More about Living Here


Possums are a protected species and part of life at City Gardens. If the right approach is taken we can definitely live in harmony with them. The most important thing to remember is to never feed possums, as human food can be dangerous to possums and cause serious dietary imbalance. Additionally, overfeeding possums can lead to overpopulation, aggressive behaviour, and can negatively impact the local environment such as overstripping of trees.

Here are some links to information about possums:

Resident Trevor Smith
Photo by Alice Coulson

Worm Farms

Worm farms have recently been installed behind the rubbish corral in Plane Tree Way, behind the Lady Huntingfield Children’s Centre. These “Hungry Bins’ worm farms were installed by Wormlovers as part of a pilot project supported by City of Melbourne. Residents are invited to contribute food scraps to the worm farms which will help to both minimise food waste in our bins, and provide an excellent compost for our garden. These worm farms create both ‘worm castings’ and ‘worm tea’ which will be of great benefit to our garden in providing nutrient to plants ensuring the garden looks great. In fact, other great side effects will be diverting food scraps away from the wheelie bins will both minimise smell from the wheelie bins and also provide less food scraps for rats and possums to eat - both these frequently being pests at City Gardens. The worm farms installed at City Gardens have lids which cannot be lifted by a rat or possum.

Resident Alice Coulson - photo by Alice Coulson

There is some helpful signage located above the worm farm installation. Further information about what to feed the worms can be found on the FAQ page.

You can read an article featuring the City Garden worm farms in the December 2015 edition of Melbourne Magazine (page 17) here.

Bee Hives

Bee hives installed by Melbourne Rooftop Honey

Four honey bee hives were installed at City Gardens in December 2015 on the roof of C Block by the team at Melbourne Rooftop Honey. This great joint initiative with support from City of Melbourne helps dwindling urban bee populations move around and pollinate local flora within a 5km range, increasing flower and fruit production. 

Community Grant

City Gardens has been successful in obtaining a $20,000 Community Grant through City of Melbourne for sustainable food production initiatives at City Gardens. This exciting development will enable City Gardens to implement some new features including vegie and herb production in Biofilta Foodwalls, helping to build up connections between residents, their community and their environment. This ongoing project is currently being implemented.

Rubbish and recycling

There are various ways to dispose of rubbish and recycling at City Gardens. Making sure you dispose of items correctly will ensure we keep City Gardens clean and a great place to live, as well as contributing to a sustainable Melbourne.

Rubbish and recycling bins are located in rubbish corrals around City Gardens for residents’ use for domestic rubbish and recycling only. If we all make an effort to dispose of our rubbish correctly this will help to cut down the amount of unsightly trash around the grounds and minimise smells and pests at City Gardens.

Signage at corrals indicates what kinds of materials can be recycled. Further information of what can be placed in recycling bins within City of Melbourne is available on their site. Rubbish should be bagged and placed into the dark green bins. Recyclables however must be placed in the yellow recycling bins loose - do not place recyclables in bags. Cardboard boxes can be folded or squashed to be made smaller, and placed into recycling bins to ensure your neighbours also have space for their recyclables.

Many types of food scraps can now be disposed of in the new worm farms in Plane Tree Way. For further detail on what kinds of food scraps are appropriate, please read Worm Farms above.

Good quality used clothing can be donated to the charity clothing wheelie bins located in ABC Carpark, D Carpark, and J Court.

95% of electronic waste can now be recycled in the City of Melbourne. This includes items such as fridges, televisions, mobile phones, household appliances, printer cartridges and computers. Further information on electronic waste can be found here.

Many other items can be donated, sold or given away. Further information can be found here.

Photo by Jonathan Morton

Tree maintenance

One of the great things about City Gardens is its beautiful trees. They provide shade and are a home to many different species. Trees on common property at City Gardens are not to be removed except by the gardening team.

  • If you have an issue with a tree and the tree is on Council property please contact City of Melbourne. If the tree is on common Owners Corporation please contact The Knight Alliance.
  • If the tree is on private property please contact the owner of the property on which the tree stands as it is a matter between owners.
  • If you require assistance mediating a tree related dispute with a neighbour, further information can be found here.
  • If you wish to plant an item on common property you must first seek permission from the gardener onsite to ensure it will be appropriate.

Noise at City Gardens

Inner city living provides a great lifestyle however it is important to remember how your activities can affect others in your immediate area. Particularly in apartments, it is crucial to remember your neighbours and how your noise level might be impacting them. Remember, everyone at City Gardens has the right to enjoy living here undisturbed by unreasonable noise.

Unreasonable noise can make a large impact on others’ well-being and you may not realise it is a problem until they are feeling the impact of it. Please respect others and keep noise at a reasonable level, whether inside your apartment or while using common areas of City Gardens. This may apply to day to day activities such as using a vacuum or blender or listening to music, as well as renovations or social events such as parties. The best way to avoid upsetting neighbours if you are planning to carry out renovations or to hold a social event is to notify your neighbours ahead of time and minimise noise as soon as you can.

City of Melbourne has guidelines available for residents regarding noise. Here are some helpful tips on minimising noise and of what constitutes reasonable and unreasonable noise. Information about prohibited times for noise can be found here. If you have tried to resolve a noise issue with a neighbour and have not reached a satisfactory outcome you can find out more about making a noise complaint at the EPA website.