What is the Port Phillip EcoCentre?
The Port Phillip EcoCentre is a not-for-profit, community-managed, environment group, providing a base for affiliate groups involved in activities that promote biodiversity, environmental sustainability and community action. Our scientists, educators and volunteers use the outdoor world as our classroom to connect people with local nature. We educate, connect and inspire people to care for land, water, wildlife and community wellbeing. Visit our About Us page to learn more about who we are and what we do.
What's the latest on the EcoCentre Redevelopment?
We’re excited that we’ve been succesful to recieve support from the City of Port Phillip and Victorian State Government to back the redevelopment of our new hub. You’ll find the latest informaiton on the redevelopment by visiting the ‘Our Future Hub‘ page.
Where are you located?
We are currently located on the north-west corner of the St Kilda Botanical Gardens, 200m from corner of Acland & Barkly Streets:
55A Blessington St, St Kilda, VIC 3182
We will temporarily move to a new workspace during the contruction phase of the redevelopment, but we will keep you posted once this temporary space has been confirmed.
What are your operation hours?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on (03) 9534 0670 to confirm our current operation hours.
How much does it cost to book an excursion?
Prices are available on each individual excursion page and vary, depending upon the particular excursion.
How do I become an EcoCentre volunteer?
Our volunteers are the heart and soul of our organisation and play a major role in ability to demonstrate regenerative environmental practices and help strengthen community connection to nature. To become a volunteer, you must first complete an induction.
Visit the Volunteer page to find out more and sign up to the next volunteer induction session!
What are the benefits of becoming a Group/Organisation Affiliate? How much does it cost?
Affiliation Fees run from July – June (pro-rata) at $20 per year plus $1 per member per year (+ GST).
With affiliation, your organisation will gain access to many EcoCentre resources and support services. Once your organisation has affiliate membership, you will have 48 hours of access to our meeting room and events space, per calendar hear (meetin froom hire rate for non-affiliated members is $66 per hour). You’ll also have access to our networking forums, social events, and professional development opportunities. Find out more by visiting Groups and Organisations membership – Affliate
Where can I see the penguins? Where do I find more information about penguins?
The St Kilda breakwater and St Kilda pier are where you’ll find the colony of just 1,400 Little Penguins. For the most up-to-date information on how you can view the penguins, we recommend that you visit the Earthcare St Kilda website.
What corporate volunteering / organisational team-building activities do you offer?
Our Corporate Volunteer Program and Team Building days allow you to fulfill your company’s Corporate Social Responsibility aspirations. We offer a range of corporate volunteering opportunities that contribute to healthy waterways and habitats for Melbourne’s unique biodiversity. Visit the Corporate Volunteering page to explore the different activities.
Can I use the venue for my yoga/health/art program?
Yes! We are happy for you to use our venue space to host your program. Learn more about our venue space by visiting the Venue Hire page or get in touch to learn about our commercial rates for hosting your program at the EcoCentre.
Can I book the venue for my kid's party?
You’re welcome to hire our venue for your kid’s party, but it has to be Zero Waste – we’re happy to help you with this! Check the Zero Waste Events page to find out more.
Can I book the meeting room?
Yes, at a rate per the venue hire policy matrix. If you are a community environment group that meets more than once per year, you may wish to apply to become an Affiliate for free meeting room hire.
Can I do my work placement / internship at the EcoCentre?
We love interns! We host about 20 per year, and will do our best to accomodate you. However, it depends on your learning goals and our project schedule during your target dates. Sometimes we also book out far in advance. If you are from an underrepresented community, consider applying for our Multicultural Bay Ambassador summer program advertised each November.
Is the community compost open? Can I compost X?
The EcoCentre community compost bay is now open again and accepting organic waste! We’re in particular need of shredded paper and cardboard (brown waste) to balance out the food scraps (green waste) that we’ve already received.
If you’re new to the world of composting and are unsure about whether you can compost something or not, we recommend that you visit CompostRevolution.com.au and ShareWaste.com for some helpful tips!
Do you sell plants and veggies?
You’re welcome to harvest some fresh, organically grown leafy greens and herbs from our garden at a small cost of $5 for a brown bag. We usually have surplus of seedlings too (gold coin donation). There is a QR code just near the stall if you’d like gift us an online donation outside of EcoCentre hours.
Is the EcoCentre in charge of the St Kilda Botanical Gardens?
The St Kilda Botanical Gardens is managed by the City of Port Phillip. Click here to learn more about the St Kilda Botanical Gardens.
Can we buy succulents from your glass house?
The glass house is managed by the Friends of St Kilda Botanical Gardens group. Please get in contact with them if you are interested in purchasing plants from the glass house.
I've come across injured wildlife, what should I do?
If you’ve found an animal that is in need of help, please contact Wildlife Victoria. Call them on (03) 8400 7300, or fill in their quick response form.
Where can I donate?
You are able to give us a gift by visiting GiveNow.com.au/EcoCentre or by heading to our donations page.