Since 2003, the non-profit Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Reserve Foundation Ltd - known as the Biosphere Foundation for short has worked with the community and UNESCO to create a sustainable future for Western Port - environmentally, socially and economically. We do this through research, education, community engagement, partnerships and on-ground conservation efforts. The Foundation has tax-deductibility status as an environmental organisation.
The Foundation’s board is led by independent chair Duncan Malcolm and includes representatives from the broad community, Victorian Minister for the Environment, Parks Victoria, and five local governments.
The board seeks advice from a research committee with strong links to scientific and educational institutions and eminent experts in fields relevant to the environment and sustainable development.
The Biosphere Foundation's executive officer, project officers and communications team are based at its office in Hastings. The foundation also hosts the secretariat of the Western Port Catchment Committee - a community/agency liaison group with an interest in the sustainability of the region—at its Hastings office.
The Biosphere Foundation is funded by donations and contributions from the five local governments of the Biosphere - Cities of Casey and Frankston and Shires of Bass Coast, Cardinia and Mornington Peninsula . It also receives grant funding for projects from a number of sources, including the State Government, Federal Government, Melbourne Water, Parks Victoria and Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority and philanthropics.