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.



The Port Phillip EcoCentre Committee of Management has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer

Sustainability communications specialist April Seymore, who joined the EcoCentre as a garden volunteer in 2009 and is currently the Education Manager, succeeds Neil Blake OAM in the position of CEO, from 1 July.



Over the past few years, April has been leading the Education Team and inspiring environmental leadership in schools and the community.  She is looking forward to continuing the EcoCentre’s important work in building partnerships to create positive environmental change.

“Neil is well-respected and well-connected. I’m excited to build on his leadership and bring my own connections with local youth and families into EcoCentre research and action programs,” April says. “Our skilful Committee and staff have created a clear and positive direction through our new three-year Strategic Plan, to be officially launched at our Annual General Meeting.”

April holds a summa cum laude BA in Media and Cultural Communications from Hollins University and University College London. She has extensive international experience in education, arts and sustainability programs.

Neil will remain with the EcoCentre to expand his role as Port Phillip Baykeeper, advocating and educating for the protection of Port Phillip Bay and its catchments.  His coastal management leadership grew from his commencing role as a St Kilda Park Ranger in 1985.  In 2005, Neil was awarded the Order of Australia for his tireless service to the community and environment.  In 2014 Neil was awarded the Outstanding Individual Achievement Award from the Victorian Coastal Council and his Cleaner Yarra and Bay project won the Victorian Premier’s Recognition Award.  His vision, experience and commitment to the community have transformed the EcoCentre into a flourishing and influential hub with 23 affiliated organisations.

Neil Blake (OAM) is the Port Phillip Baykeeper and has been Director of the Port Phillip EcoCentre since its incorporation in 1999.  Neil says, “April’s smarts and creative leadership have nurtured outstanding growth of the EcoCentre’s education program. I’m very excited to be handing the EcoCentre in such good shape to the next generation.”

The EcoCentre is a multi-award winning community environmental centre, building relationships to inspire, educate and demonstrate sustainable environmental practice, and reconnecting people to the natural world. The EcoCentre is in the St Kilda Botanical Gardens, and runs programs all around Port Phillip Bay.  

To get involved with the EcoCentre, its Strategic Plan and its programs, please contact Neil Blake at baykeeper@ecocentre.com





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 Aunty Carolyn Briggs and the Boon Wurrung Foundation.


Elwood Poetry Prize 2015

Event date: 
20 August 2015 - 5:00pm

The Seventh Annual Elwood Poetry Prize 2015 attracted the talents of local poets of all ages, including over 200 from students. The EcoCentre helps organise this popular competition in collaboration with Cr Jane Touzeau. This year's theme is Walk, so poems need to address that theme. Entries close 20 August 2015.

Change to public opening hours

The EcoCentre team are spending our days where we love to be: researching on beaches, working with community groups and teaching in schools!

Our EcoHouse is currently open by appointment only.

Engage the family at your EcoCentre

Did you know that you can join up to EcoCentre with a Household Membership?  Engage the family more actively in EcoCentre life while supporting sustainable and conservation initiatives in the Port Phillip Bay area.