The City of Port Phillip is blessed with a number of outstanding, active, environmental groups that serve our community. Contact one to find out how you can get involved.
The EcoCentre is a not-for-profit, community-managed, environment group, providing a base for affiliate groups involved in activities that promote biodiversity, environmental sustainability and community action.
Their network continues to grow and now has 28 Beach Patrol groups around Port Phillip Bay from Bellarine around to Rye. Love Our Street, our neighbourhood version of Beach Patrol, is growing as well, with six groups now doing monthly beach cleans and several more groups in development. Since January 2018, just over 8,500 kg of rubbish has been removed in 3,961 volunteer hours, plus 16,888 bottles/cans are no longer polluting our environment.
Earthcare St Kilda volunteers work on a number of marine and terrestrial projects aimed at protecting our local natural environment, as well as increasing the diversity and extent of indigenous flora and fauna. Key projects include research and providing visitor guides for the St Kilda Little Penguin colony; seagrass mapping, removing pest sea stars, and litter removal and revegetation of open space.
Friends of Elster Creek
Friends of Elster Creek aim to involve the local community in caring for Elster Creek and the Elwood Canal. Waterwatch monitoring continued with monthly water quality testing in Elster Creek and quarterly testing in the golf course lake. Our volunteers cleared a number of areas in the Elwood Foreshore Reserve to prepare for winter planting. After successful lobbying, Bayside City Council decided to close the Elsternwick Golf Course on 30 June 2018 and transition it into an environmentally focused public park. A number of saplings have been successfully grown from seeds of the Separation Tree, with the first saplings planted along Elster Creek and hopes for future planting in the new open parkland.
The Friends group is made up of enthusiastic volunteers, passionate about Westgate Park and the natural environment. Their vision is to transform the Park into a bushland setting for locally Indigenous plants and animals.
JECO is a not-for-profit organisation, set up to emphasise and deepen the Jewish commitment to sustainability and to raise awareness within and beyond the Jewish community about Judaism’s strong environmental message.
St Kilda Community Gardens Club provides a facility to allow local residents to grow flowers, herbs and vegetables, and encourages members to work as a group to maintain and improve the facility.
The Friends of the St Kilda Botanic Gardens Inc tackles projects including maintenance and restoration of these heritage gardens by encouraging community members to become involved in the gardens and participate in activities including hands-on gardening, social events, skills building, fund-raising and advocacy.
Veg Out is a St Kilda institution, an organic, chemical-free plot garden run entirely by volunteers. Members, friends, families and community groups, plus plenty of local actors, musicians and artists, all enjoy getting their hands into the soil.
LIVE is a non-profit, community organisation whose goal is to reduce the human contribution to, and the impact of, climate change on our planet. They do this by creating and delivering information, facilitating actions, involvement in campaigns and influencing decision makers.
Te-Arai Community Garden aims to be a bountiful, colourful, safe and shared community space, fostering community togetherness, respect and trust. A space for gardeners of all ages and cultures to appreciate the opportunity to grow and share fresh produce and gardening tips. A space for the whole neighbourhood.
Port Phillip Bicycle Users’ Group (BUG) has been working towards making riding better for more people. This year, they took Port Phillip councillors on bike rides of their wards to show them what needs to be done to improve conditions on the roads and bike paths. They also made submissions to council’s budget and transport strategy.