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City of Port Phillip, in conjunction with the Victorian Government, is upgrading the EcoCentre building so it is more functional and sustainable. During the works, the EcoCentre will relocate to the Cora Graves Community Centre adjacent to the gardens. Construction timeline: April 2022 to mid-2023

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.  

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:

This is a time for change.

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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.


The Port Phillip EcoCentre Building Upgrade is supported by the Victorian Government and the City of Port Phillip.

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.