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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

To better understand and engage effetively with Melbourne's diverse residents, we've recuited four culturally diverse volunteer interns as the EcoCentre's Multicultural Bay Ambassadors. These ambassadors will experience and be trained on a range of Baykeeper activities and champion new engagement events to help the EcoCentre deliver more inclusive programs.

We're excited to welcome Elissa Howard, Ranjith Venkatesan, Yashoda Pathak and Katy Li to the EcoCentre team as our 2018/19 ambassadors. Look out for their events in February & March 2019! Read their bio here

We will have another round of ambassadors recuritment in November 2019. If you are from a culturally diverse background and interested in getting involved, contact reiko@ecocentre.com

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.

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

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To find out more about the Global Melbourne 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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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.