PECAN aims to create and sustain a strong climate action movement in Port Phillip to address the climate crisis.

Port Phillip’s bayside location makes it especially prone to the impacts of this climate emergency. Its citizens are also amongst Australia’s most progressive when it comes to recognising the climate crisis and issues of environmental sustainability.

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Macnamara Candidates Climate Forum

Hear from your local Federal Macnamara candidates and ask your climate change and energy questions.

The Q&A forum is hosted by PECAN in association with other local climate groups.

Guest Speaker. Prof. Kathryn Bowen, Melbourne University. Lead author IPCC.

The candidates:

  • Josh Burns (ALP)
  • Colleen Harkin (LIB) Declined
  • Steph Hodgins-May (GRN)

Forum Details:

  • Tue 26th Apr 2022, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm AEST
  • St Kilda Town Hall 99A Carlisle St, St Kilda VIC 3182, Australia
  • COVID-Safe event. Vaccination certificate check


Vote Gas Out: Renewables are our future

As the federal election campaign is upon us, the webinar aims to inspire and assist us to challenge the Governments’ gas expansion schemes in our local federal election campaigns.

Details: Online webinar Tuesday 5 April, 7pm – 8:30pm


  • Freja Leonard, Lock the Gate
  • Saul Griffith, author of ‘The Big Switch’
  • Bruce Robertson, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

This action webinar will remind us, that Governments’ policies for massive gas expansion across Australia will be devastating for climate and environment. It will also bring to our attention that a renewable path is not only possible but of great benefit to us all. Most of all, as the federal election campaign is upon us, the webinar aims to inspire and assist us in our local federal election campaigns to challenge policies promoting gas expansion.


A Community Battery for Port Phillip?

PECAN is actively working with the Metro Community Power Hub (MCPH) to look into establishing a community battery in Port Phillip. PECAN conducted a  webinar in 2021 which identified significant community support for a community battery locally. A community battery (also known as a neighborhood battery) is a locally-based shared battery. A community battery allows households that can’t install solar – like apartment owners and renters – to draw from the stored renewable energy from local solar panels. Read more here.

We partnered with the MCPH to host an online information session on community batteries for residents and businesses in the Port Phillip area on 17 March at 6pm. This Q&A session can be viewed here.

PECAN encourages the City of Port Phillip to take strong immediate action to tackle the climate emergency. Our plan sets out actions necessary to mitigate our local impact on the environment, and to transition the City of Port Phillip to be an exemplar of  local government and community climate emergency action.


PECAN is partnering with the Metro Community Power Hub to showcase the role of community batteries in transitioning the grid to one that supports a zero carbon future. PECAN sees lots of potential benefits arising out of its membership of the Metro Community Power Hub. Find out lots more about Power Hubs and tips on how to switch from gas to electricity.
Work is currently being undertaken with the Metro Community Power Hub to conduct a feasibility study to look at installing a community battery in Port Phillip.



February 2022
Nature Strip Guidelines: PECAN submission to the City of Port Phillip’s draft Nature Strip Guidelines.

August 2021
Victoria’s Gas Substitution Roadmap‘ – PECAN submission to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning on the future of gas in Victoria.

August 2021
Towards 2050: Gas Infrastructure in a Zero Emissions Economy‘ – PECAN submission to Infrastructure Victoria on the future of gas in Victoria.