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?
- Rising tide of plastic choking Port Phillip Bay, July 2019. Port Phillip EcoCentre released updated data, showing that 1.4 billion pieces of rubbish are flowing into the Bay annually. Over 1 billion of these litter pieces are microplastics, almost double what was previously calculated.
- Tons of litter fished from Yarra every year as native species suffer, March 2019. Microplastics accounted for about three-quarters of the waste flowing into the Bay.
- 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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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.
Neil Blake, OAM, is the award-winning Port Phillip Baykeeper.
Wildlife and Nest Boxes
Melbourne has an incredible variety of native plants and animals living within our suburbs and Bay. The EcoCentre is passionate about sharing the wonders of this urban wildlife with everyone through:
- School and ELC incursions and excursions
- Community Walks
- Community festivals and events
- Presentations and workshops
- Keynote speaking
Wildlife within Melbourne (and other urban ares) especially arboreal (tree-dependant) and noctural (active during the night) species face numerous pressures from urbanisation.
The EcoCentre has a long running urban habitat and nest box program that provide much needed homes (habitat) for the following species:
- Eastern Rosella
- Microbats (especially Gould's Wattled Bat)
- Wood Duck
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.