In a Victorian first, a large section of a rooftop car park in the heart of the Melbourne CBD is being transformed into an urban farm.
When fully completed in the second half of 2022, Melbourne Skyfarm will feature sustainable and contemporary hospitality sites, environmental education as well as business conference facilities and three event spaces.
Melbourne Skyfarm has been initiated by a group of leading Melbourne-based sustainability companies including urban farming company Biofilta, The Sustainable Landscape Company and nature regeneration and protection group Odonata, with the support of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and City of Melbourne Urban Forest Fund.
The site will have the capacity to produce over 5 tonnes of fresh produce per annum, much of which will be donated to food charity OzHarvest.
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre has also thrown its support behind another sustainability program, preparing meals for OzHarvest over eight weeks.
“The funding we have received to help deliver quality cooked meals alongside OzHarvest is so important to the community and helps send a message that we care about those in the community that are doing it tough,” MCEC Sustainability Manger Samantha Ferrier said.
“By pooling our resources with OzHarvest, MCEC is doing their bit for families who may otherwise go hungry.”