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EcoCentre PDF Resources

Clean Bay Blueprint is a three-year litter study conducted between July 2017 and June 2020.

Learn moreDownload The Full Report

Evaluation process guide, evaluation form, and detailed evaluation rubric to help you improve your citizen science projects.

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Enjoy a local adventure! Elster Creek is the only remaining waterway between the Yarra and Mordialloc Creek. Download this guide and come on a journey with us along the Elster Creek, from Elsternwick Park to the Bay.

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Download this guide for suggested native plants that will provide essential food, breeding sites and shelter to increase your backyard biodiversity.

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The 5 steps within this guide can be implemented by any school or community group, regardless of the size of the school or event, the number of people involved, or how sustainable the school is (many schools implement these steps to save money).

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Download the the Port Phillip EcoCentre Zero Waste Guidelines. Visit our Zero Waste Events page to find out how you can host your next event at the EcoCentre.

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Download this guide to uncover our learnings and frameworks for knowledge sharing to enable your NFP to invest in people and build knowledge to achieve your mission.

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The Port Phillip EcoCentre, in collaboration with Werribee River Assoication and Yarra Riverkeeper, has researched the potential to establish a network made up of community-based organisations involved in the protection and restoration of the Port Phillip Bay and/or its associated water catchment areas. In this report, we call this the Nairm Catchments Network. Nairm is the Boon Wurrung word for Port Phillip Bay.

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Nature Cards: Our Five Favourite Birds and Flowers in Melbourne Explore local nature with our new multilingual nature picture cards! Download the cards, save them on your phone, and take it with you to a local park or visit St Kilda to spot these beauties. Click the link below to download the PDF cards.

Community language translations were made possible by the help of our volunteers – thank you!

Easy English

Deutsche

Español

Hindi

Bahasa Indonesia

Bahasa Melayu

Português

This guide is a synthesis of shared learnings of the Port Phillip EcoCentre, Iramoo and CERES, a collaboration guided by Pat Armstrong and Brian Sharpley. We also sought the assistance of other ecocentres; exploring their issues and needs, and the history of how they formed and developed.

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Baykeeper Resources

A position paper provides recommended actions to Local, State and Federal Governments, to address the threats presented to the health of Port Phillip Bay.

Download our suite of evidence-based position papers to uncover the position of the Port Phillip Baykeeper on the below issues regarding the health of the Bay:

Microplastics

Northern Pacific Seastars

Spider Crabs

Beach Litter Surveys
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Download Litter Audit Sheet

River Creek Bank Litter Surveys
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Download Litter Audit Sheet

Street Litter Surveys
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Download Litter Audit Sheet

Help us study litter without overlooking microplastics. This data captures litter type, volume and collectively illustrates pathways from our coasts backwards to source hotspots. These zoomed in quadrat surveys can be completed by a small team during a broader clean-up activity. Collected data also goes into the Australian Marine Debris Initiative database.

Blessington Street Cigarette Butt Report, 2011

Government and community can design well-targeted interventions by counting butt litter specifically address by address, and mapping adjacent infrastructure and land use type

Shoreline Shell Surveys
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Download Shoreline Shell Survey

The size, variety and abundance of molluscs (and their shells) in the intertidal zone and shoreline are biological indicators of changes in our Bay. This is a great activity for all ages to record and conduct basic classifications as you beachcomb. How to describe the shells you find – basics and intermediate

Live Mollusc Surveys
Get your feet wet helping us dig up, identify and measure molluscs. The EcoCentre have a permit to handle and replace these mysterious, little living engineers of our Bay – contact us to learn more.

Videos

Our Catchment
Baykeepers
Time of Chaos
Beauty of our Bay
Microplastics in our Bay
How plastic chokes wildlife
A Little Bit of Litter
Bay360
Elster Creek Wildlife
Water Bugs of Elster Creek

Our Awards

Finalist, Community Award, Premier’s Sustainability Awards December 2020
Living Water Workbees (nominated with Werribee River Association)

Finalist, Environmental Protection Award, Premier’s Sustainability Awards December 2020
Clean Bay Blueprint (nominated with Yarra Riverkeeper Association)

Emerging Marine and Coastal Champion, Victorian Marine and Coastal Awards November 2020
Fam Charko

Inspiring Community Engagement and Education, Victorian Marine and Coastal Awards November 2020
Port Phillip Baykeeper

Finalist, Environment Award, Keep Victoria Beautiful Awards November 2020
Living Water Workbees

Finalist, Young Legends Award, Keep Victoria Beautiful Awards November 2020
Multicultural Bay Ambassadors (Chenxin Tu, Oscar Chen, Katy Li, Noor Salman, Saniya Dsouza, Jinhua Xue, Niharika Sharma, Elissa Howard and Yashoda Pathak)

Finalist, Waste Award, Keep Victoria Beautiful Awards November 2020
St Kilda Repair Cafe (nominated with JECO)

Finalist, Council Environment Award, Keep Victoria Beautiful Awards November 2020
NatureSpot Citizen Science Project (nominated with City of Port Phillip)

Finalist, Sylvia Earle Ocean Conservation Award, MY HERO International Film Festival 2020
Our Catchment

Finalist, Clean Beach/Waterway Award, Keep Victoria Beautiful Awards October 2019
Clean Bay Blueprint

Finalist, Protection of the Environment Award, Keep Victoria Beautiful Awards October 2019
Alive Outside

Excellence Award, Victorian Environmental Educator of the Year November 2018
Karen Jones (Education Manager, 2018)

Finalist, Australian Environmental Educator of the Year November 2018
April Seymore (Executive Officer)

Clean Beach/Waterway Award, Keep Victoria Beautiful Awards October 2018 
Be the RE-Generation

Young Leaders Award, Keep Victoria Beautiful Awards October 2018 
Sam Perkins

Young Leaders Award (Finalist), Keep Victoria Beautiful Awards October 2018 
Chenxin Tu

Highly Commended, Keep Victoria Beautiful Awards October 2018 
Penguin Friendly Events

Premier’s Sustainability Awards – Education (Finalist) October 2017
Steps to Sustainability Conference

Keep Victoria Beautiful  ‘Clean Beach and Waterways’ Award September 2017
Baykeeper ‘Street to Sea’ Litter Audits, Little Bit of Litter clip, and citizen science network

 ‘Excellence Award’ Environmental Education Victoria, Educator of the Year Awards June 2017
April Seymore (EO and former Education Manager)

Overall Winner, Keep Australia Beautiful National ‘Clean Beaches’ Awards October 2016West Beach St Kilda / EcoCentre and partners

Dame Phyllis Frost Award, Keep Australia Beautiful National ‘Clean Beaches’ Awards October 2016
EcoCentre / West Beach St Kilda

Young Leaders Award, Keep Australia Beautiful National ‘Clean Beaches’ Awards October 2016
Gio Fitzpatrick
Read the Keep Australia Beautiful Media Release, and lovely words from the judges in the Winners Booklet.

Keep Victoria Beautiful ‘Young Leaders’ July 2016
Gio Fitzpatrick

Keep Victoria Beautiful ‘Clean Beach and Waterways’ (Finalist) July 2016
Port Phillip Baykeeper

Keep Victoria Beautiful ‘Community’ (Finalist) July 2016
Well Waters

United Nations Association of Australia, Individual Achievement AwardJune 2016
Gio Fitzpatrick (Youth Wildlife Ambassador)

United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards, Community Award (Category Finalist)2016
Well Waters

Inner Eastern Local Learning Education Network, Outstanding Individual Achievement (15-20 years old) Award2016
Gio Fitzpatrick (Youth Wildlife Ambassador)

Inner Eastern Local Learning and Employment Network Outstanding Individual Achievement Award (age 20+) 2016
Bronnie Walsh
For work with young people including six Duke of Edinburgh students from Elwood College

Premier’s Sustainability Award: Cleaner Yarra and Bay Award2014
Life Support for the Bay

Premier’s Recognition Award2014
Life Support for the Bay

Lorum Ipssum

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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.