Members of the community are encouraged to nominate a ‘conservation hero’ by March 22 for the 12th annual Manly Environment Centre’s Eco Award.


Please download Nomination Form below. 


Northern Beaches Council/MEC Eco Awards

Who will be our 2017 Eco Hero?  

Nominations have closed for the 12th annual Manly Environment Centre’s Eco Award.

The prestigious Eco Award gives community members a chance to nominate their 'unsung environmental hero' - someone who deserves acknowledgment for their outstanding environmental and conservation work to protect our unique natural environment.

Last year's Eco Award was won by Sharnie Connell who has campaigned for the protection of marine life for many years, including spreading the message that “Healthy Oceans Need Sharks,” as well as working to rescue distressed and injured birds and animals.

Other winners include Peter Garrett in 2006 for his long-standing support of environmental issues and 2010 winner Brendan Donohoe, president of the Northern Beaches Surfrider Foundation, who has inspired many over the years to work alongside him in the pursuit of clean water and beach conservation.

The winner receives an original art work in addition to public recognition of their work and achievements.  The awards will be presented at the end of March.

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Ocean Care Day 2016 

Love Our Locals

This year's big eco-festival was a beauty. 

Blue sky weather, hundreds of entries in our kids' art competition, a samba band and lots of people dressed in shark costumes. 

There was a smoking ceremony, great speeches and three fabulous sound stages. 

The art tent was bulging with bright coloured schoolkids' artworks, with just enough room left for some local eco-artists. 

There was face (and arm) painting, a Batty about Bats play for kids, and dozens of environmental stalls. 

Of course we had the Manly Environment Centre Science Lab, where you get the chance to look closer - down a microscope, or by taking part in a citizen scientist survey.  Next door were Friends of Cabbage Tree Bay, the volunteers who look after Manly's marine wonderland. Then there was the Aboriginal Heritage Centre, beach cleanup groups Two Hands and Take3, and a creative 'scavenging' stall, where people collected rubbish and got tokens to exchange for donated clothing items. 

And this year, the event spread beyond Manly, with a pollution-fighting Ocean Action Pod at Dee Why, and a big beach clean-up day at Avalon.

Big crowds everywhere, and particularly at our Manly oceanfront home, made the day our best and biggest festival ever. 

Thanks to all the MEC volunteers for all your work and Northern Beaches Council for their support.


Images: The MEC Lab, Take3 stall, kids' artworks, Aboriginal Heritage stall. 




Batty about Bats

Ocean Care Day has always had eco-art and eco-stalls. Now we're bringing you eco-theatre as well.

Kids will love this musical play about Batty the grey-headed flying fox who is about to have a pup. She’s been on the move ever since she left the Royal Botanic Gardens and is worried about what’s going to happen to her baby if she can’t find a home fast.

Bats finds an ally in Possy, the little Ringtail Possum who thinks Batty is actually a fox that flies! But the pair encounter Lady Beatrice Barrenbottom the Third, who has a big problem with Bats and is trying to convince Ranger Bob to do something drastic.

Can Possy help save Batty from homelessness?


The Manly Litter Bug

And our own Litter Bug will be there to highlight the impact of litter and single-use plastic on beach communities and ocean environments. And to remind us all that 'no one likes a litter bug'.


Above: Lady Barrenbottom and Possy.  Below: The Manly Litter Bug







Dee Why and Avalon

Ocean Care Day isn't just about Manly.  We need to keep all our beautiful beaches clean.

So we're dispatching the Ocean Action Pod to Dee Why.

The pod demonstrates how marine plastic is polluting the ocean, killing marine life and contaminating our food chain.

Find out what micro-plastics look like, and which plastic products are the worst offenders at getting into our waterways.

Most important of all - find out what you can do to help.

The pod will be at Ted Jackson reserve Dee Why beach on Sunday Dec 4 from 10 - 4



Avalon is coming to the party too with a big beach cleanup, followed by a BBQ and a microplastics workshop. It's the last beach clean of the year.

Meet at Avalon SLSC on Sunday Dec 4 at 10am. 


'Love Our Locals' - 2016 Ocean Care Day  MARINE PARADE

Join our festive dress-up Marine Parade and help us kick off this year's Ocean Care Day in style.

Starts Manly Wharf forecourt at 9.45 for 10am start. Sunday Dec 4.



Manly's 23rd Ocean Care Day Festival

Love Our Locals on Sunday Dec 4 at Manly's biggest environmental event. 

Ocean Care Day will be held on Manly's spectacular surf beach and include a program of environmental talks, music, eco exhibitions, stalls and local art.

With a musical sea creature parade to kick things off, the free community event is fun for festival lovers of all ages.

We'll have the famous Penguin Pavilion; the fascinating Ocean Lab, where you can meet 'the locals' and find out more about our precious and diverse Northern Beaches marine life, and over 40 eco-stalls.

If art is your thing, head over to the Art Tent to admire original environmental works by local artists.

It's not a festival without music and you can enjoy live local musicians on the music stage. 

We'll have our big Manly Environment Centre tent with an array of environmental material, as well as our award-winning Friends of Cabbage Tree Bay volunteers who are looking after Manly's stunning no-take aquatic reserve. 

The Ocean Care Day Festival runs from 10.30am until 4.30pm on Sunday December 4, South Steyne Manly Beach front.


Save our Species

We are inviting Northern Beaches primary school students to enter a fun and educational poster



The A3 poster competition ‘Save our Species’ aims to encourage students to learn about our local

threatened species — particularly those living in our ocean, creeks, streams and lagoons.


To get inspired we have prepared an information kit, which contains everything teachers need to

know to help students enter, as well as a library of downloadable flyers to help students learn about

our threatened species on the Northern Beaches.


Details and dates to competition to be announced soon. 



Manly Environment Centre has been working to protect Manly's environment for the past 25 years.

So on Sunday (Sept 25) we took time out to celebrate some of our extraordinary successes;  including turning Cabbage Tree Bay into a fully-protected marine paradise, bringing back Manly's iconic Norfolk Island Pines, fighting to reduce pollution at North Head sewerage treatement plant, rehabilitating Burnt Bridge creek, campaigning for North Head Sanctuary, and fighting for our precious Little Penguins and bandicoots.

At the party were our supporting organisations — National Parks and Wildlife, Taronga Zoo Project Penguin and Zoomobile, North Head Sanctuary Foundation, Save Manly Dam Catchment Group, NSW Fisheries Education Trailer, Sea Life Sanctuary, Friends of Cabbage Tree Bay, Whalespotter and A Marine Park for Sydney Campaign — and of course the staff and all the wonderful volunteers from the Manly Environment Centre.

Thanks to Dr Peter Macdonald for an inspirational speech. And here's to another 25 years as Manly's go-to community green group.


 triumphs Victories



Weaving Bridges Project 2016

Building on the success of the Weaving Bridges Project since 2013, Manly Environment Centre, Manly Community Centre, Northern Beaches Aboriginal Community members, Northern Beaches Council and Sanctuary Respite Centre, North Head, joined together for an exciting new weaving project in 2016 – using the theme from the Guringai Festival ‘Through My Eyes’ along with this year’s NAIDOC Week theme of ‘Songlines’.

The theme we chose this year was inspired by our native flowers which represent the bush and country along which ‘Songlines’ travelled. Each piece was individually woventhrough my eyes’, with work by more than 150 participants in this year’s Weaving Brides Project.

The project culminated with installation of the woven art works on the Queenscliff Lagoon bridge and a launch attended by more than 100 people.



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