How to get involved with the Port Environment Centre

Supporting our Gathering Place

The Centre is a place that people can drop in to browse our resources, read and chat, check on opportunities for volunteering and access local information. PEC has some regular centre volunteers who can assist further with answering enquiries, keeping the Centre clean and well-presented, setting up for workshops and events, ‘hosting’ events or workshops at the Centre. If you are interested in joining us as a volunteer, please register your interest.

Community environment groups are welcome to use the Centre, in line with our purpose, e.g. for a regular monthly meeting. We support many local groups in this way. If this is something you would like to learn more about, please contact us or check out further info here.

We also try to support local groups and love to discuss new project ideas, explore ways to collaborate or help to promote local environmental groups and activities. Please get in touch with us to find out more.

Living Sustainably

We offer a range of events, workshops and activities to help you live more sustainably. Make sure to join our mailing list, so you don’t miss out on upcoming activities. 

Or drop into the centre to ask questions and get great advice on waste and recycling, our local environment, gardening and composting, or connecting into local environmental opportunities.


Caring for and Learning about the Natural Coastal, Marine and Estuarine environment

PEC promotes the activities of local environment groups and coast, marine and estuarine groups. Come into the Centre &/or look online to find out what these groups are doing and how you can get involved e.g. dune care, seagrass monitoring, clean ups, citizen science initiatives. 

We offer a range of workshops, events, walks and activities to help you learn more about our local environment, as well as offering resources and information online and through handouts available at the centre.

Our e-news is also a great way to hear about other ways to get involved and learn more. Sign up for our mailing list here.

If you have a great idea for an environmental project or group, do get in touch. The Centre can offer support and advice and help you connect to the right people. We can also help to promote your activities.

Do you have a project that needs auspicing?

Does your unincorporated environment group wish to apply for a grant that requires auspicing from an incorporated organisation, such as the Port Environment Centre?

You (the ‘auspicee’) will carry out the project, while we (the ‘Incorporated auspicor’) will receive the project funding and assist you with the allocation, spending & acquittal of the project funding, according to a mutual agreement.

The Port Environment Centre offers:

  • Auspicing for local projects that support our aims, including living sustainably, caring for, learning about and enjoying the natural coastal, marine and estuarine environment.
  • Financial framework for the receipt and acquittal of grant funding.
  • Website, Facebook & Instagram for promotion of your project.

PEC will only take on a maximum of 2 projects at a time and will assess each project carefully for risks prior to agreeing to auspicing.

Please ensure you contact us with enough time for PEC to consider your project and take it to the PEC Management Committee for a formal decision. We recommend contacting us a minimum of one month prior to the grant application closing.

  1. Find out more here,
  2. Then reach out to us for a chat about your project
  3. Finally complete our auspicing Expression of Interest form.