An empowered community, actively cultivating long-term environmental well-being.
The EcoCentre regularly makes submissions to guide policy and strategy on issues regarding long term environmental wellbeing. Some are included below for your reference.
Your Port Phillip Baykeeper monitors the pulse of our Bay, conducting research, action and education on a number of issues:
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.
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
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.
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?
- Microplastics bad for bay, October 2018. Tiny plastic pieces a huge threat to ecosystem. Article written by Port Phillip Baykeeper, Neil Blake.
- Greens to grow eco hub, October 2018. Port Phillip's popular EcoCentre will be given a $2.75 million cash injection if the Greens win at November's State Election.
- Call for science superheroes, October 2018. The Port Phillip EcoCentre team needs people to help protect our bay, by collecting information and photos of what you see by the seaside. Through citizen science, beachcombing becomes a superpower.
- A tale of two beaches and their rubbish problem, July 2018. Any way the wind blows, streams of rubbish will be dragged to the shores of Port Phillip Bay.
- Millions of plastic pieces choking Port Phillip Bay, June 2018. Port Phillip EcoCentre released data calculating 800 million bits of rubbish are flowing into Port Phillip Bay annually from just two rivers, painting an alarming picture of pollution on Melbourne’s much-loved coastline.
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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.