EcoCentre July & August News

In this Issue: BREAKING NEWS! /EcoShop Special / Education News / EcoCentre Events / Affiliate Events / Volunteering / Other Events
The Port Phillip EcoCentre Committee of Management has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer
April Seymore, who joined the EcoCentre as a garden volunteer in 2009 and is currently the Education Manager, succeeds Neil Blake OAM in the position of CEO.
Over the past few years, April has been leading the Education Team and inspiring environmental leadership in schools and the community. She is looking forward to continuing the EcoCentre’s important work in building partnerships to create positive environmental change.
“Neil is well-respected and well-connected. I’m excited to build on his leadership and bring my own connections with local youth and families into EcoCentre research and action programs,” April says. “Our skilful Committee and staff have created a clear and positive direction through our new three-year Strategic Plan, to be officially launched at our Annual General Meeting.”
April holds a summa cum laude BA in Media and Cultural Communications from Hollins University and University College London. She has extensive international experience in education, arts and sustainability programs.
Neil will remain with the EcoCentre to expand his role as Port Phillip Baykeeper, advocating and educating for the protection of Port Phillip Bay and its catchments. His coastal management leadership grew from his commencing role as a St Kilda Park Ranger in 1985. In 2005, Neil was awarded the Order of Australia for his tireless service to the community and environment. In 2014 Neil was awarded the Outstanding Individual Achievement Award from the Victorian Coastal Council and his 'Cleaner Yarra and Bay' project won the Victorian Premier’s Recognition Award. His vision, experience and commitment to the community have transformed the EcoCentre into a flourishing and influential hub with 23 affiliated organisations.
Neil is the Port Phillip Baykeeper and has been Director of the Port Phillip EcoCentre since its incorporation in 1999. Neil says, “April’s smarts and creative leadership have nurtured outstanding growth of the EcoCentre’s education program. I’m very excited to be handing the EcoCentre in such good shape to the next generation.”

Pam O’Neil, President, EcoCentre Committee of Management, 0439 989 285

Photo above: Julian Donlen of the City of Port Phillip with April Seymore and Neil Blake
To support our community reducing single-use plastics, the EcoShop is holding a sale during the whole of Plastic Free July! Get a KeepCup or a funky re-usable bag with a BIG discount. Green Members get another dollar off! 

KeepCup small: $12.95
Plastic Free July special: $8.95 / $7.95 Green Members

Enviro Sax re-usable shopping bag: $10.95
Plastic Free July special: $6.95 / $5.95 Green Members

I Love Port Phillip Bay cotton tote bag: $4.00
Plastic Free July special: $3.00 / $2.00 Green Members

Stocks are limited, so get in quick! Ring us to make an order and organise pick up. Discounts don't apply when purchased through the webshop.
Captain Trash must have had Plastic Free July on his mind. The opportunity to spread the word about his concerns of plastics in the marine environment was nearly too good to be true when two classes of Grade 1 students from St Joseph's Primary School in Elsternwick approached him on Point Ormond hill. This wayward pirate (almost) convinced the students he'd arrived there in 1835 on a ship! The excited students helped Captain Trash complete a beach litter pick up and audit, as well as a seashell survey. Captain Trash took the opportunity to remind the students of the five aRRRRRghs; Refuse, Reduce, Re-use, Recycle and Remove.

One of the teachers was kind enough to send some feedback: 
“Thank you for such a wonderful learning experience. The children were exhausted on the way home but spoke very excitedly about Captain Trash and the seashells they found! Please pass on my thanks to Captain Trash also. See you next time!”

Rye Live Mollusc Survey
Monday 6 July, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join the Port Phillip Baykeeper on Peninsula adventure to see which creatures can be found LIVE in the Bay.

Learn how to participate in a survey that analyses the health and population of local gastropods and bivalves living in Port Phillip Bay. What does it all mean anyway?


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.

Well Waters: Point Ormond clean up
Tuesday 28 July & Saturday 22 August
 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.

Film Night: A Modern Build
Friday 14 August, 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm
This doco captures the build of Asante, a Tasmanian grand design and winner of the “Most Energy Efficient House 2014” from the Tasmanian Master Builders Association. The house is passive solar with 9.2 Nathers Energy star rating and Feng Shui inspirations. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the documentary maker, Alex Palmer. 
Tickets $12 at the door, or for reservations email
This event is sponsored by the City of Port Phillip

ELwood Poetry Prize 

The EcoCentre helps organise the seventh Annual Elwood Poetry Prize 2015 in collaboration with Cr Jane Touzeau. This year's theme is Walk, so poems need to address that theme.

Student prizes will be presented at the Sustainable School Awards on 10th September at the City of Port Phillip Town Hall. Community prizes will be announced at an afternoon poetry reading at the EcoCentre on 20th September at 2:30pm. 



St Leonards Live Mollusc Survey
Saturday 29 August, 5:00 - 6:00 pm

The Port Phillip Baykeeper will be looking for shellfish again! 

Learn how to participate in a survey that analyses the health and population of local gastropods and bivalves living in Port Phillip Bay. What does it all mean anyway?




Friends of Westgate Park
Fun Fungi Foray

Sunday 5 July, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Don't miss out on this excellent walk with expert mycologist Dr. Sapphire McMullan-Fisher. Observations will be recorded for FungiMap. MORE INFO AND BOOKINGS

Earthcare St Kilda
Revegetation projects

Friday 5 & 26 July

Community planting of native vegetation. 26 July is National Tree Day, facilitated by the City of Port Phillip. MORE INFO

BAYKEEPERS Film Night - Tiki Style!
Plastic Free July event

Thursday 16 July, 7:00 pm

Tiki Lounge & Bar has volunteered to support the Plastic Free July movement happening all around Australia, and beyond! Keen to be part of that, we are teaming up to hold a free screening of BAYKEEPERS.

Film director Michael J. Lutman will be there to talk tips on how to avoid single-use plastics. We will be topping off the eve with live tunes from folk muso Harry Brown  and his Trio.

Marine Care Rickett's Point
National Science Week

15 - 23 August

A series of free presentations and activities at the Beaumaris Yacht Club, by experts across many subjects: marine research, geology and fossil beds, foreshore plants, Port Phillip Bay history, First Peoples' heritage and the role of citizen science and how to participate. 

Port Phillip BUG
Op Shop Bike Tour!

Saturday 29 August, 9:15 am

As part of National Op Shop Week join the BUG for a magical bargain hunt around the City of Port Phillip.

You will cycle armed with shopping bag and wallet from op shop to op shop looking for those little gems for your wardrobe, kitchen, toolbox, cupboard, bookcase, CD collection. There is a rumor there might even be some specials on just for us...


Do you have good administrative skills and are you looking to get experience in the not-for-profit sector? Do you talk the talk and walk the walk? The EcoCentre is looking for a second, environmentally conscious administrative volunteer to join our team. You must be able to commit for at least 4 months of regular volunteering during weekdays. Hours and days are negotiable. For more information and to send your CV, contact Fam at or 9534 0670. Applications close on July 31st.

Our film team is looking for an extra member to assist with the screening of A Modern Build Tasmania, on Friday 14 August 6 - 9 pm at the EcoCentre (see EcoCentre Events above for more information). Contact Fam on if you're keen!

Our friends at Earthcare are looking for a volunteer who has some time on a weekday to digitalise important penguin resource documents. You will be based at the EcoCentre. Basic computer skills are essential, but training will be provided. This is a project with flexible hours. Contact Fam at

Over 200 people participated in tours of Helen and James’ Elsternwick house and garden as part of the Sustainable Living Festival in March. Helen and James are now preparing for the next Sustainable House Open House day in September, and call on the assistance of keen volunteers to be part of this great sustainable design project. They are looking for people to:

1.       Design for a street sign (A-frame) to go on the nature strip
2.       Help in setting up the visitor questionnaire in Survey Monkey
3.       Translating the promotional flier into Mandarin and Indian, and distributing to media
4.       Assisting conducting tours through the house, garden or greenhouse on the day
5.       Helping take registrations, money/donations and surveying people on the day

The volunteer meeting will be on 18 or 19 July at 3 pm. Contact Helen Millicer directly on 0413 875 872 or

As part of the Target Kids Teaching Kids Week, we are looking for several volunteers:
- Pro-level Photographer to take photos of happy kids engaging in environmental activities
- Volunteers for the day to help with set up and general tasks during the day

Last but not least, we call for SPONSORS who are willing to donate prizes for the kids. We especially love green and educational prizes. In the past donors have provided history walking tours, Replas benches, seedlings, science kits, incursions, even a $500 water efficiency voucher! One of our main sponsors last year was Going Green Solutions. Visit their store in Plastic Free July or for stocking up your pantry or classroom.

The annual Sustainable Schools Festival will be held on Thursday 10 September at the EcoCentre. Please contact

Plastic Free July
All of July

Elwood's Water Future 
Wednesday 22 July
Schools Tree Day
Friday 24 July

World Water Week
23-28 August
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