All the latest news and events at the Port Phillip EcoCentre. Local Action = Global Future!
Port Phillip EcoCentre logo.   EcoCentre News December '16
In this Issue: The EcoCentre takes out top National Honours from KAB. It's that time of year again ... time for the sustainable festive season!  Our exciting keynote speakers program launches. Find out more about SKINC, our affiliate specialising in indigenous plants. Discover what's on at the EcoCentre and locally (a LOT). Check out our latest vollie opportunities. Or just browse some cool extras!
Winning top honours at Keep Australia Beautiful National 'Clean Beaches' Awards.
Port Phillip Cr Dick Gross, student Mitch Watson, EcoCentre EO April Seymore, EcoCentre Educator Bronnie Walsh, Graham Chappell of 3182 Beach Patrol and Earthcare St Kilda, EcoCentre Youth Wildlife Ambassdor Gio Fitzpatrick, EcoCentre Volunteer Coordinator Anthony Gallacher, Port Phillip Baykeeper Neil Blake. Photo credit: Port Phillip Cr Tim Baxter.
National Honours & Sustainable Seasonal Specialities
City of Port Phillip's summer star St Kilda West Beach and the EcoCentre team recently won top national honours from Keep Australia Beautiful for collaborative community education, research and action involving diverse partners. Congratulations all!

The Awards celebrations lead us naturally into the sustainable festive season. For a locally made, socially thoughtful stocking stuffer subscribe to Soxy Beast socks or buy their zippy December design - $1 per pair supports EcoCentre nature programs for at-risk youth. All of us benefit from nature time, so book FREE Baykeeper activities via Coastcare Summer By the Sea 2017.

The imminent new year also brings our new Speakers Program: book a sustainability spitfire to educate, inspire or facilitate at your event! Meanwhile, spot our team in clips from the EPA, TWE and Hilmar Anton. Happy season of the sun to you & yours.     ~April
Anthony Gallacher in action speaking.
Our Volunteer Coordinator Anthony Gallacher speaking at Keep Australia Beautiful 2016 Awards Workshop.
Launch of Speakers Program!
We are excited to announce the launch of our 2017 Speakers program! With in-depth expertise ranging from education for sustainability, environmental solutions and citizen science, to natural history, nature connection and many other topics, EcoCentre staff members are engaging speakers, educators, facilitators and emcees for any event. And the good news is ... you can book them now. Whether you are looking for someone to facilitate a workshop, lead a panel or table discussion or speak about the latest news, issues and research in the environment, we will match the perfect expert to your event. Find more information here.     ~Fam
St Kilda Indigenous Nursery Co-operative
Would you like to grow indigenous plants? EcoCentre affiliated group, SKINC is a community run and led nursery that grows and sells local native plants from the sandbelt area of Melbourne (south of the Yarra to Frankston).

SKINC propagates a wide range of coastal, heathland, woodland and grassland species. The nursery offers a variety of services: environmental consulting, seed collecting, contract growing, garden advice, landscape design, landscaping, and garden maintenance. They also sell a wide range of drought tolerant non-local native plants, many of which are fabulous examples of Australian flora. Check out their website here, or buy one of their jararraiums or terarriums as the perfect holiday gift.

The EcoCentre acts as an 'umbrella group' providing support to like-minded organisations so that we all achieve more. Find more info on affiliate membership here.
What's On
Thurs 8 Dec (TODAY) at Armadale Primary - School Tour Water Warriors: Teachers, come tour this upgrade to efficient water bubblers plus water-smart gardening. Email Chloe for details.
Wed 14 Dec in Elwood - Know your Neighbour Walk: Elster Creek is home to more species than Melbourne Zoo! Now you can spot them all.
Sat 17 Dec in St Kilda - Build a Nest Box: Craft a cozy home for wildlife, guided by our Youth Wildlife Ambassador Gio.

Thurs 5 Jan at Point Lonsdale Pier - Shoreline Shell Survey: Join Neil the Baykeeper on a beach walk to record shells and discuss their habits and habitats.
Sun 8 Jan at Rye Beach - Seaside Scavenge: Join everyone's favourite pirate Captain Trash, and enjoy a screening of Baykeepers.
Sat 8 Jan in St Kilda - Plants for Penguins: Calling all 15-25 yr olds to revegetate Little Penguin habitat. Then socialise over pizza and a film.
Tues 10 Jan in St Kilda - Plants for Penguins: Calling all ages to revegetate Little Penguin habitat. Ensure their nests are made of plants, not plastics.
Tues 10 Jan at St KIlda West Beach - Walk on the Wild Side: Guided natural history walk with Neil the Port Phillip Baykeeper.
Wed 11 Jan in Newport - Coast Bike Ride: Explore the Williamstown coast with our Educator Bronnie on a 30km cycle tour, meeting local Eco-legends along the way.
Wed 11 Jan at Point Gellibrand - Shoreline Shell Survey: Join Neil the Baykeeper on a beach walk to record shells and discuss their habits and habitats.
Mon 16 Jan at Seaford Pier - Shoreline Shell Survey: Join Neil the Baykeeper on a beach walk to record shells and discuss their habits and habitats.
Mon 16 Jan at St Kilda West Beach - Walk on the Wild Side: Guided natural history walk with Neil the Port Phillip Baykeeper.
2 - 26 Jan at the Coast - Summer by the Sea: Hundreds of FREE guided activities to learn the secrets of our coast, and explore our Bay. Program here or follow along on their facebook.
Be a Vollie!
Every Friday at EcoCentre - Community Garden Group. Seeking green thumbs, propagation wizzes, waterers, and  training black thumbs.
Dec 2016 to April 2017 in St Kilda - Become a penguin guide with Earthcare St Kilda.
Register now for Sun 5 Mar 2017 - Join the Clean Up Australia Day effort with the 3199 Beach Patrol crew. Clean up our much loved Frankston beach!
Cool Extras
Join the Great Victoria Fish Count 2016 which runs to 11 December. Take to coastal waters with volunteer divers and snorkelers to count reef fish and contribute to citizen science.
Bring your foodscraps for the EcoCentre's Community Compost: Deposit them into the mini green compost bin on our veranda. Thanks to our generous volunteers we are up and running again.
What is the sound of a wild snail eating? Read up on literary insights into how we see and connect with nature!
Great Victorian Fish Count: Fun with spelling.
EcoCentre staff and friends snorkelling last week at Point Ormond for the Great Victorian Fish Count. Gotta count them all!
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