Volunteers drive our community-powered action, as we work to inspire, educate and demonstrate sustainable environmental practice and strengthen people's connection to the natural world.
All volunteers must complete an induction before volunteering with us.
An EcoCentre where we all belong.
The people of Port Phillip and Greater Melbourne want to live in a greener, cooler, more liveable city. We want to breathe clean air and walk on litter-free beaches. We want our children and grandchildren to swim in a plastic-free bay, to hear birds singing in our parks and gardens, to understand and care about this place we call home. We want our homes and streets to be resilient to the impacts of climate change.
As a Brighton Sea Scouts Venturer, Sam Perkins noticed an alarming amount of microplastic appearing at the Holloway Bend Beach in Brighton. Concerned with the impact these microplastics would have on the life in Port Phillip Bay, Sam was inspired to protect the bay as his project in pursuit of the Queen’s Scout Environment Award. The question was: where to start?
By Francisca Alliende
I moved to Australia in 2018 as an experienced landscape architect. I’ve always had a passion for plants and wanted to help people connect with the land, and also learn more about my local community and environment. A year later, I’ve found my home in Australia through the Port Phillip EcoCentre.
St Joseph’s students joined hands-on catchment care to raise $20,000 through Living Water Workbees, allowing them to install rainwater tanks and a raingarden of indigenous plants, funded through the Victorian Government’s Port Phillip Bay Fund. 85% of the water used in St Joseph’s Primary School (Elsternwick) is now supplied from their tanks; and during heavy rain, stormwater is slowed and filtered by the gardens before flowing to our Bay.
Students from Albert Park Primary School (APPS) have had the opportunity to meet with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to share their learnings as Grade 6 Sustainability Leaders.
As part of the Victorian Government’s ResourceSmart Schools Program, Albert Park Primary School has completed the energy and waste modules and is currently completing the biodiversity module, to certify their focus on sustainable actions in school and in their broader community.
Help us build the EcoCentre family.
Make a lasting contribution to the EcoCentre with just 2 minutes of your time!
Membership is now lifetime by default - appreciating the enduring relationships that EcoCentre members and Affiliates build to each other, and our beautiful patch of the planet.
We appreciate the support of our Community Partners:
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.