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4 Short Films with Q&A: Coal Seam Gas in Victoria

Posted in Events by EcoCentre on July 29th, 2013

12 August , 2013
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Coal seam gas and the term “fracking” came to the media fore with the 2010 release of the film Gaslands in the US.  This is now a very real and present issue in Victoria, with rural communities mobilising to Lock the Gate on the mining companies. They are calling on the government to extend its moratorium on coal seam, shale and tight gas extraction until more robust research data is available on the risk to people and the environment.

Friends of the Earth and Quit Coal will share four enlightening short films that will detail the process of fracturing and explain the issues facing our northern cousins in New South Wales and Queensland where alternative gas extraction is already happening.

The final short film, Gippsland is Precious, will provide an overview of the immediate Lock the Gate campaigns underway across Victoria, leading into a Q&A panel.  This night is a great opportunity to explore how you can stand with rural Victorian communities to protect our food, our water supply and our climate from destructive coal and gas mining.

Date: August 12

Time: 7pm

Cost: $2 at the door.

Venue: Port Phillip EcoCentre, 55A Blessington Street, St Kilda

Bookings essential:

Climate of Change – Port Phillip EcoCentre film night

Posted in Events by EcoCentre on July 8th, 2013

15 July , 2013
7:00 pmto10:00 pm


The film Climate of Change is showing at Port Phillip EcoCentre on Monday 15 July, 7pm.

Narrated by Tilda Swinton, this optimistic film introduces regular people from around the world who are taking action in the fight against global warming. Poetry that details the beauty of earth’s soil, forests, water and bounty is interwoven with scenes of committed people who want to make a difference, from India, to Papua New Guinea, to Norway.

Venue: Port Phillip EcoCentre
(within the St Kilda Botanical Gardens)
Cnr Blessington & Herbert Streets
St Kilda

Enquiries: 9534 0670

>>>Tickets are $2 on the door, and you can book online.

Learn Successful Worm Farming!

Posted in Events by EcoCentre on May 15th, 2013

18 May , 2013
11:00 amto12:30 pm


Saturday 18 May, 11am-12.30pm

Want bucket loads of worm castings, like these ones collected from EcoCentre? In this workshop you’ll learn how to set up and maintain a top-performing worm farm.

Everything you ever wanted to know about how to wrangle worms and turn your organic kitchen waste into garden enriching compost.

The workshop will be run by industry professional Richard Thomas. Richard is a highly sought-after expert who not only runs a worm nursery in Melbourne but who also consults in this field in developing countries.  This workshop uses active, demonstration wormfarms and covers theory and troubleshooting.

Bookings ESSENTIAL. Cost $15 EcoCentre ‘green’ members/$25 others
9534  0670 /

Venue: Port Phillip EcoCentre
Cnr Blessington & Herbert Streets, St Kilda
(in St Kilda Botanic Gardens)

Film night: “A New We”

Posted in Events by EcoCentre on March 14th, 2013

18 March , 2013
7:00 pmto9:00 pm


A documentary about EcoVillages and self reliant communities in Europe.

Documentary film maker Steven Wolf travels through Europe to explore & document well established eco communities.

The film portrays some of the broad spectrum of lifestyle possibilities that are part of our global effort to transition to a sustainable world.

Cost: $2 (at the door)
Bookings essential:

Tea/coffee/muffins available

Date: Monday 18 March

Time: 7pm

Venue: Port Phillip EcoCentre
Corner Blessington & Herbert Streets, St Kilda
(adjacent St Kilda Botanic Gardens)



Family School Holiday Workshops: Port Phillip EcoCentre

Posted in Events by ecoApril on April 7th, 2011

15 April , 2011to19 April , 2011

For autumn school holidays, enjoy Port Phillip EcoCentre’s creative, investigative and interactive activities inspired by the local environment! Explore nature through art, song, and take-home projects for parents and kids. Classes at noon 15, 17 & 19 April. All materials are provided. Adult accompaniment required for these hands-on workshops.

$15 per child per class ($10 if booking for 3 kids or 3 classes).

Bookings recommended. Book with, or call 9534 0670.

15 April – Sketchbook Safari. Learn basic bookmaking then explore the gardens collecting sensory observations in your new handmade book.
17 April – Miniature Museum. Make collection and display tools for your own micro-museum, then start finding natural treasures to populate your museum.
19 April – Felt Making. Where does fabric come from? How is it made? Make your own felt fabric squares, snakes and beads at this hands-on workshop. Back by popular demand!

The Port Phillip EcoCentre is a not-for-profit, community-managed eco-living house and garden in the southwest corner of the St Kilda Botanic Gardens.  We’re a short stroll from the 96, 16, 3, or 67 trams and a 10-minute walk from Balaclava train station, and a pleasant bike ride from most anywhere!

55A Blessington Street (cnr Herbert & Blessington Streets), St Kilda
03 9534 0670,

Bookings with

Open Every Weekend in 2011: Port Philip Eco Centre

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on January 14th, 2011

Photo: Phooey Architects

The Port Philip Eco Centre in St Kilda will be open every Saturday and Sunday in 2011 with a Duty Manager on site, all day. There will be a wide variety of activities – workshops on making your rented or owned home more resource-efficient, daily tours of our retrofitted building, community gardening, regular guest speakers, sustainability markets, bicycle maintenance workshops, the EcoShop (selling a range of products from worm farms to insulation), workshops for kids, artistic workshops with a green theme and even musicians/bands to help create a good vibe. We will have tea and cake available on weekends too. Please make a plan to visit us on at least one weekend in January as we launch this exciting new 2011 weekend program – check out the Calendar for January’s activities and come and say hello.

This “Open on Weekends” strategy will enable us to access the “Residents” market more effectively.

However, we are expanding our market strategy and will also be targeting employees who come to work in the region. We will take the message TO them, at their offices or at excursion sites. We will do this by offering companies opportunities to:

* provide their employees with volunteering excursions (which we will set up and manage),
* sponsor research (and even participate)
* sponsor our sustainability education projects at partner schools,
* learn about food security by having us mentor their staff in establishing a small vegetable garden, on site, at their office
* hear presentations (at their offices) on living more sustainably at home and at work.

All of these programs will be offered to corporates for a fee. This approach will have the additional benefit of diversifying our sources of funding. Click here for more information on this program or, of course, give us a call if you know someone who might be interested.

Phone (03) 9534 0670

55A Blessington St, St Kilda

Green your grey matter: January Family Workshops

Posted in Events by ecoApril on January 6th, 2011

7 January , 2011
30 January , 2011

Port Phillip EcoCentre once again serves up their zany, brainy school holiday programs over January. On Fridays and Sundays at noon, curious and families can try hands-on nature arts projects from bookmaking to mud murals! Creative investigation and artistic adventure nurture fun that lasts beyond the sessions, thwarting summer boredom and filling your grey matter with colourful ideas.

7 Jan – Puppet Creatures
9 Jan – Fantastic Masks
14 Jan – Wild Wind: Chimes and Kites
16 Jan – Bay Animal Mobiles
21 Jan – Felt Making
23 Jan – Treasure Hunters
28 Jan – Mud & Chalk Murals
30 Jan - Zany Bookmaking

Classes run January Fridays and Sundays at 12 noon, for approximately 75 minutes.

$15 per child per workshop. SPECIAL: $10 per child per workshop if you mention you read about us on Sustainable Melbourne!

Recommended for ages 4-10. All materials provided. Adult accompaniment is required for these hands-on workshops.

No bookings required, however space is limited. Details at, or for details email or call 03 9525 3102.

The EcoCentre is a not-for-profit, community-managed, environment group. The EcoCentre provides a base for a number of affiliate groups involved in a range of activities that promote biodiversity, environmental sustainability and community action. Port Phillip EcoCentre is located at 55A Blessington St, in the corner of the St Kilda Botanic Gardens.