Posts Tagged ‘Port Phillip’

Garbage Warrior film & recycled building discussion

Posted in Events by EcoCentre on June 11th, 2013

17 June , 2013
7:00 pmto9:00 pm


EcoCentre June Film Night – Garbage Warrior. 

What do beer cans, car tyres and water bottles have in common? Not much unless you’re renegade architect Michael Reynolds, in which case they’re tools of choice for producing energy-independent housing.

For 30 years, New Mexico-based Reynolds and his green disciples have advanced the art of ”Earthship Biotecture” by building self sufficient, off the grid communities.

Shot over 3 years and in 4 countries, Garbage Warrior is a portrait of a determined building visionary.

The film will be introduced by Melbourne based architect, owner-builder and eco village enthusiast Tony Kenny, whose own home has been fashioned from largely reclaimed materials for well under $60,000.

Date: Monday 17 June
Time: 7pm
Venue: Port Phillip EcoCentre
Corner Blessington & Herbert Streets, St Kilda
(in the St Kilda Botanic Gardens)

Cost: $2 on the door

Phone: 9534 0670



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)



Port Phillip Local Artisan Tour

Posted in Events by TransitionTownPortPhillip on November 23rd, 2011

3 December , 2011
11:00 amto4:00 pm

“SECOND-HAND-MADE Port Phillip” Local Artisan Tour St Kilda – Middle Park – Albert Park – South Melbourne

Sat 3 Dec, 11am–4pm

Be inspired, support local artisans & enjoy ethical Christmas shopping whilst exploring the diverse handmade delights of bayside Melbourne handmade toys – crafts – curios – home-wares – vintage threads – reclaimed treasures

Starting from South Melbourne, join us for a leisurely tour on foot and public transport, stopping for tea & treats along the way!

$10 – BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL – 0439 677 811

Hosted by Transition Port Phillip – inspiring connectedness, creativity & community resilience –  & The Sharehood – meet your neighbours, share with them

The Economics of Happiness: Foodie film screening

Posted in Events by TransitionTownPortPhillip on November 10th, 2011

14 November , 2011
8:00 pmto9:30 pm

“Going local” is a powerful strategy to repair our fractured world – our ecosystems, our societies and ourselves… Join us on Monday 14 November, 7.30 for 8pm screening of “The Economics of Happiness”, a film exploring the emerging paradigm of re-localisation, a new way of thinking about economics, growth & prosperity.

Special guest speaker, Nick Ray, founder of the Ethical Consumer Guide.

Tickets $11 online  or $12 on the door (subject to availability) includes nibblies made from locally sourced produce & a glass of wine.
SLOWdown Cafe Bar Restaurant, 56 Acland St, St Kilda (opposite McDonalds).

Appetite for Insight foodie films are proudly presented in partnership with SLOWdown eco-friendly restaurant & Transition Town Port Phillip, supported by Port Phillip Urban Fresh Food Network & Veg Out Community Gardens.

Water-Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) Tour – Stonnington & Port Phillip

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on September 28th, 2011

14 October , 2011
8:50 amto1:30 pm
Source: Clearwater

Clearwater’s latest tour highlights an array of WSUD stormwater treatment measures and harvesting systems across the City of Stonnington & Port Phillip.

Council experts and design consultants will be onsite to provide insights into the development and management of each project, discussing challenges, learnings and outcomes from concept to completion. This tour will visit tree pits, raingardens in both commercial and residential areas, stormwater harvest systems designed for open space irrigation and vehicle washdown sites. You will gain an insight into project goals, costs, engineering, landscaping and maintenance considerations and community engagement. The tour will include visits to 7 sites; morning tea; sit down networking lunch. Suitable for anyone involved in sustainable water planning or asset maintenance / design, including developers, planners, architects, environment and maintenance staff.

8:50AM – 1:30PM, Friday 14th October 2011

Meeting point to be advised upon booking your place.

The City of Port Phillip Water Plan is a great example of a municipal strategy, that sets long term integrated water management targets and promotes a water sensitive approach to urban water management. The plan sets considerable targets for reduction in council and community mains water consumption, and promotes the substitution of mains supply with alternative water sources where appropriate. Pollution reduction targets are set to be achieved through an increase in water sensitive urban design (WSUD) projects in road, drainage, and streetscape works.

The City of Port Phillip Water Plan recently won the 2011 Stormwater Victoria Excellence Awards in the category of Research, Innovation, Policy and Education.

Read more about the City of Port Phillip Water Plan.

Gardening Workshops at the Eco Centre

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on September 1st, 2011

11 September , 2011
18 September , 2011
25 September , 2011
2 October , 2011

With spring now upon us, it’s a great time to learn how to make the most of our garden spaces. For anyone into earthy fun who would like to know how to lock up some carbon and make your house or apartment more like a lush green home – help is at hand. Port Phillip EcoCentre is hosting a series of Sunday Garden Workshops in September/October.

The presenter is local resident Elspeth Ferguson who is a qualified horticulturist and trainer. She has a lush balcony on her 10th floor apartment in St Kilda Road as well as a plot at Dig In Community Garden in Port Melbourne. She has conducted gardening seminars for locals through various community organisations. Elspeth is highly passionate about the environment, sustainable gardening and veggie gardening, said “A garden is a like a good friend! I just love all things green and leafy, and all things local, social, and healthy.”

The sessions are to be run from the EcoCentre in St Kilda Botanical Gardens on the corner Blessington and Herbert Streets. The two hour sessions will be run for 4 weeks each Sunday from 11 September from 11 to 1pm with a lunch to follow – which is included in the cost.

Topics include:

  • Sunday 11th September – Sustainable gardening, soils, composting and fertilising
  • Sunday 18th September – Selecting, sourcing and growing plants
  • Sunday 25th September – Irrigation and water-saving systems
  • Sunday 2nd October – Controlling bugs and other pests.

One person booking for individual sessions:$85
One person booking for all 4 sessions: $260 ($65 per session)
Group booking of two or more people: $65 each per session
Group booking of two or more people for all 4 sessions: $55 each per session

To book, please phone the EcoCentre on 9534 0670

Paul Hawken @ Thriving Neighbourhoods Conference

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on August 26th, 2011

25 October , 2011
26 October , 2011

Thriving Neighbourhoods is a Conference Series that explores the impact of the built and natural environments on communities’ health, wellbeing and productivity. The 2011 conference focuses on the role of Local Governments in creating liveable, sustainable and healthy communities: how they engage stakeholders including the property, planning, parks and recreation, health, and other government sectors.

The Conference will take these diverse groups out of their silos and work collaboratively to create a living environment where residents are healthy and productive.

Paul Hawken, renowned author whose works have transformed businesses’ thinking about their impact on the environment, will be in Melbourne to address the conference. In The Ecology of Commerce, he argues for “full-cost accounting”: taking account of social, environmental and economic costs to truly gauge the impact of a business decision. His other works include Natural Capitalism and Blessed Unrest.

For the full program and to register:

25 – 26 October 2011
St Kilda Town Hall

A Wildlife Experience in St Kilda

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on July 22nd, 2011

30 July , 2011
2:00 pmto5:00 pm

A Wildlife Experience in St Kilda (for parents and kids) on Saturday 30 July

Aimed at kids, together with their parents, this workshop is designed to stimulate interest in native animals and birds. It also provides kids and their parents with a project that they can tackle together at home i.e. constructing a nesting box and then attracting owls, birds, etc. to their home, school or neighbourhood. Gio, a local 14 year old boy, is a keen naturalist and has built and deployed nesting boxes all over St Kilda and even as far afield as Phillip Island (where the hospital there has attracted a barn owl into one of his boxes). Marian is a PhD student specializing in a local bird, the tawny frogmouth.

2.30 pm : Gio, (14), will teach parents and their kids how to make a nesting box to attract birds and animals.

3.30 pm: Marian Weaving will explain how to do wildlife surveys.

4.30 pm: A walk around the St Kilda Botanic Gardens with Gio & Marian to observe wildlife and to illustrate the best way to conduct a wildlife survey.

Date: Saturday 30 July; Cost: $20 per family

Bookings essential – phone 9534 0670.

For more information, contact Bede Doherty (GM at Port Phillip EcoCentre)

Q&A on the Carbon Tax: Port Phillip Community

Posted in Events, Policies by Kate Archdeacon on June 16th, 2011

18 June , 2011
2:00 pmto5:00 pm

WHAT: Port Phillip Community Q&A on The “Carbon Tax”
WHEN: 2-5pm Saturday 18 June 2011
WHO: John Thwaites, Peter Christoff, Sue Pennicuik, Rachel Powning, Frank O’Connor
WHERE: ST KILDA MEMO – 88 Acland St, St Kilda