EcoCentre redevelopment September 2020 Render

EcoCentre Redevelopment

An EcoCentre where we all belong.

The people of Port Phillip and Greater Melbourne want to live in a greener, cooler, more liveable city. We want to breathe clean air and walk on litter-free beaches. We want our children and grandchildren to swim in a plastic-free bay, to hear birds singing in our parks and gardens, to understand and care about this place we call home. We want our homes and streets to be resilient to the impacts of climate change. 

In March 2020, the environment was the top concern for Australians (Ipsos 2020), and over the last 21 years the Port Phillip EcoCentre has helped translate that care into action. In the last decade we have seen a 500-fold increase in young people engaging with our programs, a 660% increase in people taking action to restore their local environment, and our volunteer hours have increased to a record 21,021 per year in 2020. Our cottage facilities are no longer fit-for-purpose, demonstrating sustainable practice, meeting capacity demands or accessibility requirements.

At a time when Australians are increasingly seeking ways to connect and create tangible change, the EcoCentre’s team and expert network are equipped to scale up community leadership for the climate, health and economic challenges ahead. The EcoCentre is a place where everyone comes together to care for the places we all love, together with people from all sectors of our diverse community.  

Students harvesting from the garden Volunteers preparing food Microplastic analysis volunteers

Providing space for Melbourne to connect, act and transform.

As a base to stimulate connection, education and action, our new EcoCentre will contribute to a thriving future where humans live sustainably, with equitable access to clean air and water, healthy soil, abundant wildlife and renewable energy:

  • community space triple the size of the EcoCentre's current meeting room, to house excursions and educator PD workshops, as well as community workshops, meetings, and volunteer trainings
  • All-weather learnscapes to enable year-round place-based education for learners of all ages, including adult groups, large school classes and early childhood groups
  • World leadership-rated sustainable design. Net zero carbon in operation and construction, and powered by 170 rooftop solar panels, the new building will model innovative sustainable design and living
  • A fully fit out community kitchen and garden, nature play nook and accessible decks, including native climbing plants on the building's exterior and no loss of open space
  • One of the first citizen science labs in Australia, supporting volunteer-driven projects including microplastic analysis and biodiversity research

This is a time for change.

Redevelopment timeline: Growing community environmental action (1999 to present); Planning & Design (Jul 2020); (Current Stage); Matched funding secured (2020-21); Construction (2021)

Join us to create a thriving world.

The City of Port Phillip and Victorian State Government have each committed $2.75 million to capital costs. 

We are now seeking contributions from philanthropy, business and community to assist with remaining costs of redevelopment and support the expansion of our programs for increased impact.

Get in touch with April Seymore, Executive Officer, to discuss this project.


Boon Wurrung Foundation Logo The EcoCentre acknowledges the Kulin Nations, including the Yalukut Weelam 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.