All the latest news and events at the Port Phillip EcoCentre. Local Action = Global Future!
Port Phillip EcoCentre logo.   EcoCentre News November '16
In this Issue: Our recent AGM was a roaring success: Catch up on the EcoCentre's past year with our Annual Report. Read our Chief's report on 1000 local species as recorded by our Youth Wildlife Ambassador. Vote for your favourite bird spotted locally. Discover our Volunteer Coordinator's passion for enabling corporate volunteers. Find out more about our affiliate Port Phillip BUG, representing local bike riders. Discover what's on at the EcoCentre and locally. Check out our latest vollie opportunities. Or just browse some cool extras!
Elster Creek Wildlife with Gio Fitzpatrick.
Watch on our YouTube: It's amazing how rich a local neighbourhood can be with urban ecology.
On Record: 1000 Local Species!
Our Chief Speaks: Our Youth Wildlife Ambassador Gio has now recorded nearly 1000 species residing in or making key migration stops along Elster Creek in Elwood and Elsternwick. (Including new species, mesmerising videos and animal [re]discoveries.) Last weekend Gio and I co-presented on behalf of those 1000 species, 40,000 years of Boon Wurrung Heritage and as much future as our community is willing to facilitate. We are hopeful!

Gio's astonishing, dedicated work is not funded by any grants. Your gift to the EcoCentre supports our inspirational Youth Ambassador Role, and maintains our independent voice protecting our feather, furry and finned neighbours in Melbourne! ~April
Vote for your Favourite Bird! (with your wallet)
We spotted these birds recently. Click on each to see our Instagram photos.
Satin Flycatcher.  Little Penguin.  Pied Oystercatcher.
Satin Flycatcher                         Little Penguin                         Pied Oystercatcher
Click below for our secure payment gateway GiveNow. Please enter which bird your donation celebrates.
Vote for your Bird
Corporate Volunteering changes the world
What 'sparks' our Volunteer Coordinator Anthony Gallacher? He wants to help people who are passionate enough to get out there and volunteer to achieve their goals!

A key part of Anthony's role is guiding corporate volunteers on environmental learning adventures. Businesses send their teams to improve penguin habitat, learn to be a marine biologist, and build nestboxes for wildlife. Anthony loves how fulfilling it feels to give people that one small fact that might change the way they look at the world ever after.

For instance with a recent group of volunteers from NAB he introduced the scary concept of nurdles. Suddenly 15 people who had never known about this pressing issue were passionate to pick up litter and improve the breakwater. Anthony himself found 58 nurdles in 5 minutes flat!

Over a corporate volunteering day he regularly witnesses volunteers skyrocket from zero knowledge base about sustainability to passionate advocates of the Little Penguin colony and their habitat. New corporate groups continue to sign up (3 last week), and Anthony has a joyful sense of expansion. The EcoCentre is reaching more people: training them in how to take local action that contributes toward our global future!

If you have a work team you'd like to plug in to sustainability, send them this info on how we can help them fulfil their corporate social responsibility aspirations. Corporates can also help by donating.
Riding into a better future
Are you a bike rider? EcoCentre affiliated group, Port Phillip BUG (Bicycle Users Group) represents the views and needs of local bike riders.

BUG's motto is "come ride with us" and they regularly host social bike rides. If you are interested in meeting new people and want to brush up on your bicycle skills, please join these leisurely rides. Stay up to date via their mailing list.

BUG meets on the first Wednesday of each month 6:30-9:00pm at the EcoCentre. They'd love new members - anyone who wishes to further the interests of the group. Sign up here. You can also keep up to date via their facebook.

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
Sat 19 Nov in Melbourne - Open Garden Day: Calling all gardens from backyard to rooftop to community to school. Register your garden.
Sun 20 & Mon 21 Nov at Uni of Melbourne - Learn from Sustain about Urban Agriculture and how it can revolutionise Australia!
Sun 20 Nov in St Kilda - SKINC Workshops: Build a native plant Terrarium or aquatic plant Jarrarium.
Wed 30 Nov at Middle Brighton Beach - Calling all teacher's: Sign up for Professional Development and do Citizen Science on Location.
Telstra Corporate Volunteers hard at work building penguin habitat.
Be a Vollie!
Every Friday at EcoCentre - Community Garden Group. Seeking green thumbs, propagation wizzes, waterers, and  training black thumbs.
Regularly in Local Gardens - Christ Church Community Centre seeks volunteers to garden for frail residents.
Nov 2016 to April 2017 in St Kilda - Become a penguin guide with Earthcare St Kilda.
Cool Extras
Energy Assessment Grant - from Sustainability Victoria for businesses: Apply to save money / increase productivity.
Most wasteful products? - Help European communities redesign products that are pretty much made for the dump by voting now.
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.
4 of our partner schools are finalists in the Resource Smart Schools Awards judged Friday 11th. Congratulations to St Kilda Primary School, Moorabbin Primary School, St Joseph's Elsternwick, and St Louis De Montforts.
Wish us luck in the Keep Australian Beautiful Clean Beaches awards which are being judged this week! We are national finalists in 6 categories.

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