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Welcome to the Port Phillip EcoCentre!

The Port Phillip EcoCentre works with community and government to protect and improve Port Phillip Bay and the urban ecology of Greater Melbourne in the traditional lands and waters of the Kulin Nation. Our dedicated team of scientists, educators and volunteers design and implement innovative environmental programs. We use the physical world as our classroom to connect people with their local nature. Since 1999 our collective impact has transformed the way Melbourne understands wildlife, waterways and wellbeing in the age of climate change.


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NatureSpot (1 May to 31 May, 2021)

This survey takes place across inner-south Melbourne suburbs (South of the Yarra River from Port Melbourne to Caulfield East) - Anyone is welcome to submit observations from nearby areas too. Don't forget to sign up to one of our free local surveying events - no prior knowledge required and all ages are welcome! Explore NatureSpot »

Record your sightings!


Clean Bay Blueprint

Clean Bay Blueprint

Clean Bay Blueprint is a three-year litter study conducted between July 2017 and June 2020. The project had three aims: to conduct rigorous and replicable methods to quantify plastic pollution through microplastics trawls and beach litter audits; to engage the community in citizen science actvities; and to build partnerships with other organisations that target litter and Bay health.

Learn more about the Clean Bay Blueprint


EcoCentre Redevelopment

EcoCentre Redevelopment

The new EcoCentre will provide space for Melbourne to connect, act and transform.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.

Discover the Redevelopment


Volunteer at the EcoCentre


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.

Get Involved


Unclogging Earth's arteries

Waterways are the arteries of the Earth. Plastic pollution is clogging waterways, endangering wildlife, the climate, and our way of life.

Help us sail towards a plastic-free Port Phillip Bay!



Boon Wurrung Foundation Logo 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.

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