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.

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Catchy music video cleans up MC Guttermouth's act



Say G'Day to the Bay

Catch up on local environmental news on the Port Phillip Baykeeper blog. Read Neil's latest article on Melbourne's world class water!


Latest Awards

EcoCentre CEO receives 'Excellence Award' from Environmental Education Victoria

On World Environment Day Environment Education Victoria (EEV) announced the winners of the Environmental Educator of the Year Awards.

Dr Colin Hocking was awarded the 2016 Victorian Environmental and Sustainability Educator of the Year. Nicola Forrest was recognised with an Excellence Award for the formal education sector and your EcoCentre CEO April Seymore was recognised with an Excellence Award for the non-formal sector.

April’s nomination was supported with letters from schools, parents, community groups, colleagues, local and state government and the global Waterkeeper Alliance. This accurately indicates the breadth of community April commits to connect and activate for social and environmental well-being. Each letter highlights multiple benefits to their family, group, school, sector or organisation from collaborating with April.


West Beach St Kilda, Port Phillip EcoCentre, Youth Wildlife Ambassador
Win Top Honours at Keep Australia Beautiful National 'Clean Beaches' Awards

Read the full details: EcoCentre Media Release and Keep Australia Beautiful Media Release. And lovely words from the judges in the Winners Booklet.

  • 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!

Membership matters:

  • 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!

Types of Membership



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 schools@ecocentre.com. 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.