environmentresourceLocated at the Altona Library, the EnviroCentre brings together and showcases the City’s environmental initiatives to maximise community awareness of environmental issues.

The EnviroCentre is a ‘central hub’ for anyone keen to explore the environmental issues facing Hobsons Bay, as well as national and global trends.

Enviro Collection
Recycling Programs and Events
Energy Efficiency
Get Involved


The EnviroCentre is home to a range of field guides, conservation manuals, books with local bike and walking trails, and books relating to local environment issues and groups.

Click here to explore the whole EnviroCentre collection


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Envirocentre equipment

Whether you want to check out the minibeasts in your backyard with our nature viewers and binoculars, seal your home in time for winter with our draught finders and thermal camera, or lower your power bills with our popular PowerMates - the EnviroCentre has a range of borrowable equipment to suit your needs. Click here for more information. 

Environment websites

Looking for information? Try our list of recommended environment websites.

showerheadThe EnviroCentre is home to a number of recycling initiatives to help make the planet greener.

  • Shower Head exchange program
  • Mobile phone recycling program
  • Printer cartridge recycling
  • Paper recycling program
  • Household batteries

  • The EnviroCentre is home to a variety of taxidermied fauna on display, and community members and groups are welcome to display environmental initiatives or interests in one of our EnviroCentre cases.

Workshops and programs are listed in our calendar of events, and you can also catch up with events across Hobsons Bay and sustainability tips with Living Green, Ranger Ramblings and My Smart Garden.

Our newer libraries are designed and constructed according to sustainable design principles to keep energy consumption to a minimum while the Altona Library has benefited from a range of initiatives to improve energy efficiency in recent years as shown below:

Altona Library Emissions

Hobsons Bay City Council is commited to supporting environmental groups within the city. If you are passionate about environmental sustainability and would like to promote your group please let us know.

Transition Hobsons Bay

Transition Hobsons Bay are a community group that is working to inspire a strong and healthy future for our neighbourhoods in the face of climate change and the end of cheap oil.  Among their many projects and activities, they run regular fruit and veggie swaps in Altona, Newport and Williamstown.

Newport Organic Co-Op (NOC)

NOC supplies members with a weekly box of organic produce with the option to also get organic breads and free range eggs. NOC is involved in community initiatives which promote a healthier lifestyle and environment eg courses on Wholefoods, free movie nights, local food swaps, solar options and community festivals.

My Smart Garden

My Smart Garden is a joint council initiative (Hobsons Bay, Moonee Valley and Maribyrnong) that provides free sessions that will help you grow food, shelter your home from the sun and wind, create homes for local wildlife, use water wisely and recycle wastes.

    Environmental Friends' Groups

    Join a local friends group to help establish or maintain significant environmental areas and to raise profiles of local environmental areas to the wider community.