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2019 Summer Program

Our 2019 summer program includes free Alive Outside events for 12-25 year olds in City of Port Phillip, and free Baykeeper family programs through Summer By the Sea - the annual calendar of amazing events all along Victoria's coastlines.


Read our 2017-18 Annual Report

Thank you to our many members, partners and Affiliates who joined our Annual General Meeting. Read our Annual Report online to learn about our collective impacts and achievements.


Local suburbs have 3x more species than Melbourne Zoo!

Our Youth Wildlife Ambassador has recorded over 1000 species in the corridor from Elsternwick Park to the reef at Point Ormond, Elwood. Check out some of our wild neighbours in this clip then join our wildlife walks to meet some fauna in person.


Catchy music video cleans up MC Guttermouth's act


Say G'Day to the Bay

Catch up on local environmental news on the Port Phillip Baykeeper blog. Read Neil's latest article on Melbourne's world class water!


Our TAKE2 Pledge

There and Back Again: An International Development Worker’s Tale

Isabel Robinson, as told to Josh Solomonsz

I first went to Papua New Guinea when I was 19. Before then, I had lived a somewhat sheltered life – I grew up in Middle Park, went to a private school in St Kilda, and my only overseas experience had been a school exchange to Tuscany in Year 10. I left school and started a Bachelor of Arts at Melbourne University, but after so many years of study, I think I was tired of the theoretical. I was reading all these articles about aid and development and environmental damage and globalisation, but had no practical experience of what this looked like. After a year and a half of Arts, I took a leave of absence and volunteered in PNG, where I was confronted with a reality very different from my own. Life in the villages was full of joy but also difficult, particularly for women. Women my age might already have several children and spend most of their time tending their gardens, cooking, cleaning and collecting water. I realised that travelling, going to university and pursuing a career was not, in fact, totally normal, but a privilege that I must use and use well.   

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Slip, slop, slap sustainably: reef-safe sunscreens

This summer, beachgoers are urged to slip, slop and slap sustainably by using sunscreen not containing toxic chemicals, to avoid further damage to our reefs. Chemicals in sunscreen can wash off directly to the ocean when swimming. They can also be carried off the sand to the ocean as the tide rises, particularly if beachgoers use spray-on sunscreen which leaves residue chemicals across the sand. Even sunscreen washed off in the shower has the potential to end up in the ocean.  

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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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