Port Phillip EcoCentre

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.

Port Phillip Emergency Climate Action Network (PECAN)

The Port Phillip Emergency Climate Action Network (PECAN) aims to create and sustain a strong climate action movement in Port Phillip to address the climate crisis. A more extended statement of PECAN’s aims is on the PECAN website.

Members (as listed by PECAN and updated May 2020) include:

  • The Australian Conservation Foundation Macnamara (ACFM) is part of Australia's national environmental organisation, a community of over 400,000 people who speak out, show up and act for a world where forests, rivers, people and wildlife thrive. ACFM is the group of members that lives in the Division of Macnamara.
  • The Australian Youth Climate Coalition is Australia’s largest youth-run organisation, our mission is to build a movement of young people leading solutions to the climate crisis.
  • The Community Alliance of Port Phillip is a residents’ action group that champions progressive policies for the City of Port Phillip. Contact CAPP at info@capp.org.auor like their Facebook page at @Community AlliancePP, or phone their Convenor Rhonda Small on 0434 027 760.
  • The Port Phillip EcoCentre - see listing above.
  • Stop Adani Macnamara is part of a people powered movement in Australia contributing to the world’s effort to reduce global greenhouse emissions by preventing the opening up of one of the world’s largest untapped coal basins, The Galilee Basin, to coal mining export.  
  • The Jewish Climate Network was established with the aim of catalysing the Jewish community to support and strongly advocate for action on the climate emergency. Inspired by the Jewish value of pikuach nefesh, the saving of life, they feel they have no choice but to step up and take action.
  • unChain Inc is a community-based organisation that led the successful community campaign that stopped the Council proposed over development of the St Kilda Triangle. We engage and empower residents to keep the City of Port Phillip Councillors and Staff accountable for their actions.
  • Locals Into Victoria’s Environment (LIVE) is a community organisation based in the City Port Phillip. Their 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.
  • Port Phillip Alliance for Sustainability (PASS) is a community group bringing together residents and groups concerned with climate change and Port Phillip responses. It focuses primarily on Council policy and action, but also addresses State and Commonwealth issues. Contact Jack Halliday, jahel@bigpond.net.au.
  • Elwood Floods Action Group (Eflag) informs you about how the area experiences flooding, what you can do to prepare for and respond to future floods, and what you can expect from various government agencies and associated bodies in times of severe weather. 
  • Extinction Rebellion Port Phillip (XR Port Phillip) is part of a global movement of creative civil disobedience in response to the climate and ecological emergency we are facing. They meet on Tuesday evenings at 6.00pm at the Post Hotel in Inkerman St, St Kilda.  

Beach Patrol Australia

This network of beach clean-up groups continues to grow and now has Beach Patrol groups around Port Phillip Bay from Bellarine around to Rye. Love Our Street, the neighbourhood version of Beach Patrol, is growing as well, with groups now doing monthly cleans and several more groups in development. 

Earthcare St Kilda

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.

Westgate Biodiversity: Bili Nursery and Landcare 

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.

Jewish Ecological Coalition (JECO) 

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

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.

Friends of St Kilda Botanical Gardens

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

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.

L.I.V.E.- Locals Into Victoria’s Environment 

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

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

Port Phillip Bicycle Users’ Group (BUG) has been working towards making riding better for more people. They take 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 make submissions to Council’s budget and transport strategy.

Connected to Port Phillip

The Connected to Port Phillip initiative, from Remember The Wild and partners, aims to inspire new and stronger connections with the extraordinary ecosystem of Port Phillip and support those who work hard to look after it.