Congratulations to the Port Phillip EcoCentre on recent national Keep Australia Beautiful Award wins

Port Phillip EcoCentre team receiving their Keep Australia Beautiful awards

Keeping the Yarra and Bay area healthy is a tough job, but luckily there are people in the area willing to put in the hard work. Environment Protection Authority (EPA) congratulates the Port Phillip EcoCentre on their recent wins in the national Keep Australia Beautiful Awards.

The Port Phillip EcoCentre received top honours with the national Clean Beaches Award for their work on St Kilda's West Beach. The award recognises cooperation, community sustainability involvement and connectedness to a local beach environment. Their work at St Kilda West Beach inspires and facilitates hands-on action from all sectors and generations.

Port Phillip EcoCentre’s Youth Wildlife Ambassador Gio Fitzpatrick, picked up the ‘Young Legends’ award for his exemplary work in wildlife monitoring and habitat improvement in Melbourne’s coastal neighbourhoods.

Gio’s achievements include wildlife nest-box design and installations, which attract and protect unprecedented species and have enabled Eastern Rosellas to breed locally. He has recorded nearly 1000 wildlife species between St Kilda, Elwood and Elsternwick and recently discovered a large flock of Red-necked Stints (wader bird species that migrates internationally) feeding at night on West Beach.

The Port Phillip EcoCentre also won the ‘Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention, Waste Management and Resource Recovery’ award for ongoing Port Phillip Baykeeper education, action and citizen science initiatives to measure marine plastic pollution, prevent litter, promote recycling and empower the next generations.

Find out more about their work at the EcoCentre's website.