EcoCentre June News

In this Issue: Plastic Free July / A Drop In The Ocean / Cycling for Nepal / EcoCentre June Events / Affiliate Events / Volunteering / Other Events
PLASTIC FREE JULY - It's easier than you think
Sick of all the plastic litter you find around your home, your school, your neighbourhood and in your waterways? So are we! That's why EcoCentre staff invite you to do Plastic Free July with us this year. We are here to help you prepare for it!

Plastic litter is a massive problem because it travels through our stormwater drains, creeks and rivers to the Bay. As there is only about 1% of water exchange between the Bay and the Bass Strait, pretty much all the plastic that gets into the Bay, stays there. If we want to make sure our beautiful Bay wildlife stays healthy and safe, there are two things we can do: clean it up and reduce our own plastic use.

Don't worry, it's not as hard as you think. With a little bit of preparation, you can cut out single-use plastic for a day, a week or the whole month of July. The EcoCentre is here to help! 

Step one: Register and pledge at Plastic Free July. You can opt in for one day, one week or the whole month. You can choose to cut out all single-use plastic, or only the top four items. The website is full of tips and tricks to make it super easy.

Step two: Sign up for one or both of our support workshops and get expert advice on how to make 'nude' school lunches, shop plastic free and learn how to make plastic free lunches and breakfasts. See EcoCentre June Events below.
Speaking of plastic, have a look at this new documentary-in-the-making: 
A Drop In The Ocean is a documentary feature about the adverse impacts of human activity on the world’s oceans and the practical steps that everyday people can take to mitigate these. 
Shot entirely within Australia – and utilising an audience-friendly panel show format (with our own Baykeeper Neil Blake! Photo above, right) – it focuses on three big challenges to ocean health: plastics, pesticides and over-consumption. As a response to this deadly trio of hazards, the film posits three achievable fixes: hemp, organic agriculture and smart shopping. Rather than taking an "apocalyptic doom and gloom" approach, the film concentrates on how we can ALL help by changing our actions.

Are you passionate about these issues and do you want to be a part of this? Sign up to the ballot to win tickets to the first filmed panel session, which will focus on over-consumption and urban communities living near the beach.

Photo above left: Sal Lolicato, local artist and active member of Veg Out Community Gardens
Photo above right: Neil Blake, Port Phillip Baykeeper, being interviewed for the documentary
CYCLING FOR NEPAL - EcoCentre Volunteer raises money for Nepal
When our garden team member Paula saw the havoc caused by the earthquakes in Nepal, she wanted to help. So she decided to become a bicycle warrior and raise funds by riding 600 km to Cooktown. With hardly any long-distance riding experience, Paula knows she's in for a tough one, but you've never seen a cyclist more determined to help people in need. Her solo adventure started on Monday and you can still sponsor her by donating money here and quoting "Nepal appeal-600k". Go Paula!

Well Waters: Point Ormond clean up
Saturday 27 June, 9:00 - 10:00 am
Earn credits! Beach Patrol groups coordinate foreshore litter clean-ups, followed by a social coffee. Family friendly. Meet at the Head Street Jetty. Check Beach Patrol's facebook page for details and notifications.

Plastic Ain't Fantastic
Tuesday 30 June, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Learn how to make tasty and convenient breakfasts, lunches and dinners without any single-use plastic. Discuss ideas to rethink your choices about single-use plastic. Warning:eating delicious food will be involved!
Tickets $20 adult/$10 child/$15 Concession & EcoCentre Green members/$50 family


Nude Food Cooking School!
Wednesday 1 July, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Learn the art of shopping without single use plastic to create some tasty lunches for your child's lunchbox. Let's talk about cheese without plastic and buying meat from the deli without plastic wrapping to begin with.
Kids welcome. Eating encouraged! 

Tickets $15 adult/$10 children, concession & EcoCentre Green members/$30 family


Well Waters: Elster Creek ride
Saturday 4 July, 9:00 am- 1:00 pm
Meet at Highett train station
Discover the Elster Creek catchment by bike. The whole family can join in to participate in a community event along the way to earn Well Waters credits. Compulsory food stop at the iconic Firebrand Bakery. Easy ride, less than 20km. Bike hire available.

NAIDOC Week Shell Safari
Tuesday 7 July, 10:30 am- noon
St Kilda Pier
Join the Boon Wurrung Foundation and Port Phillip EcoCentre for a shoreline shell survey, focusing on foods from the Bay (Nairm) for the First People. FREE event, donations appreciated.

LIVE Book Launch
Thursday 4 June, 6:00 pm

Guarding Eden is a new book by the founder of LIVE, Deborah Hart. The book will be launched at Readings Carlton, at 309 Lygon Street, Carlton.

You are invited to attend the launch. READ MORE about the launch and the book.

OASES Graduate School
'Connecting Ways of Knowing' Breakfast

Saturday 6 June, 9:00 am - 11:30 am

The OASES Breakfast Series is a monthly event featuring local and international guests discussing topics across a variety of topics, such as recent events on food, spirituality, democracy, and education for sustainability and social change. Tickets include a vegetarian breakfast, with vegan and gluten free options also available.


Friends of Westgate Park
Clean Up Event

Sunday 21 June, 10:00 am- 1:00 pm

Litter is a big problem for Westgate Park. Whether caught in the stormwater systems of Melbourne streets and brought downstream by the Yarra River, dropped by visitors or blown in from the bridge, litter spoils our natural environment. Clean up along the Yarra and meet the Connies!

More information and meeting point HERE

This Litter Hotspots project is sponsored by the Victorian Government

Port Phillip BUG
Saturday in Heaven Bike Ride

Saturday 27 June, 10:30 am

Prologue to the 'Sunday in Hell', Melburn-Roobaix. Ride from Alphington Station to Mt Cooper, Bundoora and back. Mt Cooper is Melbourne's highest point. We'll ride on a bitumen rail trail - no cobblestones! Afterwards, join us at the Darebin International Sports Centre (DISC) for the Melbourne Custom Bicycle Show ($5 entry).


Beach Patrol
Frankston Beach patrol launch

Saturday 27 June, 10:30 am

Following the official launch at Frankston Surf Live Saving Club at 10:30am, we will be meeting at Frankston Pier at 12:30pm for our first beach clean. Bring the family down to take part in this initial clean up.

We are looking for regular, dedicated volunteers who are interested in organic gardening on Fridays. Experience in and knowledge of gardening is favourable but not a necessity. Being reliable and a team-player are! Tasks are: watering, weeding, propagation, composting, worm farming, mulching and general site maintenance.
Check out our volunteer page for more information.

The small and cosy tea garden at the Port Melbourne Neighbourhood Centre could sure use some love. PMNC is looking for a volunteer with a green thumb to regularly water, weed and provide some love to the plants. Contact or ring Elaine on 9645 1476.
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