The EcoCentre delivers sustainability education, services and support to our Port Phillip and wider Melbourne community. Over the past 15 years, its programs and services have increased substantially to support more than 19,000 participants annually.
The City of Port Phillip has a long standing strategic partnership with the EcoCentre which includes the provision of annual funding and a five-year lease agreement for use of the premises in the St Kilda Botanical Gardens.
The current EcoCentre building has reached the end of its structural life and is no longer fit for purpose. A new building will increase the EcoCentre's ability to deliver sustainability programs, meet compliance requirements, and provide a leading example of environmentally sustainable design.
We have been working closely with the EcoCentre to develop designs for a proposed redevelopment of the site. The delivery of this project is subject to partnership funding.
To maximise partnership funding opportunities the redevelopment may need to be delivered in two stages. Partnership funding for the first stage will deliver a modern fit-for-purpose building to meet the current level of service, while partnership funding for the second stage will accommodate expanded programs and services, and increased community use.
In February and March 2020 we asked the community to provide feedback on this concept plan to help inform the next stages of the design. You can read the community consultation report (PDF 3.1 MB).
You can find out more about the community consultation on the Have Your Say page.
About the design
The design builds on the key positive themes identified as a result of community consultation including:
- Aesthetic appeal of the redevelopment balancing the modern and heritage elements
- Incorporating sustainable building practices
- Functional and multi-use spaces
The design also now includes more detail and has incorporated individual suggestions into the landscape planting and sustainability attributes.
View the updated designs (PDF 6.8 MB).
Heritage Victoria has reviewed the plans for the redevelopment and, following a statutory advertised public consultation process in August/September 2020, have provided a Heritage permit for the construction works.
In May 2021, City of Port Phillip welcomed the announcement by the Victorian Government that it would match Council’s $2.75 million funding for the EcoCentre redevelopment.
We will continue to update this page with project news.
For more information about the project, please contact the Sustainable Programs Team: