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How WPSP Works to Protect Western Port

Our Role & Responsibility

The Western Port Seagrass Partnership, a not for profit Company limited by guarantee, has no statutory responsibility or direct natural resource management role or protection responsibility for Western Port or its catchment.

We act as independent custodians, advocates and champions for Western Port, and true to our name we do so by promoting positive partnership actions with the multitude of agencies, councils, businesses, private property holders and the community of the region.

If you would like to know a little more about our approaches, please read our brochure.
Some of our Beliefs and Activities .

Building & Sharing Knowledge

A core objective of the WPSP is to build and share knowledge about the ecosystem of Western Port and to encourage regional management decisions to be based on the resultant science knowledge.

One of our early key initiatives was a scientific seminar and workshop aimed at building shared knowledge about the ecosystem of Western Port and its seagrasses.
Background paper from 2001 Seminar

In particular, our first efforts at constructing an ecosystem model for the seagrasses and to examine the key factors influencing the health of these seagrasses.
Seminar synthesis

This model was subsequently tested by EPA Victoria with a series of field experiments involving and measurements of water quality, light availability and seagrass health.

This work confirmed the key factors predicted by the model.

Subsequent work by the Central Coastal Board and other agencies built upon the WPSP model to produce a more sophisticated model covering different segments of the bay.

The Central Coastal Board’s interagency research coordinating group then used the new model to identify missing information and what they believed to be the research priorities for Western Port.
CCB Western Port Research Coordination


The Western Port Seagrass Partnership is also actively engaged in field research, restoration projects and school engagement activities.
More information can be found in the current projects section of this website.

How you can help

Volunteer to help with projects

The Western Port Seagrass Partnership conducts conservation and research activities both in its own right and in partnership with other regional organizations. If you are interested in becoming involved with such activities make sure you register so that we can alert you to the activities we have planned.

If you would like to learn a little more about some of our activities please check out WPSP Projects.

Join Landcare, Coastcare & Friends Groups

The Western Port Seagrass Partnership works closely with a number of other regional community based organizations as part of the partnership of care for the environment of Western Port and its catchment. Working on projects in your community or neighborhood all contributes to the overall effort. So we encourage you to seek out and join these groups and where they don’t exist, think about starting your own group.
Check out the further contacts

Speak up for Western Port

We live in a democracy with elected representatives at Municipal, State and Federal levels of Government.  These representatives try to keep their fingers on the pulse of public opinion and sentiment and direct their attention and the resources of these Governments to address emerging issues. 

Western Port and the many living organisms that call it home have no voice in our system of government and they are reliant on everyday caring Australians to speak up on their behalf.

The Western Port Seagrass Partnership believes passionate communities gain attention and get results. We are not advocating critical outbursts against our elected officials, because nobody responds well to criticism. Rather we advocate positive, numerous and powerful advocacy. It is your right to speak out about concerns, but it is much more effective to advocate solutions and encourage as many people as possible to participate in the solution.

So we ask each and every person, regardless of age or circumstance, to take the time to communicate concerns and views and suggestions to their elected officials and your local media. Ring, write letters, email or drop in for a chat – it all adds up in the end.

If you have ideas you think the WPSP might be able to pursue or facilitate action on, please drop us an email and explain what you have in mind.
Email WPSP

Do the right thing in your backyard and workplace

Many people live and work in the catchment of Western Port but give little thought about what they do in these locations and how these activities may impact on the waterways and the bay into which they discharge.

The WPSP strongly advocates personal, family and workplace attention to what goes down our drains, because this is the main route for pollutants entering Western Port. Each small contribution of pollution adds up to a sizable load by the time it reaches the bay.

Please consider the following practical suggestions on how you can make a difference.
What You Can Do to Help at Home and Work

Ask your School or University to sponsor research in the region

One of the best ways we can protect Western Port is to encourage investment in research because this generates the knowledge we need to better understand how the various ecosystems work and the most important influences at work. If we know these things we are better able to direct our time and resources to protect these ecosystems.

If you are a school student or a teacher, we would ask that you seek to incorporate learning experiences into your school curricula and projects that focus on Western Port and its various ecosystems. Where possible, look at ways to get practical experience including working with the WPSP on its projects or with Landcare, Coastcare or Friends groups.

For university students and academics we encourage you to put forward suggestions for research projects to your supervisors and faculty heads. The WPSP has a strong interest in research and we would like to hear your ideas and help advocate sound projects also.

Ask your employer and work mates to throw their support behind Western Port

If you work in the region, ask your employer if they would consider making a donation to the WPSP or other groups doing their best to protect Western Port. Encourage businesses to become a partner with WPSP and showcase their efforts to protect Western Port.

Keep and eye on the work practices too!  Be aware that sometimes we forget about where those spills and wastes end up when we clean up our workplaces. It often seems the right thing to clean up by washing things away down the drain – but remember these drians goes straight to our waterways and bay.  The front line defenders of our bay are often people just like you!

Register on our Western Port supporter contact list

By registering your details with the Western Port Seagrass Partnership you will enable us to email you alerts about new activities, meetings, seminars, conferences, volunteer project activities and important issues affecting Western Port and its ecology.

Your details will be kept confidential and not shared with any other organization or used for any other purpose than that outlined above. If you should at some time wish to have your name deleted, all that is required is a simple email to advise us of your decision. Please fill in the details below and submit them when completed.

For a limited time, you will also receive a free copy of the Western Port DVD featuring a documentary hosted by John Clarke and featuring earlier footage from the 1970s and 80s.  Please note, this offer is available to Australian residents only.  International queries and multiple copies can be requested via email to and these education guides can be downloaded and used in conjunction with the DVD:

WPSP DVD - Higher Education Guide
WPSP DVD - Teachers Guide

Optional (required for DVD delivery):
Phone Number:
Event Notifications
Volunteering for Project Activities
Contributing Expertise (list type)

Donations and Bequests to the Western Port Seagrass Public Fund

Tax Deductible Donations:

Cheque or Mail Order:

If you wish to make a tax deductible donation by mail, please make out cheques or money orders to: “Western Port Seagrass Public Fund.

Postal address:
The Management Committee
Western Port Seagrass Public Fund
P.O. Box 2590
Mount Waverley

To enable us to issue a receipt, please enclose the following information with your donation:

- Name of donor (individual or organization)
- Address (where you wish us to send your receipt)

Direct Bank Transfer:

If you wish to make a tax deductable donation by electronic transfer using a bank or web banking, please label your transfer “Western Port Seagrass Public Fund” and send your donation to BSB (013-588) Account No 496250846.

To enable us to issue you with a receipt, please email the following details to after completing your transfer. Alternatively fax the details to (03) 9807 7025.

- Name of donor (individual or organization)
- Address (where you wish us to send your receipt)
- Email address

If you have any queries please contact us at

Western Port Seagrass Partnership is on the Register of Environmental Organisations and gifts of money or property for its principle purposes to its public fund, Western Port Seagrass Public Fund, are tax deductible. Donations of less than $2 are not tax deductible. A donor may state a preference as to how a gift might be used as long as Western Port Seagrass Partnership has an unconditional discretion as to how it might be used for the purposes which entitle it to be on the Register. A testamentary gift or contribution cannot be made to the Western Port Seagrass Public Fund and thereby become tax deductible. Anyone contemplating a bequest in their will for the purposes of Western Port Seagrass Partnership should seek appropriate professional advice and contact the Secretary of the trustee, Western Port Seagrass Partnership Ltd. for any further clarification required.

Receive a free DVD. Register here and receive a free copy of the Western Port DVD. Includes a documentary hosted by John Clarke and earlier footage from the 1970s and 80s. This DVD is the comprehensive Western Port package. Offer available to Australian residents only. International queries and multiple copies can be requested via email to

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Western Port Seagrass Partnership would like to thank ESSO Australia Pty Ltd for its sponsorship of Western Port Cherished and Challenged DVD.

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