garden


Community gardens are organised by keen gardeners who either don't have their own space to garden, or who like to garden socially. A typical garden is productive, with a variety of foods being grown, though non-edible plants may also be part of a garden. Different gardens have different norms and expectations, such as how space, costs and what is grown is shared. Community gardens contribute to food security in cities and towns by producing food locally.
Growing Community: Starting and Nurturing Community Gardens

Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network

Verge Garden Guidelines, City of Brisbane

Verge Garden Guidelines, Bayswater Council, Perth

Edible Gardens Discovery Circle

Australian Examples

Verge Gardens, Brisbane City Council

Verge Gardens, Bayswater Council, Perth

Verge Gardens, Sunshine Coast


Men's Shed


Men's Sheds are open access sheds whose primary purpose is to provide a safe and friendly environment where men are able to work on meaningful projects at their own pace in their own time in the company of other men. A major objective is to advance the well-being and health of their members.
How to Start and Run a Men's Shed

Australian Examples
Women's Shed, Orange

International Examples  


Shared Space



Shared work spaces (other terms include fabrication laboratories, makerspaces) are open access workshops where almost anything can be made by anyone. These offer shared access to a combination of high end machines, tools and software (including but not limited to digital fabrication) as well as diverse networks of people with skills to help develop and refine ideas and prototypes.

How to Make a Makerspace

Repair Cafes N Fixit Clinics

Shared work spaces are a natural alignment with tool/equipment libraries, fixit clinics/repair cafes and other initiatives that promote a circular and collaborative economy – reusing, repairing and fixing things and transmitting the knowledge of how to do so.

How to Start a Repair Cafe

iFixit: the free repair guide for everything, written by everyone

Adelaide Bike Kitchen at Maker Faire Adelaide on how their collective helps repair bikes and build community:

Australian Examples
Bendigo Repair Café

Bright Sparks, Melbourne (closed, learnings offered)

International Examples
Fab Labs (Fabrication Laboratories)

Artisan's Asylum, Somerville US

Edinburgh Remakery

Berkeley, US Mothership Hackermoms