The EcoCentre regularly makes submissions to guide policy and strategy on issues regarding long term environmental wellbeing. Some are included below for your reference.
The City of Port Phillip and Port Phillip EcoCentre worked with 10 local community events to identify the key actions for a school or community event to reduce their litter and waste with the goal to being zero-waste. This project emotionally connected people to St Kilda's local colony of 1300 Little Penguins and inspired participants to reduce harmful litter entanglements when rubbish reaches St Kilda breakwater by wind or rain.
Since 2009, the EcoCentre has established strong links with Elders of the local Aboriginal community to assist in their efforts to achieve social justice and improve the health, education and employment opportunities.
In January of 2013, we released our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), endorsed by the Boon Wurrung Foundation and developed to highlight our commitment to continue to build upon and enhance this exisiting working relationship.
Your Port Phillip Baykeeper monitors the pulse of our Bay, conducting research, action and education on a number of issues:
Captain Trash isn't a real pirate ... he's an unreal pirate! Captain Trash is the alter ego of Port Phillip Baykeeper, Neil Blake (OAM). He educates kids of all ages on the 5 ARRRGHS: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Refuse and Remove. His message is to leave only footprints on the sand ... not litter.
He's especially popular with Early Learning and Primary kids, and can be booked for litter audits, shoreline shell surveys, and festivals.
Using pirate humour, strumming the ukulele, and rapping funny lyrics, Captain Trash gets kids' attention.
The EcoCentre offers highly engaging, knowledgeable speakers and workshop facilitators with a range of specialist expertise for your event.
EcoCentre staff are experienced in public speaking, radio and television appearances, workshop facilitation, panel and table discussion facilitation, leading experiential workshops and events and event MC-ing.
Clean Bay Blueprint
This project has discovered 828 million litter items reach the Bay each year from the surface of our two urban rivers.
74% of this is microplastics.
Read more in our report from project year 1, launched by the Hon Minister Lily D'Ambrosio on 17 July 2018: Microplastics in the Maribyrnong and Yarra Rivers
We are all now familiar with the fact that sunscreen is important in helping to protect our skin from sun damage. But what is the sunscreen we are dousing ourselves with doing to the environment?
Nairm Catchment Network is named for the Boon Wurrung word for Port Phillip Bay, which contains numerous smaller bays and catchments from which land feeds water from the mountains and plains to the coast.
Neil Blake, OAM, is the award-winning Port Phillip Baykeeper.
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.