Free Draught Proofing Workshop
Jul
20
12:30 PM12:30

Free Draught Proofing Workshop

Feeling the chill? Stop letting your money blow through the cracks and enjoy cosy nights in.

Come along and let the experts show you how to slay your draughts.

Draught proofing your home will mean you can enjoy;

• Cosy nights in
• Saving money on energy bills
• Reducing your carbon footprint.

Did we mention it’s free? Book your place now.

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Free Draught Proofing Workshop
Jul
27
12:30 PM12:30

Free Draught Proofing Workshop

Feeling the chill? Stop letting your money blow through the cracks and enjoy cosy nights in.

Come along and let the experts show you how to slay your draughts.

Draught proofing your home will mean you can enjoy;

• Cosy nights in
• Saving money on energy bills
• Reducing your carbon footprint.

Did we mention it’s free? Book your place now.

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Schools Sustainability Festival
Sep
5
9:15 AM09:15

Schools Sustainability Festival

Connect your primary or secondary students to inspiring leadership and practical sustainability ideas through a variety of 20-minute student-led workshops, Aboriginal Cultural activities, food & music.

Register Now - https://ecocentre.com/civicrm/event/register?id=108&reset=1

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Free Draught Proofing Workshop
Jul
11
6:30 PM18:30

Free Draught Proofing Workshop

Feeling the chill? Stop letting your money blow through the cracks and enjoy cosy nights in.

Come along to St Kilda Repair Cafe and let the experts show you how to slay your draughts.

Draught proofing your home will mean you can enjoy;

• Cosy nights in

• Saving money on energy bills

• Reducing your carbon footprint.

Did we mention it’s free? Book your place now.

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Fungi Foray
Jun
30
10:30 AM10:30

Fungi Foray

It is two years since we last ran a fungi foray at Westgate Park but with the forecast of good rain over coming weeks we can expect to see fungal activity at last!

We will start with a brief talk about the role of fungi in ecology and some tips on identifying the sporing bodies before taking a walk through the Park. We will make a record of what we see and send that to the Atlas of Living Australia.

We will meet in the main car park on Todd Road. Rug up and wear sturdy shoes. Bring a camera if you have one and a magnifying device is useful too.

Children are very welcome - they are excellent spotters!

Book here - numbers are limited to 15.

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Watercolour for Beginners - Eucalypt leaves
Jun
29
10:00 AM10:00

Watercolour for Beginners - Eucalypt leaves

This workshop will run for 2 hours over two consecutive Saturdays - June 29th and July 6th from 10am - 12pm.

The workshops will cover basic watercolour techniques in colour mixing, brushwork, textures and design.

We will use the beautiful leaves of Eucalyptus melliodora (Yellow box), Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp. connata (Yellow gum) and Eucalyptus camaldulensis (River red gum) as the subjects for the paintings.

We will be working outdoors in the nursery at 525 Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne so dress warm!

Materials and equipment for the two sessions will be supplied. Each participant will receive an A5 watercolour pad and a folding paint palette to take home.

Cost for the two sessions: $65

Places are limited to 6 people - book here now!

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Native Kokedama Workshop
Jun
22
11:30 AM11:30

Native Kokedama Workshop

Kokedama is a Japanese method of creating a decorative hanging moss-bound ball planter.

They are traditionally created using ornamental plants, however there are many local native species that are perfect for, and thrive in this interesting planter style. Join Amy at Bili nursery as she takes you through a step by step tutorial on creating your own kokedama and shows you which local plant species you can use for this technique. Kokedama are perfect for gifts, or hanging in the home or garden.

During this workshop you will:

- Learn which native plants are suitable for this technique

- What materials you will need

- How to create the soil mix and bind the planters

All materials are supplied.

Participants will leave with their own kokedama.

*The workshop takes place outside and is hands on - please dress for the weather and ensure you wear closed-toe shoes.

Cost : $40

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From Boardroom To Bushwalk
Jun
20
6:30 PM18:30

From Boardroom To Bushwalk

Join Keith and Debby Badger as they share their inspirational story of trekking across the British countryside.

At the age of 58, Keith Badger suddenly found himself with a dream and desire to leave behind his corporate job and return to his birthplace in England, and walk. It was a simple plan, to walk from one end of Britain to the other with his wife Debby. And yet as they traversed the country over 139 days and 2,801km, Keith and Debby found themselves confronting far greater challenges than the landscape and shocking weather.

Joining Loose Ends at one level is an adventure story about a long walk that stretched a couple to their limits. However, in candidly sharing his life story and vulnerability, Keith reveals with great honesty how in walking and connecting to nature for the first time in his life, he found richness in the world beyond his former business and consumer lifestyle, eventually learning what it means to be human. 

Join Keith and Debby at this exclusive EcoCentre fundraiser as they share their incredible story of how a walk across Britain helped them rediscover a sense of purpose.

All proceeds from this night go towards supporting the work of the Port Phillip EcoCentre across education, research, and volunteering programs.

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St Kilda Repair Cafe
Jun
9
2:00 PM14:00

St Kilda Repair Cafe

What do you do with a broken toaster? Or with a bike when the wheel runs out of true? Or with a sweater full of moth holes? Toss it? No way! Bring it to the St Kilda Repair Café and let one of our volunteer fixers make it as good as new while you learn new skills and enjoy a cup of tea.

2-5pm on the 2nd Sunday of each month. Last repairs start at 3:15pm.

 St Kilda Repair Cafe always need volunteer fixers, and a range of vollies!

  • If you love to tinker and could bring your toolbox, email the organisers here.

  • If you could help with registration, photographing, coordination or promotion... Please email the organisers here

This project is coordinated in partnership by the Jewish Ecological Coalition and the EcoCentre.

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Notable Observances - World Oceans Day
Jun
4
6:30 PM18:30

Notable Observances - World Oceans Day

This year, World Oceans Day is celebrating leadership in preventing plastic pollution in our oceans and sharing solutions that inspire and activate the global community.

Join a thought provoking discussion with artists Rox De Luca and Penelope Davis along with Port Phillip EcoCentre founder Neil Blake in conversation with Linden New Art Director Melinda Martin.

Hear how they have confronted the crisis of plastic pollution in our oceans and how they aim for a better future.

“Together we can protect and restore our ocean” – World Oceans Day

What is Notable Observances? Notable Observances are socially engaged conversations that are aligned with United Nations International Days and inspired by our current exhibitions. These conversations inspire change and celebrate the leaders promoting awareness and action on these global issues.

Cost - $30

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Yalukut Willam Bike Ride
May
25
10:00 AM10:00

Yalukut Willam Bike Ride

Join Port Phillip BUG on a community bike ride to visit 10 Aboriginal sites of significance. Approx 2 hour 18km ride will be a mix of road and shared path riding through Balaclava, Elwood, South Melbourne, Albert Park and Port Melbourne.

The key focus of this ride is to visit 10 interpretive signs which were installed in 2016 during Reconciliation Week, to recognise and celebrate the continuing culture of the local Boon Wurrung people. 

Book your place for this free ride.

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Pop Up Bike Repair
May
25
9:30 AM09:30

Pop Up Bike Repair

Your one stop for everything bike.

Ride your bike to the pop up on Cecil St - next to the South Melbourne Market, and get a free bike tune-up from Back2Bikes, grab a travelsmart map, and hear about upcoming bike infrastructure projects and events.

9.30 am to 1 pm every fourth Saturday of the month:

  • 25 May 2019

  • 22 June 2019

  • 27 July 2019

  • 24 August 2019

  • 28 September 2019

  • 26 October 2019

  • 23 November 2019

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Winter Gardening With Sustainable Gardening Australia
May
23
6:30 PM18:30

Winter Gardening With Sustainable Gardening Australia

The weather might be cooling down, but that’s no reason to hibernate indoors - there’s still plenty to do in the garden.

Nicole Griffiths from Sustainable Gardening Australia will discuss practical strategies for maintaining a thriving and productive garden right through the winter months. Topics covered will include what to plant, winter soil maintenance, sustainable pest and disease management and container growing.

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Sustainable Business Network: Business Breakfast
May
23
7:00 AM07:00

Sustainable Business Network: Business Breakfast

Join us for the inaugural business breakfast of the City of Port Phillip Sustainable Business Network. 

Come along and get inspired by some wonderful guest speakers and exchange ideas with fellow businesses from across the City of Port Phillip. You'll discover how to use the principles of sustainability to run a more efficient business and reduce your operational costs. Attendees will go into the draw to receive a FREE energy audit of their business valued at $2000 courtesy of Eco Decisions. 

When: 7 – 9 am Thursday 23 May 2019

Price: $30 (including breakfast)

Where: The Coventry Café
315 Coventry Street, South Melbourne , VIC 3205

Speakers:

Jacqui Cooper – A former world champion and Olympic skier, motivational speaker and business woman with an inspirational and insightful story of overcoming adversity to achieve success in elite sports and business.

Graeme Ambrose - Energy efficiency expert (Eco Decisions)

Reahan Martin - Sustainability Consultant from Council’s Solar Partnership  (EnviroGroup)

Amy Huva – Impact Officer (Morris Group)

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St Kilda Repair Cafe
May
12
2:00 PM14:00

St Kilda Repair Cafe

What do you do with a broken toaster? Or with a bike when the wheel runs out of true? Or with a sweater full of moth holes? Toss it? No way! Bring it to the St Kilda Repair Café and let one of our volunteer fixers make it as good as new while you learn new skills and enjoy a cup of tea. Did we mention it's free?

2-5pm on the 2nd Sunday of each month. Last repairs start at 4:15pm.

Find our more about the St Kilda Repair Cafe here

 

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International Composting Awareness Week Tour
May
9
8:30 AM08:30

International Composting Awareness Week Tour

Ever wanted to gain a deeper understanding of what happens after your bin has been collected? Here’s your chance. The Victorian Waste Management Association has created a unique opportunity to showcase the technology and approaches adopted by different businesses, entertainment venues / sites and operators working to better manage organic waste. This tour will include pick up, travel and drop off with prices including catering for the day. Sites include Melbourne Zoo, South Melbourne Market, Cleanaway’s South East Organic Facility and more.

When: Thursday 9 May at 8:30am

Where: Queen Victoria Market – further details will be advised

Cost: Members/City of Port Phillip residents/business - $50 + GST | Non-members - $65+ GST

Includes: chartered bus, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

Book here.

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International Composting Week Breakfast
May
6
7:15 AM07:15

International Composting Week Breakfast

International Composting Awareness Week Australia (ICAW), is a week of activities, events and publicity to improve awareness of the importance of compost, a valuable organic resource and to promote compost use, knowledge and products.

Come along for breakfast and hear from leaders in the space of market disruption, sustainable packaging, community engagement and more! This breakfast event will discuss and showcase the activities and programs already underway across Victoria and Australia tackling some of our biggest challenges in sustainable consumption and disposal.

Delivered by the Victorian Waste Management Association

When: Monday 6 May at 7:15 (for a 7:30 start)

Where: St Kilda Town Hall

Cost: Members/City of Port Phillip residents/business - $35 + GST | Non-members - $50 + GST

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Weaving Workshop With Local Native Fibres
Apr
27
1:00 PM13:00

Weaving Workshop With Local Native Fibres

  • BILI NURSERY AND LANDCARE 525 Williamstown Road Port Melbourne, VIC 3207 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Using locally harvested native plants, learn how to create your own coiled basket. The core material is visible and can either be a single plant fibre or mixed fibres. Add a bit of colour with found materials such as fabric scraps and wool. Options for stitching materials include hemp twine, raffia or strong cotton

Caroline Hawkins is a local artist whose practice encompasses creating sculptural fibre art, basketweaving, researching, learning and developing global cultural weaving practices and techniques.

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Find, gather and prepare suitable plants for basket making

  • Start your basketShape the sides of your basket

  • Finish your basket

Price : $65 includes all materials to make your own basket

Duration : 3 hrs (including break)

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Build a Terrarium
Apr
13
12:00 PM12:00

Build a Terrarium

  • BILI NURSERY AND LANDCARE 525 Williamstown Road Port Melbourne, VIC 3207 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ever wondered how to build your own mini-ecosystem in a glass jar? Terrariums are a great way to build your own self contained ecosystem. In this workshop we will be showing you how to build one, maintain it and watch it flourish. We will learn all about sand belt plants and ecosystems, and how that can guide you so you can build your own terrarium. Each participant will take away their own Terrarium and care instructions.

Price: $40 includes all materials to make a small terrarium with native plants.

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St Kilda Repair Cafe
Apr
7
2:00 PM14:00

St Kilda Repair Cafe

What do you do with a broken toaster? Or with a bike when the wheel runs out of true? Or with a sweater full of moth holes? Toss it? No way! Bring it to the St Kilda Repair Café and let one of our volunteer fixers make it as good as new while you learn new skills and enjoy a cup of tea. Did we mention it's free?

2-5pm on the 2nd Sunday of each month. Last repairs start at 4:15pm.

Find our more about the St Kilda Repair Cafe here

 

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Solar Partnership for Apartment Buildings
Apr
2
6:30 PM18:30

Solar Partnership for Apartment Buildings

The City of Port Phillip is pleased to invite apartment dwellers to participate in a cost-effective and convenient program to purchase solar panels.

This FREE information session is for apartment dwellers. Learn about our Solar Partnership, and how you can access:

• credible expert advice on solar options for apartment buildings
• an obligation-free quote 
• competitive pricing

Sustainability experts and a representative from one of our Solar Partners will be on-hand to answer queries.

Book now

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Make a Kokedama
Mar
30
11:30 AM11:30

Make a Kokedama

  • BILI NURSERY AND LANDCARE 525 Williamstown Road Port Melbourne, VIC 3207 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn how to make a Kokedama (hanging planter) using local native species Kokedama; a Japanese method of creating a moss-bound ball planter

Join Elli at Bili Nursery to learn, step by step how to create your own native kokedama, there are many local native species that can be used to create these interesting planters. Perfect for gifts, in the home garden, or inside.

This workshop will teach you:

  • What native plants are suitable for this technique

  • What materials you will need

  • How to create the soil mix and bind the planters

  • All materials will be supplied.

  • Participants will leave with their own kokedama.

*The workshop is hands on and can get messy, so dress appropriately ( please wear closed-toe shoes)

Cost : $40

 Book here

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 Australian Circular Fashion Conference
Mar
21
to Mar 22

Australian Circular Fashion Conference

  • St Kilda Town Hall | 99A Carlisle St, St Kilda VIC (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Australian Circular Fashion Conference is Australasia’s leading business event on sustainability. It’s a call to action to industry on implementing fashion sustainability within 5-10 years. The conference will attract over 500 business leaders from the largest multinational companies in the Australian and New Zealand industry.  

The motivation to establish the ACFC was in response to the mounting evidence on the environmental impacts from the fashion industry globally.  At every stage within the supply chain there is avoidable waste and pollution. The challenges are complex and we need to take action now.

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Treasure Our Bay Day
Mar
16
10:15 AM10:15

Treasure Our Bay Day

Join EcoCentre for a fun filled morning at Elwood Beach to learn about the importance of our foreshore and how we can help to keep Port Phillip Bay clean, healthy and free of plastic!

Activities will include a beach “Treasure Hunt” and a recycling relay.

Open for children aged 5-8 years and their families. This event is part of the Port Phillip EcoCentre’s Multicultural Bay Ambassadors program. We warmly welcome culturally diverse families to join.

Meet at the toilet block at Elwood Beach Foreshore.

Register at bit.ly/treasureourbayday

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Electric Vehicle Expo
Mar
16
9:00 AM09:00

Electric Vehicle Expo

  • The Melbourne International Karting Complex (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The EV Expo offers a unique experience to test-drive and ride a diverse range of electric vehicles. Learn more about the future of electric vehicles in Australia from exhibitors and talk to owners about their experiences driving electric vehicles.

At the Expo you will be able to:

  • Test drive new cars on the track and go for a ride on the road in privately owned EVs.

  • Test ride an electric bike, trike, skateboard and more on the small vehicle track.

  • Get advice from one of the many exhibitors.

  • See a range of individually built vehicles entered into the Show'N'Shine Competition

  • Listen to one of the speakers throughout the day

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Solar Partnership for Apartment Buildings - FULLY BOOKED
Mar
12
6:30 PM18:30

Solar Partnership for Apartment Buildings - FULLY BOOKED

The City of Port Phillip is pleased to invite apartment dwellers to participate in a cost-effective and convenient program to purchase solar panels.

This FREE information session is for apartment dwellers. Learn about our Solar Partnership, and how you can access:

• credible expert advice on solar options for apartment buildings
• an obligation-free quote 
• competitive pricing

Sustainability experts and a representative from one of our Solar Partners will be on-hand to answer queries.

Book now

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St Kilda Repair Cafe
Mar
10
2:00 PM14:00

St Kilda Repair Cafe

What do you do with a broken toaster? Or with a bike when the wheel runs out of true? Or with a sweater full of moth holes? Toss it? No way! Bring it to the St Kilda Repair Café and let one of our volunteer fixers make it as good as new while you learn new skills and enjoy a cup of tea. Did we mention it's free?

2-5pm on the 2nd Sunday of each month. Last repairs start at 4:15pm.

Find our more about the St Kilda Repair Cafe here

 

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Observe Insect Pollinators In Action At Westgate Park
Mar
10
10:30 AM10:30

Observe Insect Pollinators In Action At Westgate Park

  • Port Education Centre 343-383 Lorimer St Port Melbourne (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

At this workshop, you will learn to identify several insect pollinators, including native and non-native bees and butterflies. We will then visit the pollinator observatories to make observations of plant-insect interactions.

Session 1: Introduction to 'Providing for Pollinators' and the tools for monitoring them (at the Port Education Centre)

Blythe Vogel and Luis Mata will introduce you to a ‘Protocol to record ecological interactions between plants and pollinators using timed surveys’ and a ‘Visual field guide for the identification of targeted pollinators’. These documents will be discussed and your questions about the field protocol and species identification encouraged.

A handout questionnaire will test your capacity to successrfully complete the field protocol and accurately identify the targeted insects. This is an open book shared session - not a scary test!

Session 2: Visit the 'Summer' pollinator observatories in Westgate Park

The workshop will move into Westgate Park to visit the ‘summer' pollinator observatories and work with the tools learned in Session 1.

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Solar Partnership for Commercial/Industrial Buildings
Mar
5
6:30 PM18:30

Solar Partnership for Commercial/Industrial Buildings

  • Council Chambers, St Kilda Town Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The City of Port Phillip is pleased to invite you to participate in a cost-effective and convenient program to purchase solar panels.

This FREE information session is for non-residential building owners. Learn about our Solar Partnership, and how you can access:
• credible expert advice on solar options for non-residential buildings
• an obligation-free quote 
• competitive pricing

Sustainability experts and a representative from one of our Solar Partners will be on-hand to answer queries.

Book now

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Alive Outside Clean Up Australia Day
Mar
2
10:30 AM10:30

Alive Outside Clean Up Australia Day

Port phillip EcoCentre are holding a Clean Up Australia Day event in Elwood, so that everyone can make a difference to our streets and creeks.

Be part of the Australia-wide clean up of our local environment.   

Are you aged between 12 to 25 years old?

Can you spare only 1 hour on Saturday 2nd March from 10:30 to 11:30?

Want to make a difference to our waterways and ocean?

Come as an individual or bring your friends. Bring your own gloves and bag or we can supply some if you don't have them.

Register now

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Sustainable Food Traditions
Feb
27
11:00 AM11:00

Sustainable Food Traditions

Join EcoCentre for a free workshop for women to celebrate sustainable food practices from different cultures. Learn about Indigenous Australian edible plants, explore eco-friendly gardening practices, and learn how we can all play a part to reduce food waste and pollution.

This event is part of the EcoCentre's Multicultural Bay Ambassadors program, a four month volunteer internship program for emerging professionals interested in sustainability education and engaging with CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) communities. Ambassadors develop inclusive events for Melbourne's culturally diverse communities, with the aim to introduce the beautiful bay marine life and encourage actions to care for the bay.

Registrations essential: ecocentre.com/events

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St Kilda Repair Cafe
Feb
10
2:00 PM14:00

St Kilda Repair Cafe

What do you do with a broken toaster? Or with a bike when the wheel runs out of true? Or with a sweater full of moth holes? Toss it? No way! Bring it to the St Kilda Repair Café and let one of our volunteer fixers make it as good as new while you learn new skills and enjoy a cup of tea. Did we mention it's free?

2-5pm on the 2nd Sunday of each month. Last repairs start at 4:15pm.

Find our more about the St Kilda Repair Cafe here

 

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