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Global Melbourne

Empowering multicultural residents and visitors to protect our Bay

Melbourne is diverse and growing. Over 40% of residents are born overseas and the city hosts 2.5 million international visitors annually. The Global Melbourne project engages with multicultural communities by removing barriers and increasing opportunities to learn about and take action to protect the Bay. We do this in various ways: partnering with hostels and tour operator to encourage eco-active tourism; recruiting culturally diverse youth as Multicultural Bay Ambassadors; and developing multilingual Baykeepers short films to improve accessibility and community engagement. 

Eco-active tourism

EcoCentre educators are delivering monthly events for guests at Melbourne YHA and Habitat HQ on local flora & fauna as well as facilitating volunteering activities to protect our Bay and marine life at St Kilda foreshore. We also work closely with hostel staff and provide training to support ongoing initiatives to increase environmentally conscious travel. 

Walks 101 is partnering with the EcoCentre to run walking tours to explore urban wildlife and Melbourne waterways, by incorporating elements that demonstrates how city life is connected to Port Phillip Bay. 

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Multicultural Bay Ambassadors

Culturally inclusive events will be held by ambassadors, who will experience and be trained on a range of Baykeeper activities. These ambassadors will champion new engagement projects and help the EcoCentre better understand and engage effectively, with Melbourne’s multicultural communities. 

Multilingual Baykeepers film

We are partnering once again with Lutman Films, creator of documentary film Baykeepers, to produce multilingual clips and films that capture stories of culture and waterways. Films will be screened at schools and community groups to increase awareness on microplastics and encourage taking action.

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Watch Baykeepers documentary on Youtube or contact Reiko to organise a screening event. 

To find out more about the project, email Reiko or call 03 9534 0670

This project is funded by the Victorian Government Port Phillip Bay Fund from 2018 to 2020.

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The EcoCentre acknowledges 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.

We proudly work in partnership with Arweet Carolyn Briggs and the Boon Wurrung Foundation.