Shortly after the last Lib Spill, I was in the USA with a fellow Waterkeeper, honouring the 55th anniversary of Dr King's 'I have a dream' speech. The hosting church provided a feast, and I chose a seat to break bread with strangers. The elder of my table, Ms Carol -- birthday in April, I was quickly told -- asked about our PM spill and wished perhaps, just for one president, the States could have a similar process. I asked, "How does living here now feel?"

My face was gloomy, but Ms Carol smiled. "I refuse to let that man steal my JOY."

As we roll up our sleeves for another year of important action, let's not concede joy to its thieves! Like Ms Carol, our members and partners are steadfast, resilient and optimistic - thank you for making the EcoCentre's serious work a complete joy.

Can people connect to our Bay and be inspired to protect it, without language? 
This is the question our 2018 Multicultural Coast Ambassadors Chenxin Tu and Oscar Chen sought to answer. Their solution was to create a short language-free film to enable non-English speaking communities in Melbourne to understand the beauty beneath our Bay's surface, and spur positive community action. Watch the film yourself here!
Stay tuned for news on events run by our 2019 Multicultural Bay Ambassadors!

The Multicultural Coast Ambassadors program was funded by Coastcare Victoria and the Victorian Government.
Our vollies are hard at work on our Sunscreen & Bay Marine Life project!
The EcoCentre's world-leading Sunscreen & Bay Marine Life project seeks to investigate if there are effects of sunscreen on marine life in our Bay. Our volunteers take water samples, which scientists at RMIT University then analyse.
We need more volunteers at Rye - email Fam at fam@ecocentre.com to get involved. We'll also be at the Seaside Scavenge Festival in Rye on Sunday 13th January to collect water samples for this project - we'd love to see you there!

This project is funded by the federal Citizen Science Grant and run in partnership with RMIT University.
We always knew the EcoCentre community deeply cared about advocating for the health of the Port Phillip Bay, but we were once again blown away with your generosity throughout December. Your donations over the holiday period are worth the equivalent of 48 hours of microplastic analysis, 2 months of mentoring for a young leader, or teacher professional development sessions for 9 schools

Our community thanks you for your donations and support as we continue to work towards transforming our playing field and creating positive systemic environmental changes.

 

Our Alive Outside program is the perfect way to keep the kids active these school holidays - and they'll learn something too! Designed for youth between the ages of 12 and 25 who live, work, and play in the City of Port Phillip, these free sessions engage youth in the natural world.

Registrations are now open:

• Pre-historic St Kilda: 16th Jan
• Snorkelling Safari: 21st Jan
• Pamper the Penguins: 24th Jan
Alive Outside is provided in partnership with City of Port Phillip.
Meet Bel Evans, our fantastic new Community Engagement Coordinator!

Bel joins us to manage our community venue, support members and Affiliates, and coordinate volunteers. 

Interested in volunteering with us? Fill in our volunteer registration form and we'll be in touch with our February induction dates, including an induction outside of office hours.


Current volunteer opportunities: 
I'd like to volunteer!
What are our penguins saying?
The penguins on the EcoCentre's new calico bags want people to look after the health of Port Phillip Bay, to protect the animals of the Bay (including them) and to reduce plastic litter coming into their home. 

Can you think of a caption for our calico bags? We're hosting a competition - the winners of our Under 18s category and open category will both receive their own calico bag and a newsletter shout-out.

Entries close January 31st - get in quick to win this great prize!

 
Enter competition

Cool & compelling


Mark your diary


• Sun 13 Jan 10am - 2pm - Seaside Scavenge Festival, Rye. EcoCentre Marine Biologist Fam Charko will be leading the collection of water samples for analysis for the EcoCentre's Sunscreen & Bay Marine Life project at the Festival at 10am and 2pm. 
• Wed 16 Jan 10am-12pm - Alive Outside: Pre-historic St Kilda. Search for actual fossilised teeth and bones from the giant megafauna that once called St Kilda home. Open to all youth aged 12-25 who live, work, or play in the City of Port Phillip. FREE. Register here.
• Thu 17 Jan 5:30 - 9pm - Fish and Chips Ride, run by Melbourne Bicycle Touring Club. Free ride from Federation Square to The Fish Tank in Middle Brighton. Registrations essential.
• Thu 17 Jan 6:30 - 8:30pm - Citizen Science: Sea Shell Safari & Microplastics Survey, part of Summer By The Sea. This session is hosted by Port Phillip Baykeeper, Neil Blake. Registrations essential - spots filling up fast! Free, Port Melbourne.
• Sun 20 Jan 2-6pm - St Kilda Eco Fest. Free event hosted by City of Port Phillip Youth Advisory Committee and the EcoCentre, featuring live music, food, stalls, and workshops to allow you to be more sustainable. Bookings essential for some workshops.
• Mon 21 Jan 10am-12:30pm - Alive Outside: Snorkelling Adventure. Discover what creatures we have in our own backyard! Suitable for beginners, open to all youth aged 12-25 who live, work, or play in the City of Port Phillip. FREE. Register here.
• Wed 24 Jan 10am-12pm - Alive Outside: Pamper the Penguins. Get exclusive access to the penguins' restricted nesting zone to provide important habitat for our penguins. Open to all youth aged 12-25 who live, work, or play in the City of Port Phillip. FREE. Register here.
• Sat 2 Feb 9:30am - 4:30pm - East Camberwell to Templestowe social ride, run by Melbourne Bicycle Touring Club. Free event, registrations essential
• Sun 10 Feb 2-5pm - St Kilda Repair Cafe, at the EcoCentre. Don't toss it - let our volunteer fixers make it as good as new. FREE.
• Fri 29 Mar 8:30am - Steps to Sustainability Conference. Save the date - this conference will showcase how teachers are using sustainability to support the Victorian Curriculum and how schools are implementing the ResourceSmart Schools program and United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Presenter registrations are now open
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