Welcome to Port Phillip EcoCentre!
The EcoCentre is a vibrant community hub, reconnecting people to the natural world and building relationships to inspire, educate and demonstrate.
West Beach St Kilda, Port Phillip EcoCentre, Youth Wildlife Ambassador
Win Top Honours at Keep Australia Beautiful National 'Clean Beaches' Awards
- Overall Winner, National Clean Beaches Awards - West Beach VIC
- Young Legends - Gio Fitzpatrick (co-winner)
- Dame Phyllis Frost Award: Litter Prevention, Waste Management and Resource Recovery - Port Phillip EcoCentre
Clean Beaches overall winner West Beach, Saint Kilda is a popular recreation spot in an urban environment in close proximity to one of Australia’s busiest ports.
“Nevertheless,” said Clean Beaches judge Averil Bones, “West Beach remains clean and beautiful, with great facilities, a passionate group of committed residents, an engaged business community, and an effective and responsive council.
“It is no coincidence that West Beach, through the leadership of the Port Phillip EcoCentre, has also jointly won this year's Young Legends category. The dynamic young leaders emerging from the West Beach community are testament to a long-term commitment to litter prevention, recycling, environmental sustainability and education programs that engage and nurture the next generations.”
Thank you to Cr Gross and Cr Baxter for their support on the night!
Port Phillip Cr Dick Gross, student Mitch Watson, EcoCentre EO April Seymore, Bronnie Walsh, Graham Chappell of 3182BeachPatrol and Earthcare St Kilda, Youth Wildlife Ambassdor Gio Fitzpatrick, Anthony Gallacher, Port Phillip Baykeeper Neil Blake. Not pictured: Port Phillip Cr Tim Baxter.
2015-2016 Annual Report
Read about our achievements, dynamic partnerships, awards and environmental successes in our 2015-2016 Port Phillip EcoCentre Annual Report. Print copies are available at the EcoCentre.
Membership Matters: We Need YOU
Your voice truly makes a difference to the power of our EcoCentre's collective voice. We want our community voice to get louder!
- Our members strengthen our community voice.
- They encourage funding partners to support our school and community education, our work protecting Port Phillip Bay, projects with the Youth Wildlife Ambassador, and other award-winning initiatives we run with over 10,000 diverse participants per year.
Last year was a very successful year for the EcoCentre: we were finalists in 7 and winners in 4 Victorian and National environmental awards, including our Youth Wildlife Ambassador Gio Fitzpatrick winning the prestigious United Nations World Environment Day Individual Award. Your membership contribution helps us continue these efforts, plus create healthy wildlife habitat, promote students' environmental leadership skills, do research and advocate for healthy waterways and much, much more. As always, we work closely with our local community to make this happen.
Basic Membership is $16.50 individual / $22 household. You are entitled to vote or stand for Committee (our upcoming AGM is Sunday October 23).
Green Membership is $33 individual / $44 household. It additionally offers significant discounts on many of our workshops and activities, 20% discount in our EcoShop and access to our library of books and documentaries. Full benefits list here.
You can signup right now:
1) Fill out our online membership form.
2) Click on the button below to pay using our secure portal (credit card or paypal - no need to sign in).
Thank you for joining your voice with ours!
A Little Bit of Litter Really Matters!
The EcoCentre's Turn Off the Tap project (funded by the state government's Litter Hotspots Program) works with schools, community groups and councils on a range of litter education, prevention and clean-up projects to stop litter from entering storm water drains and impacting the Port Phillip Bay catchment.
This year we've turned our attention to Hip-Hop as a means to spread the message that "A Little Bit of Litter Really Matters!" Local musicians MOOP Patrol, MC Guttermouth and Nicole Joy have recorded a catchy and persuasive tune that will make everyone think twice about littering.
New Release: Urban Wildlife, more than you thought
Watch our latest video on urban ecology in the local neighbourhood. Narrated and filmed by our award-winning Youth Wildlife Ambassador, Gio Fitzpatrick. Produced by our Educator, Sharron Hunter.
This was filmed around local Elster Creek aka Elwood Canal, a built-up inner city area. There's (unexpectedly) so much biodiversity to see, hidden in our own backyards!
We're regularly running events all around Port Phillip Bay. These are group activities that are perfect for all the family including young children. We'd love you to join us or get your school involved by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Come to our next Urban Safari or learn how to do Citizen Science on your local beach.
You can easily subscribe to our youtube channel EcoTV to be alerted to new videos.
The EcoCentre acknowledges the Yalukit Willam clan of the Boon Wurrung language group, traditional owners of the land on which we are located. We pay respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and elder members of our multicultural community.
We proudly work in partnership with Arweet Carolyn Briggs and the Boon Wurrung Foundation.
14 December 2016 - 3:30pmWooden bridge across Elster Creek, Elwood (Wave St & Paul Hester Walk)
17 December 2016 - 10:00amEcoCentre, 55A Blessington Street St Kilda
21 December 2016 - 6:00pmEcoCentre Meeting Room
5 January 2017 - 10:30amPoint Lonsdale
8 January 2017 - 10:30amRye