Mcnamara Candidates on Climate Change forum header
Climate change can sound massive, and technical, but will be increasingly expressed in everyday experiences: our ability to drink clean water, the cost of energy, what foods can be farmed, what animals we see in our neighbourhoods, and our health (particularly of kids and seniors).

The upcoming Federal Election could be a game changer - join us at the Macnamara Candidates' Forum this Wednesday 7-9pm at St Kilda Town Hall to hear Labor, Liberal and Greens candidates answer our community questions about climate change and energy. FREE - book here.

I'll be there.

Thanks, April         
Steps to Sustainability Conference 2019
The EcoCentre was proud to host the 5th annual Steps to Sustainability Conference last week, the premier school sustainability event in Victoria! This was our biggest conference yet, with over 200 educators and local government officers joining together to discover how to connect students to life on land and below water, learning from 20 workshops delivered by local schools.
Shark in our bay from Baykeepers short film
There are more endemic species below the surface of Port Phillip Bay than there are in the Great Barrier Reef - but the beauty of our Bay is under threat from plastic pollution. Watch our brand new short film - Baykeepers: Beauty of our Bay, to discover what lies beneath our Bay and why we're fighting so hard to protect it. Thank you Michael Lutman for this gorgeous film!
Whale and Dolphin Citizen Science image
The Two Bays Whale Project by Dolphin Research Institute is a new citizen science initiative to formally record sightings whale and dolphin species within Port Phillip, Western Port and adjacent waters. Join us for an exclusive presentation on how you can identify species and record sightings in the Bay, and how your sightings will be used to help these animals. Registrations are essential and spots are limited! This presentation is open to all volunteers, members, affiliates, and partners of the EcoCentre. See you there!
Plastic in the Yarra River
Litter volume in the Yarra is on the rise - a recent report showed that over 50 tonnes are being fished out of the Yarra every year. "We need to stop it on the streets," EcoCentre EO April Seymore told The Age. The first ever State of the Yarra report - including evidence gathered by the EcoCentre, Port Phillip Baykeeper and Yarra Riverkeeper - reveals that the river is in poor condition in 18 of 36 environmental indicators of its health. Support our friends at the Yarra Riverkeeper Association as they fight for the health of the Yarra.

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Garden Vollies

We're looking for new volunteers to join us at the EcoCentre! Whether you want to be part of our Garden Group or cook a delicious community lunch on Fridays, help us out as an admin vollie at our reception, or get involved with citizen science projects, we'd love to have you on board. 

Ready to get involved? Join us at an upcoming induction on 5th April or 14th May to get started. Register above to find out more!

Mark your diary

• Wed 3 Apr 7-9pm -  Macnamara Candidates Climate Forum. With the federal election set to happen by May, come and hear what the candidates for the seat of Macnamara (formerly Melbourne Ports) have to say about climate change and energy at this free community-organised forum.. Held at St Kilda Town Hall, register for free tickets here.
• Fri 5 Apr 9:30am - 12pm -  Deep Time Walk, run by Step Through Time. Part history lesson, part mindfulness, this walk will help you take a step out of your own life and understand the really big picture. Meet at North Point, Brighton. Buy your tickets here.
• Fri 5 Apr 10:30-11:30am -  EcoCentre Volunteer Induction. Join us to get started volunteering with the EcoCentre! Registrations essential.
• Sun 7 Apr 9:30am - 12:30pm -  Grey to Green: Citizen Science Offshore Reef Monitoring (Portarlington), hosted by the Port Phillip Baykeeper. Join us to monitor the effects of an offshore reef constructed in March 2018. Registrations essential.
• Wed 10 Apr 1:30 - 3:30pm -  Grow & Eat Cooking & Gardening session. Perfect school holiday fun for the family, hosted by South Port Uniting Church in Port Melbourne. Registrations essential by email.
• Sat 13 Apr 12-1pm -  Build a Native Terrarium Workshop, hosted by Westgate Biodiversity: Bili Nursery and Landcare. $40 - register here.
• Sun 14 Apr 2-5pm - St Kilda Repair Cafe at the EcoCentre. Don't toss it - bring it to the Repair Cafe and let one of our volunteer fixers make it as good as new while you learn new skills and enjoy a cup of tea. FREE.
• Tues 16 Apr 6:30-7:30pm -  Whale and Dolphin Citizen Science Workshop, hosted by Two Bays Whale Project at the EcoCentre. Learn how to identify whales and dolphins, and contribute to citizen science. Free for volunteers, members, partners, and affiliates of the EcoCentre - register here. Become a member for free to come along!
• Tues 30 Apr 6:00-8:15pm -  Screening of 'Murder on the Reef' & Q&A, part of Art + Climate = Change 2019 Festival at the Alliance Francaise de Melbourne, St Kilda. Watch the award-winning documentary 'Murder on the Reef', and participate in a Q&A with panelists including Neil Blake, Port Phillip Baykeeper. Registrations are essential.
• Tues 14 May 6:30 - 7:30pm -  EcoCentre Volunteer Induction (Evening Session). Join us to get started volunteering with the EcoCentre! Registrations essential.
• Tues 21 May 9am - 3pm -  Our City in Nature forum, hosted by Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority, Melbourne Water, Parks Victoria, and DELWP. An exciting forum focusing on Melbourne and its relationship to fauna and flora. Registrations essential.
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