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Baykeepers Documentary Film


We have to look to the future  

A shortfilm (26 mins) about Port Phillip Baykeeper Neil Blake finding the sands of his local beaches are turning into a kind of micro-plastic confetti & community action.
After hearing about expansive amounts of plastic in every major ocean, Port Phillip Baykeeper Neil Blake discovers the sands of his local beaches are also insidiously turning into a kind of micro-plastic confetti.  Inspired by aboriginal traditions, in his journey to measure how much plastics are threatening marine wildlife, Blake finds a community of ‘baykeepers’ tackling litter and plastic pollution.  With his grandchildren and all the wild things that swim in mind, Blake sees that inaction is not an option. 


Directed by Michael J. Lutman
Presented by Port Phillip EcoCentre
Studio Lutman Films

$30.00 per copy -- ** OUT OF STOCK **

Port Phillip Bay Litter Breakdown Activity

A Free Download!  

There are 18 picture cards of the most common litter items on the beaches of Port Phillip Bay. There are 6 time line cards relating to how long each of the 18 items of litter take to break down (if in fact they do break down). Match the picture to the time line and start a conversation!

Calico Bag Calico bag

Who says you can't look good and be environmentally-conscious at the same time? Next time you're on the go, carry one of our calico bags to show everyone that you're working towards being "on our way to a plastic-free bay". 

$10.00 per bag or $15.00 including postage and handling



Melbourne Down Under Book

The jewels of Port Phillip Bay Melbourne Down Under Book

Revealing Melbourne’s best kept secret… a stunning marine environment that rivals tropical reefs in colour and diversity, showcased in a 208 page visual feast. From magical kelp forests, reefs that explode in a kaleidoscope of colours and dragons that sparkle like jewels. It is a surprising secret that few know. That’s why this book was created. Engaging text helps readers to discover more about this fascinating world.  Within these pages you’ll discover the fascinating plants, animals and habitats that characterise this stunning underwater world. Plants that walk, animals that bloom. Creatures that breathe through their backs and those that light up like a starry night.

Sheree Marris
$39.95 per copy or $44.95 including postage & packing

Melbourne Down Under Film

Revealing the city's best kept secret - Port Phillip Bay, an extraordinary underwater wonderland. 
Melbourne Down Under film

This stunning natural-history documentary takes you on an incredible journey of discovery, revealing the city's best kept secret - Port Phillip Bay, a vibrant and dynamic marine environment.

Meet charismatic marine mammals and deadly jet-powered predators - and witness one of the world's most spectacular marine migrations. Over 80% of the life here on the southern shores is found nowhere else on earth. From birds whose wings turn into fins, and fathers that give birth, to colour-blind chameleons and enchanting dragons that sparkle like jewls - it's a surprising secret that few know, until now. 

Director/Producer: Jarrod Boord
Executive Producer & Writer: Sheree Marris
$20.00 per copy or $25.00 including postage and handling

Alfreda the City Penguin

Alfreda the City Penguin BookAlfreda belongs to a fairy penguin colony established in the rocky breakwater at St. Kilda Beach, a Melbourne suburb on Port Phillip Bay.

One day a break in the pipeline carrying oil from multinational tankers to a nearby refinery pollutes the bay, and Alfreda and her mates are soon coated in death-dealing oil. The combined efforts of many rescuers save the lives of some of the endangered birds, but will there be a next time?

The story is based on an actual oil leak in Port Phillip in 1989, foreshadowing the much greater catastrophe of the Oil Baron off the Tasmanian coast in 1995. Picture book format, ages 6 - 12.

Meyer Eidelson

$6.00 for a printed colour copy or $11.00 including postage & packing

Beneath Our Bay

Discovering the Hidden Secrets of Port Phillip  Beneath Our Bay Book

The temperate waters of Victoria provided Gaskell, Smith and Coker the perfect canvas to photograph Port Phillip Bay’s unique marine biodiversity.  With anecdotal text of your favourite snorkelling break walls, piers and reefs; Beneath Our Bay provides a visual account of what you might see whilst exploring the shallow fringes.   Take a journey underwater and be inspired to get your fins wet this summer! 

J Gaskell, C G Smith, E Y Coker

$40.00 per copy -- ** OUT OF STOCK **

'Once as it was' Poster

Once as it was posterThe 'Once as it was' A1 poster shows the ancestral family estates of Melbourne's First People. It features information on pre-colonial areas around the Bay, such as Birrarung River and Point Ormond, with cultural approvals by Arweet Carolyn Briggs. This map is perfect for school classrooms and offices. 

Map conceived and co-ordinated by Dean Stewart
$5.00 per copy or $10.00 including postage and handling

Coastal Guide to Nature and History of Port Phillip Bay

Coastal Guide to Nature and History Port Phillip BayGraham Patterson has an intimate understanding and love of Port Phillip Bay and this guide brings the bay’s rich natural and cultural history to life.    The book takes a journey around Port Phillip from Point Lonsdale to Point Nepean, with specific locations, maps and pictures accompanying information - making the guide easily navigable and able to be dipped in and out of.   Offering historical accounts of what the shoreline used to look like 150 years ago, this book shows how geology has evolved and what people and industries have occupied the area over time.  The Coastal Guide explores the fauna and supporting habitat that survives and thrives around our bay and touches on contemporary competing demands of conservation and development.   Patterson's enthusiasm and knowledge shines through and will increase readers awareness of the bay’s irreplaceable natural values and the urgent need to protect them for future like and how to cook with delicious nettles without fear of being stung.   This book reveals all this and more, and will forever change your concept of where to go looking for lunch.

A Grub & A Raser-Roland

$30.00 per copy ** OUT OF STOCK **

Underwater Wonders of the Mornington Peninsula

Images that highlight the pristine underwater environment of Port Phillip and Western Port Bays and the unique creatures that live in it. There are not many places in the world left that have such a large column of water still relatively unpolluted so close to a large urban populated area.

Underwater Wonders of the Mornington Peninsula Book

"A picture paints a thousand words: if the public do not know what's under the water in our bays, it's hard to convince them that there is anything worth conserving. They would be amazed that we have such abundance of sea creatures from the very big migratory whales to the tiny seahorses and the underwater gardens of colourful sponges and soft & stony corals that are found in the two bays. I hope that the public will adopt a more positive  attitude if they know that the ecology in our two bays is in such pristine condition and that they would be more proactive in conserving it for future generations."

Cover: Weedy Sea-Dragon

Freddie K.Y. Leong

$20.00 per copy ** OUT OF STOCK **

Indigenous Plants of the Sandbelt - OUT OF STOCK - WAITING ON A REPRINT Indigenous Plants of the Sandbelt

The Indigenous Plants of the Sandbelt book provides a full coverage of the natural history of the Sandbelt and the plant communities that colonized the region over the past 6,000 years. The book features full colour photos of each species and many wildlife species. Plant descriptions include horticultural notes, flowering season, and Koori use. The book also has sections on local geology, habitat creation and contact details of indigenous plant nurseries in the Sandbelt.

"This book has become my gardening bible! Now I'm gardening with nature... not against it!" Tony of Brighton.

R Scott, N Blake, J Campbell, D Evans & N Williams

Marine Victoria for Volunteers - 2 COPIES LEFT

A Community Perspective Marine Victoria for Volunteers Book

After spending several years struggling to understand marine volunteerism and the potential impact that volunteer groups can have, Ray Lewis decided to write Marine Victoria for.  Volunteers as a resource for both individuals and groups.    At the time of writing, the Federal Government estimated volunteers in Australia, across all fields of endeavour to contribute 700 000 000 work hours per year and this book seeks to inspire the ‘volunteers to be.’    Aimed to support volunteers as opposed to scientists, this book uses common species names for ease of reading and includes an array of wonderful images, as well as helpful instruction.  For over a century now volunteers have played key roles in the management and protection of Victoria’s coast and Marine Victoria for Volunteers supports this vital and ongoing work.

Ray Lewis

$25.00 per copy or $30.00 including postage & packing

A Traveller's Guide to Ecocentres

A Travellers Guide to Ecocentres Book

Building and Growing Places for Reconnecting People to the Environment

The Traveller’s Guide to EcoCentres was developed by a team of researchers, evaluators and practitioners from three established ecocentres around Melbourne, including the Port Phillip EcoCentre, CERES Community Environment Park and Iramoo Sustainable Community Centre.  This unique guide includes inspirational stories, key success factors, warning signs and lessons learned to assist others in building a viable and effective ecocentre.  It also includes practical tools, resources and the opportunity to look ahead at what the challenges and opportunities one might face.  The Traveller’s Guide isn’t a prescriptive checklist of things one must do when setting up and developing an ecocentre, but rather a resource to help you get started, help you along your journey and a resource for you to dip into when contemplating new ideas or reflecting on your progress.   An invaluable resource.

Port Phillip EcoCentre Inc.

$60.00 for a printed colour copy or $65.00 including postage & packing


Guide to removing invasive species
$39.95 per copy or $44.95 including postage & packing

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.