This issue: We've got that winning feeling; Education Team opportunities; Members' movie pass giveaway; Village Nursery at SKINC; Elwood Poetry Prize (earth); Film night (Trees falling in the forest); EcoCentre microplastics research; What's on in August

Above: EcoCentre volunteer Mary 'Jess' Jeyasingham has won the Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria 'Young Leaders' award.


City of Port Phillip and EcoCentre win two Sustainable Cities Awards
 

EcoCentre and City of Port Phillip flexed some muscle at Friday night's Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria Sustainable Cities awards, taking out two awards after making the finals in a whopping nine categories.

The EcoCentre won the Clean Beaches & Waterways award for our Baykeepers filmYarra Plume and Seastar Management Projects. Congrats to Baykeeper Neil Blake and thank you to all our collaborators. The Young Leaders award went to EcoCentre volunteer and student Mary 'Jess' Jeyasingham (above in pink). 

Shortlised for the Community action and leadership award were the EcoCentre's Teachers Environment Network and the City of Port Phillip's She Spoke-southside women on wheels project (watch YouTube clip about She Spoke). Our schools team was also a finalist in the Active Schools catergory for our work with Montague Continuing Education Centre and COPP was a finalist in the overall Sustainable City of the Year Award.

 

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EDUCATION TEAM VOLUNTARY OPPORTUNITIES

Sustainable Schools Festival 2014

The Sustainable Schools Festival is looking for 2 partnership and prize liaisons. These two responsible, articulate (and dare we say charming?) volunteers will contact local businesses for prizes to give to local schools, students and teachers in recognition of their green efforts. We prefer someone who can dedicate a regular half day per week between now and the 11 September Sustainable Schools Festival.  MORE DETAILS.
 

Beach excursion assistants 12 Aug.

Like to help with a mega beach excursion? 108 Year 6 students will be divided into four groups for activities at a St Kilda beach on 12 August. We need volunteers who hold current Working With Children cards to join each of our 4 educators to support these hands-on sessions. INTERESTED?
Village nursery program at SKINC 



St Kilda Indigenous Nursery (SKINC) supported by Landcare Australia/Westpac Foundation are running two, four-week programs for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people interested in horticulture, starting 8 September and finishing 3 October. Facilitators from the Boonwurrung Foundation will be delivering training on Thursdays during this four-week course. MORE INFO.
 

EcoCentre publishes report on micro-plastics pilot study 

EcoCentre has wrapped up a six month collaborative pilot study into micro-plastics in the Maribyrnong and Yarra Rivers and Port Phillip Bay, using similar trawling methods to 5 Gyres Institute. We conducted manta net trawls by boat with the Yarra Riverkeeper and found that the total number of trawl sampled plastics recorded in the Yarra (268) and the
Maribyrnong (229) equated to 586,920 per year and 501,510 respectively. Over the same period, EcoCentre volunteers also conducted weekly audits for plastic pre-production pellets (nurdles) on local beaches. This study was funded through the State Government’s Litter Hotspots’ program. DOWNLOAD THE REPORT.
 
Elwood Poetry Prize closes 14 Aug. This year's theme: 'earth'. 



Pen your poetic thoughts on the theme of 'earth' to enter this year's Elwood Poetry Prize. Entries close 14 August. The fifth annual Elwood Poetry Prize 2013 attracted the talents of local poets of all ages, including over 200 from students. The EcoCentre organises this popular competition in collaboration with Cr Jane Touzeau. ENTRY DETAILS.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

St Kilda Botanical Gardens Walk
- Sunday 10 Aug., 2pm-3pm


Enthusiastic botanist and EcoCentre educator Peter Kelly will be leading his last guided walk for winter in the charming St Kilda Botanical gardens on 10 August.

Discover significant trees, wildlife hideouts, indigenous flora and even fungi underfoot. Cost: from $5-$20. Includes cuppa and muffins. Book for this walk. 
Film Night & Discussion
-Trees falling in the forest

Monday, 15 September 7pm-9pm

In this brand new film, follow the story of 6 activists as they go to increasing extremes, risking their lives and arrest to bring attention to the destruction of Australia's environment. 

The film explores the role of the media in defining the response to the activists and the issues. If the media doesn't pay attention, will all their efforts be in vain?.

Special guest speaker: Film director Kim Paul Nguyen. Entry $5. RSVP FOR TREES FALLING IN THE FOREST.

Please note there will be no film night in August.

MORE AUGUST EVENTS

Port Phillip BUG (Bicycle Users Group) meeting
Wednesday 6 August - St Kilda

Edible Weeds walk & brunch in
St Kilda Botanical Gardens

Saturday 9 August - St Kilda

Beach Patrol 3182 beach clean up
Saturday 9 August - St Kilda
*For other postcode beach patrol dates, click here

Melbourne Transport forum 
Wednesday 13 August - Port Melbourne

Friends of Westgate park working bee
Sunday 17 August - Westgate Park

SCAN (Sustainability community action network) meeting
Friday 22 August - St Kilda

Pest sea star removal with Earthcare
Saturday 24 August - St Kilda

MIFF Film pass giveaway on offer to EcoCentre 'green' members

EcoCentre 'green members': We have a double pass to give away to the Australian premiere of My name is salt, a stunningly poised portrait of a family's season salt panning in the Indian desert. Tickets are for the Sunday 10 Aug, 6.30pm screening at MIFF.  To go in the draw for the double pass, simply answer this question: Which program earned the EcoCentre a nomination in the Community Action and leadership category of the KAB Vic Sustainable Cities awards? Email paula@ecocentre.com 
 
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