Local resources in North East Melbourne


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Some local people who give away manure

What Name Base Website Contact Notes
Horse manure Banyule Horse Riders East Ivanhoe   0418 128234 Free. The Boulevard, East Ivanhoe. Pile, bulk or self-bag. Call to arrange.
Horse manure Banyule Horse Riders Viewbank   0417 564857 Free. Banyule Road, Viewbank. Pile, bulk or self-bag. Call to arrange.
Horse manure Disabled Riding School Viewbank www.rdav.asn.au rdaviewbank@gmail.com Free but they request a donation for the school. 290-332 Banyule Road, Viewbank. Need to drive into the school when it is open and find someone in charge to organise.
Horse manure North Eastern Horse & Pony Club Viewbank www.nehpc.org.au Dani Mallia
0433 751841
Free. 451 Banyule Road, Viewbank. The manure is collected and left at the front entrance for locals to collect. Take as much as you want. All year round.
Horse manure Tandivale Equestrian Centre & Pony Club Warrandyte www.tandivale.com Karen
9844 3882
0488 244420
Free. 88 Johansons Road, Warrandyte. Ring beforehand to confirm pickup time.
Horse manure Various properties Kangaroo Ground     Various properties on Kangaroo Ground-St Andrews Road and Kangaroo Ground-Warrandyte Road often have bagged horse manure out the front of their property, with an honesty box system for payment.

Some local people who give away spent coffee grounds or husks

What Name Base Website Contact Notes
Grounds Arthur St Deli Fairfield www.facebook.com/arthurstdeli 9481 3026
Free. 455 Heidelberg Road.
Grounds Harvest Food Store Fairfield www.harvestfoodstore.com.au/cafe 9481 4718
Free. 108 Station Street. Ring in advance.
Grounds The Tea Rose Fairfield www.facebook.com/thetearosetea 9486 3518 Free. 25 Railway Place. Ring in advance.
Grounds Three Locals Fairfield www.facebook.com/threelocals 9078 6579 Free. 127 Station Street. Ring in advance.
Grounds Scintilla Cafe Heidelberg www.cafescintilla.com.au 9458 2126 Free. 131 Burgundy Street.
Grounds Black Vice Cafe & Roastery Hurstbridge www.blackvice.com.au 9718 1386 Free. 946 Heidelberg-Kinglake Road. Ring in advance.
Grounds Keys Road Cafe Moorabbin www.facebook.com/Keysroadcafe Sam
9555 4383
Free. Also, free organic waste and egg shells.
3 Keys Road.
Grounds All Are Welcome Bakery Northcote www.all-are-welcome.com   Free. 190 High Street.
Grounds Northcote Social Club Northcote www.northcotesocialclub.com 9489 3917
Free. 301 High Street. Ring in advance.
Grounds Cafe Rustico Preston www.facebook.com/cafferustico 9470 4919 Free. 267 Gower Street.
Grounds Juanita’s Kitchen Preston www.juanitaskitchen.com.au 0432 186386
Free. 219 High Street.
Grounds Red Bean Coffee Preston www.redbeancoffee.com.au 9416 8612 Free. 121 Plenty Road. Ring in advance.
Grounds Rhubarb Rhubarb Organics Preston www.rhubarborganics.com.au 9478 7344
Free. C247 Preston Market, Cramer Street. Ring in advance.
Grounds Tasties Cafe Preston   9470 2260 Free. 356 High Street.
Call to check first then bring your own container and let staff know before helping yourself.
Grounds Youngman Cafe Preston www.youngmancafe.com.au 9471 0724 Free. 492 High Street.
Grounds Cafe Z Research www.facebook.com/CafeZResearch 9437 2022
Free. 1530 Main Road.
The coffee grounds are in garbage bags round the back.
Grounds Cafe Qtee Reservoir   9462 5440 Free. 287 Broadway Street. Ring in advance.
Grounds Lady Bower Cafe Reservoir www.facebook.com/ladybower 9469 5851
Free. 1A Marchant Street.
Grounds Nourish Me Cafe Richmond   Adrian O’Hagen
9429 4477
Free. 131 Burnley Street.
Please bring a container to take the coffee with you – if you call first, they can ensure there is plenty for you.
Grounds Briki Thornbury www.facebook.com/brikicafethornbury 9416 8828 Free. 27 Hutton Street.
Grounds Rat the Cafe Thornbury www.ratthecafe.com.au hello@ratthecafe.com.au Free. 72 Wales Street.
Grounds Reground n/a (they deliver) www.reground.com.au Ninna Larsen
0466 242575
Free. Delivered to your door.
Minimum delivery quantities: 2 bins if you live in inner Melbourne or 12 bins if you live in outer Melbourne.
Husks Knight Mattingly Coffee Roasters Coburg North www.kmcr.com.au Customer Service
9383 2100
Free. 5 Milkman Way. Ring in advance.
Minimum quantity: 1*240 litre bag. Empty hessian bags available. Pick up: Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
Husks Beraldo Coffee Heidelberg West www.beraldocoffee.com.au 9458 1200 Free. In large reusable plastic bags. 104 Northern Road. Ring in advance to arrange an appointment to collect as they don’t roast every day.
Husks Quists Coffee Research www.quistscoffee.com.au Doris Niesen-Baruta
9437 2100 or 0407 424842
Free. 2/3 Candlebark Court. Ring in advance.

Note that coffee husks are not at all the same thing as used coffee grounds. Rather, the husk is the outer layer of the coffee bean that breaks away and gets discarded during the roasting process. So, whilst used coffee grounds are available from cafes, coffee husks are available from roasters.

Some local people who give away sawdust, wood shavings, etc

What Name Base Website Contact Notes
Sawdust Carpentry by Stu Coburg North www.carpentrybystu.com Connor Mcallister
0435 784813
Free ($10 deposit to take a bag and bring it back).
Generally the bags are 1½-2 wheelbarrows’ worth and a variety of timber.
Only available sometimes so ring beforehand.
69 Charles Street, Coburg North. Entry via Lens Street.
Straw Motschall Stockfeeds Panton Hill   9719 7326 $8 per bale. 395 Kangaroo Ground – St Andrews Road.
Wood shavings F Fallshaw & Sons Heidelberg West www.churchpewsaustralia.com.au 0438 703530 Only available sometimes so ring beforehand. 62 Dougharty Road.
Wood shavings Yard Furniture Preston www.yardfurniture.com.au Peter McManus
9480 6171
Free and clean. Bags of 20+kg available to pick-up outside premises (or bring your own bag to take smaller quantities). Ring beforehand to check on availability. 271 Dundas Street.

Some local people who collect bee swarms

The list below largely comes from The Beekeepers Club. Always ring, rather than text or email, as swarms move on quickly. Also, check to see if they charge for a collection.

Base Name Phone Notes
Abbotsford Jennifer McInnes  0425 738 188 Swarms only 
Bayswater, Chirnside Park, Croydon, Ringwood Craig McCullough 0450 066 188 Swarms and Nests
Boroondara and Whitehorse Chris Davenport 0425 708 382 Swarms and Nests
Bulleen, Doncaster, Donvale, Forest Hill, Mitcham, Nunawading, Ringwood, Templestowe, Vermont, Warrandyte Walt McIvor 0419 309 677 Swarms and Nests
Camberwell John Treloar 0409 164 234 Swarms only
Camberwell, Hawthorn, Kew Andrew Bailey 0418 450 689 Swarms only 
Diamond Creek, Eltham Andrew Stanish 0418 521 869 Swarms and nests
Doncaster, Doreen, Eltham, Greensborough, Warrandyte Amy James 0425 774 774 Swarms only 
Doncaster, Ringwood Kevin Sermon 0400 060 244 Swarms and Nests
Eltham David Lam 0418 327 397 Swarms only 
Forest Hill Gavin Preston 0402 833 228 Swarms and nests
Forest Hill and surrounding suburbs Tom Sizer 0429 862 631 Swarms and Nests
Greensborough Jonathan Thom 0448 977 540 Swarms only 
Hawthorn East Kent Henderson 0417 599 548 Swarms only
Heidelberg Mat Lumalasi 0414 406 136 Swarms and nests
Kinglake Susan Zuber 0413 698 140 Swarms only
Mitcham Peter Milic 0418 340 093 Swarms only
Mitcham Keith Piper 9874 8634  
Northern suburbs Andrew Janiak 0418 567 007 Swarms only 
Nunawading Kathryn Goldsmith  0409 502 010 Swarms only 

See the Beekeepers Club website for the latest list.

If you find a swarm, but none of the people above can collect it, you can report the swarm on the Swarm Patrol website and it will automatically notify the three nearest bee swarm collectors who are registered with the website.

Some local people who prune fruit trees

Name Base Website Email Phone
Chris Kent Eltham North   cxkent@bigpond.com 0419 590952
Kylie Johnston Heidelberg West   sherrin16@hotmail.com 0426 137882
Mac McVeigh Eltham   mac@macmcveighgardens.com.au 0438 034331

Some local people who build planter boxes, wicking beds or raised garden beds

Name Base Website Email Phone
Felipe Mora (The Grower’s Box) Greensborough www.thegrowersbox.com.au thegrowersboxmelbourne@gmail.com 0402 400640
Frances Grech (ReBoxCo) Thornbury www.reboxco.com.au enquiries@reboxco.com.au 0439 368018
Greg Parsons (Yummy Gardens) St Andrews www.yummygardensmelbourne.com greg@yummygardens.com.au 0431 382230
Mac McVeigh Eltham   mac@macmcveighgardens.com.au 0438 034331
Matthew Laity (How Ya Growing) Greensborough   matthew.laity@gmail.com 0449 594845
Paul Morland (morLandscapes) Bellfield www.facebook.com/morlandscapes morlandscapes@gmail.com 0413 998900
or 9440 9247
Tom Danby (Mount Coburg) Coburg North www.mountcoburg.com.au twdanby@gmail.com 0425 711935

Some local outlets that sell Certified Organic compost

Many nurseries do not sell Certified Organic compost and, unfortunately, some of these try and pass off their compost as the equivalent of Certified Organic by saying something like it is “100% organic”. Here is a list of local outlets who do actually sell Certified Organic compost.

Suburb Name Address Phone Website
Box Hill Bunnings 259 Middleborough Road, Box Hill 8878 0900 www.bunnings.com.au
Brunswick East CERES Cnr Roberts and Stewart Streets, Brunswick East 9389 0111 www.ceres.org.au/social-enterprises/nursery
Eltham Bunnings Corner Bridge & Silver Street, Eltham 9430 0100 www.bunnings.com.au
Epping Bunnings 592-694 High Street, Epping 9409 8600 www.bunnings.com.au
Mill Park Bunnings 761 Plenty Road, Mill Park 9404 8400 www.bunnings.com.au
Nunawading Bunnings 250 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading 9845 3900 www.bunnings.com.au
Preston Bunnings 120 Chifley Drive (Corner Murray Road), Preston 9416 6000 www.bunnings.com.au
Thomastown Bunnings 11 Dalton Road, Thomastown 9462 8000 www.bunnings.com.au
Warrandyte Beasley’s Nursery & Teahouse 195 Heidelberg-Warrandyte Road, Warrandyte 9844 3335 www.beasleysteahouse.com.au

  10 Responses to “Local resources in North East Melbourne”

  1. This is great. Would love to see my local council of Brimbank adopt something like this.

  2. Would love a list like this for Bayside.

  3. Would love a list like this for the eastern suburbs!

  4. I think CERES and Bulleen Art and Garden also have Certified Organic compost too.

    • Thanks for your comment, Jan.

      I’ve have contacted both nurseries. CERES do, indeed, sell Certified Organic compost and I have therefore added them to the table above. Bulleen Art and Garden do not sell Certified Organic compost.

  5. Yes great list. Very helpful.

  6. What a great list! Thank you, Guy.

  7. Thanks for this list, much appreciated.

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