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.



We have $100,000 for rain tanks and rain gardens in Port Phillip, Bayside, Glen Eira and Kingston suburbs. For a share of this funding, simply volunteer to help community groups clean up litter, plant indigenous species, survey wildlife or test water quality.

Step 1. Install an eligible rain tank or rain garden by November 2015.

Our partners at PJT Green Plumbing will help you install a multi-use tank that can flush your toilets, wash your laundry and/or water your gardens. If you already have a rain tank, they can connect it up to flush your toilets.

Step 2. Volunteer with local families to help Elster Creek.

Our calendar of family-friendly Well Waters Workbees let you help Elster Creek in all sorts of ways, while learning more about its underground flowing zones that stretch through 40km2 of suburbs, and the 200+ species of wildlife for which it provides habitat.

Alternately we can tailor a custom Workbee. For example, the students of Gardenvale Primary earned $16,250 of credits in just one hour of educational volunteering!

Step 3. Earn $25 credit per volunteer hour.

You can use it for your own rebate if you're registered, or donate to a neighbour or local school registered as a Well Waters Garden.

For full details, check out www.wellwatersworkbees.com.

This project is supported by the Victorian Government.





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.


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.