Breaking news: Victoria has answered the Port Phillip Baykeeper's call to include plastics and microplastics in the definition of 'pollutant' within the State Environmental Protection Policy for Waters. These two little words will drive new investments and accountability for healthy waterways -- a priority even for Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, who will join EcoCentre student leaders and EcoCentre Affiliates Beach Patrol cleaning a bay beach!

Contrasting our microplastic-sized policy win is the Australian government's massive rejection of global climate science this week. At the same moment teenagers met at the EcoCentre to design energy-generating public art, Australian pollies clambered to champion coal and falsely claim we'd hit emissions targets "in a canter." 

The teens leave me more inspired than the politicians - and the good news, Picasso reminds us, is that youth has no age. Let's all be exuberant upstarts for the planet!       

  ~ April        

St Joseph's Primary School in Elsternwick was recently showcased by the Glen Eira City Council for their achievements in the Living Water Workbees program. By using credits earned from school volunteering hours, they have been able to buy multiple rain tanks and now run off 85% rainwater!
Read the full article in Glen Eira City Council's sustainability newsletter.
The Global Melbourne project has been promoting eco-active tourism by engaging with backpackers staying at Melbourne YHA and Habitat HQ, where we run workshops on plastic pollution and the importance of urban parks for native bird habitat, and clean the Bay together.
This project is funded by the Victorian Government Port Phillip Bay Fund.
 
tawny frogmouth
Our Bioblitz sessions in September 2018 recorded 225 species in Elster Creek, including this tawny frogmouth in Elsternwick Park North. Thanks to our 19 volunteers who contributed 130 hours over three days to record wildlife!
 
How is climate change affecting the Port Phillip Bay? 
All ages welcome on Saturday October 13 for EcoCentre's ongoing program to monitor habitats and erosion between MIddle Park and St Kilda. 
Begins 12 noon at entry to Kerferd Rd Pier (Middle Park) and ends 3pm at St Kilda Pier.
For all enquiries, please contact: Port Phillip Baykeeper Neil 0409 138 565


 

Cool & compelling


Sunscreen ProjectSunscreen & Bay Marine Life
Citizen Science & Volunteer Training, St Kilda Beach
15 November 3-5pm, and drinks after
Calling on all previous and new sunscreen project volunteers! We need enthusiastic volunteer citizen scientists to help us take sea water samples over the summer months in Rye, Elwood and St Kilda. We're expecting a warm summer with ample opportunity to get involved in this world-first, groundbreaking research. All new and existing volunteers are required to attend training to understand the project and refresh how to take water samples. We'll go for a drink after training, so come along and catch up! Sign up to the Sunscreen & Bay Marine Life newsletter for more information, or email fam@ecocentre.com
This project is funded by the Federal Citizen Science Grant.
Register for volunteer training
Earlier this year, the Port Phillip EcoCentre participated in one of Break Free From Plastic's clean-ups, which happened across 42 countries. A brand audit was also conducted, which identified the global top polluters, based on plastic pollution found (see above). The largest polluter, Coca-Cola, had branded plastic pollution found in 40 of the 42 countries. Read the full report here.

Mark your diary


• Fri 12 Oct 5:30pm - Bikes, Beers and Burgers hosted by MBTC, meeting at Jeff's Shed and riding down to Mentone for a beer and burger. Book here.
• Sat 13 Oct 9-10am - St Kilda beach clean, meeting at St Kilda Pier, hosted by 3182 Beach Patrol
• Sun 14 Oct 2-5pm - St Kilda Repair Cafe at the EcoCentre. FREE.
• Thurs 18 Oct 10am - Seniors Festival Bush Tucker activity at the EcoCentre. FREE.
• Sun 21 Oct 11:30am - 1pm - National Waterbug Blitz at Elsternwick Park South, hosted by the EcoCentre. This is a Living Water Workbees event. Spaces limited, book here. FREE.
• Sun 28 Oct 2pm -  EcoCentre Annual General Meeting, open to all. Find out more here, and confirm your attendance.
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