New Fund To Protect Port Phillip Bay Gets Moving

30 May 2017

The Andrews Labor Government is protecting the rich and diverse environment of Port Phillip Bay – one of Melbourne’s most important ecosystems.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today announced the successful recipients from the first round of the Labor Government’s $10 million Port Phillip Bay Fund.

Thirty six new projects will share in $3.57 million from round one of the Fund, to protect the health of Port Phillip Bay and the wider bay catchment area.

The one to three-year projects include activities to reduce pollution, enhance aquatic habitats, improve catchment health and increase community awareness of issues that impact the health of the Bay.

Almost $600,000 will go towards two projects being delivered by the Port Phillip EcoCentre – ‘Living Water Workbees’ and ‘Clean Bay Blueprint’.

The 'Living Water Workbees' project will allow up to 6,000 volunteers to protect native biodiversity and improve water quality in Bay catchments around Elster Creek and Werribee River, and will run in partnership with the Werribee Riverkeeper. The ‘Clean Bay Blueprint’ will investigate plastic pollution in Melbourne’s waterways.

Other funded activities include reef restoration, dune stabilisation, water quality improvements and litter control.

10,000 marine plant and animal species live in Port Phillip Bay, making it one of our most important ecosystems.

In addition to providing valuable habitat, the Bay also supports recreational fishing and tourism, is the entrance to Australia's busiest port, and has over 3 million people living and working in the catchment area.

The Labor Government recognises the challenges of climate change and population growth, and is partnering with community organisations to address key issues impacting Port Phillip Bay.

Applications for the second round of funding will open mid-2017, with the community encouraged to get involved and apply.

For more information on the Fund and how to apply visit Link .

Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio

“We’re investing $10 million over four years to help the community play a greater role in improving the health of Port Phillip Bay.”

“These projects will protect the rich and unique environment of the Bay – one of our city’s most important ecosystems.”

“It’s another example of how we’re ensuring the health of Victoria’s environment and waterways.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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