Keeping Western Port special

In 2002, the United Nations proclaimed the Western Port region in Victoria, Australia, a UNESCO biosphere reserve.

Western Port was chosen because it has outstanding natural values, including a Ramsar wetland of international importance, on the fringe of the expanding city of Melbourne.

Biosphere reserves aim to keep special places—like Western Port—special by fostering conservation and sustainable development. More

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Western Port Biosphere AGM 2014

Date                      Wednesday November 12th, 2014.

Time                      5.30pm registration for a 6pm start (light supper provided).

Location               Balla Balla Centre, 65 Berwick-Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne.

RSVP                     by November 6th to or 59 792 167 (please advise dietary requirements).


  • Rob Gell (outgoing Chair) 
  • Duncan Malcom (incoming Chair) 
  • Chris Chambers (Western Port Biosphere Growing Connections Project)

Download 2014 Western Port Biosphere AGM Papers

Download 2014 Western Port Biosphere Annual Report

Inaurgural Biosphere Lifesearch, 18-26 October 2014

Dob in a den – Report active fox dens here

Growing Connections project biodiversity planning – Results of May 2013 community workshop

Biosphere – the next 10 years: our governance review – responses to online survey due 15 July 2013

Position statement: Proposed Port of Hastings development

Minutes of May & July 2013 board meetings

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Who we are

The non-profit Biosphere Foundation works with the community to create a better future for the Western Port Biosphere Reserve—environmentally, socially and economically.

We do this through research, education, community engagement, partnerships and on-ground conservation efforts.

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