EcoCentre Awarded Again

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The Port Phillip EcoCentre has again been recognised for its innovative work in sustainability.

Last week the EcoCentre’s founder and director, Neil Blake was recognised in the Outstanding Individuals category at the Victorian Coastal Awards for Excellence 2014, while the EcoCentre itself was nominated as a finalist in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2014.

Mayor Amanda Stevens said Mr Blake, best known as Melbourne’s ‘Baykeeper’, has been caring for Port Phillip Bay for more than 30 years.

“With the Port Phillip EcoCentre, Mr Blake has been able to share his passion for healthy waterways while encouraging others to volunteer in a range of environmental programs,” Cr Stevens said.

“Mr Blake has left a lasting legacy that will ensure future generations continue to undertake sustainable projects to protect Port Phillip Bay.

“Council is a proud sponsor of the EcoCentre and is providing $35,000 this financial year to ensure more volunteers can take part in the centre’s environmental education programs.”

The EcoCentre’s Life Support for the Bay project was announced as a finalist in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards’ Cleaner Yarra and Bay category.

The project aims to raise awareness of the relationships between Melbourne’s waterways and the Port Phillip Bay.

The City of Port Phillip was recognised at the same awards for its participation in the Seedlings – Sustainability in the Early Years project which is headed by Knox City Council.

The project, operating out of 60 services, including 15 in Port Phillip, introduces young children to sustainability and embeds sustainable practices in early childhood services.

Last month the EcoCentre won at the Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria Sustainable Cities Awards for its Yarra Plume and Sea Star Management Projects, which reduce pollution and pests in Port Phillip Bay.

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