Give a Gift that Counts

 

WE WISH FOR 'WINGS'
Your donation before June 30 will maximise your tax return.

The time has come the 'Penguin' said to talk of many things
Of cash and tax and paying back: give EcoCentre wings! 


At the EcoCentre we do essential work protecting Port Phillip Bay and the land. We spearhead citizen science: shell surveys, penguin pampering, and litter lampooning. We work with the community to educate, change, protect and restore. We encourage young minds to connect with their local place. 

We are multi-award-winning, well-regarded, cost effective, and we get the job done (thanks to you, our caring community.)

Be the wind beneath our wings with your tax deductible donation.*

*On our "Donate Now" page choose how much you want to donate, and on the next page click on "leave a message why this donation is special to you - other" and enter the category you would like to give to. If you don't put a category we will use the money toward the area of greatest need. 

Please note as a Registered Environment Organisation, the Port Phillip EcoCentre will deal with all donations in accordance with the requirements of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. Decisions in relation to the distribution of received donations lies with the Managers of the Public Fund.

DONATE NOW - it's tax deductible!
If you would like to talk to one of our friendly staff about our work or donating, feel free to ring us on 9534 0670. 

My heartfelt thanks you for your support.
 

Pam O’Neil
President 
 
Nurdle Soup!
$1 a Day (or more) Keeps the Nurdles Away.
We’re well respected nationally for our ongoing campaign to eliminate plastic pollution of waterways. Every donation helps us keep plastic pollution & nurdles away from the Bay.
 
Nurdles (small plastic pellets used to make a wide range of plastic items) are known to harm marine life.  After spills from industrial areas over the years, millions have escaped to stormwater drains and been washed up on our beaches. Our citizen science surveys contribute essential evidence required to stop this pollution.
 
Kids learn how to Garden Carrots.
$10 for the Volunteer Gardeners.
Volunteers learn sustainable gardening skills, enjoy socialising, and maintain the community garden.

Our garden is used for teaching schoolchildren and other visitors how easy it is to grow healthy food at home without harmful chemicals. 
Snorkel Tours.
$20 for Diving Discovery.
A stock of flippers, face masks, and wetsuits will enable us to introduce local community members to their neighbours beneath the waves

Positive first impressions are the first step to understanding and lifelong friendships!  
Aquatic Invertebrate - The Giant Tiger Prawn.
$50 toward Underwater Camera.
Gio our award-winning Youth Wildlife Ambassador needs a new camera to document and publicise the marine environment off Elwood. He needs a camera that enables him to focus in on smaller aquatic invertebrates (to see what they're up to ...). 
4 Hands Showcasing Shells from a Survey.
$100 Shell out for the Bay.
Shellfish play a key role in transferring nutrients in the food web and may be threatened by climate change. Ongoing monitoring of shellfish provides data to identify population trends and take remedial action before it’s too late. The dolphins and penguins thank you for your kind donation (healthy molluscs mean good fishing!)
2 Little Penguins.
$150 Penguin Protection.
The Earthcare St Kilda penguin study turns 30 this year. Learning to identify individual penguins provided proof of a viable, established colony that needed protection.

This work led to the breakwater being declared a Cooperative Management Area for Wildlife in 1992.

The population has grown from 66 penguins in 1986 to around 1,600 now.

Increased breeding success means more micro-chips are required to track the next generation.
 
Nesting Oystercatcher.
$200 funds 100 Local Native Plants for Seabird Habitat Improvement.
Revegetation of the St Kilda breakwater will help control erosion of the wall and provide nesting material for penguins; and may even encourage Pied and Sooty Oystercatchers to nest there too.
Dune Planting at Perc White.
Powered by people, buckets of sand and seaweed are distributed along the breakwater to nurture coastal plants.

Increased vegetation cover provides microhabitat for insects and spiders in this rich urban sanctuary.

It’s a jungle out there!
Beach Survey in Action.
$1,000 funds a Beach Protection Experience for up to 6 People.   

A one-off habitat protection activity involves relocating 20 buckets of sand and seaweed, planting 50 plants, and conducting a pier and breakwater litter audit and clean-up.

This is all under the supervision of an experienced ecotourism guide.

Citizens learn hands-on about the Bay and how we can all work to protect it.
Storytelling Nature with Kids at the Beach.
$4,000 School Sustainability Programs.
The EcoCentre's expert educators inspire schools to understand and practise sustainability. Our work transforms classroom teaching and whole-school behaviors to encourage tomorrow's leaders for sustainability.

Your donation will provide 12 x one-hour sustainability leadership workshops for students and 1 x two-hour Professional Development sessions for teachers.
 
Beach Profiling.
$5,000 funds 6 Micro-Plastic Pollution Audits. 
Our unique pollution audits are conducted with schools and community members on local streets, beaches, and waterways. The Port Phillip Baykeeper has developed beach monitoring techniques to influence how decisions are made about catchment and coastal management.

We offer micro-plastic pollution audits to identify the most common single-use plastic items littered across Melbourne (think plastic fish with soy sauce in their bellies), and beach level recording to track erosion.
Clean up the Breakwater with the Baykeeper
$10,000 sponsors 10m of Breakwater.

Your sponsorship of a designated section of the breakwater will provide for penguin microchips, volunteer coordination, erosion control materials and plants and equipment for removal of fishing line removal. 
$1 - $10,000 Life support for the Bay.
Help us care for Port Phillip Bay our watery playground and home of countless species of flora and fauna. From wavy seagrass beds to tumbling Burrunan dolphins, from majestic seahorses to soaring sea birds... Our beloved Bay is unique in the world. 

Despite having two thirds of Victorians living in its catchments, Port Phillip Bay is also home to more native species of animals and plants than the Great Barrier Reef! We need to make sure we look after this special place.

Your donation provides for biodiversity research, education, and protection – such as monitoring the health of Port Phillip Bay and working with local communities, government agencies, industry and businesses to improve water quality and habitats to maintain biodiversity.
 
DONATE NOW - it's tax deductible!