About MESAC

Marine Education Science and Community Centre Inc. (MESAC) is located at Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary, which is highly valued for its interesting indigenous history, geology, archaeology, and diverse marine and terrestrial ecosystems.

MESAC acknowledges the Boon Wurrung people as the Traditional Owners and custodians of the land and waters around Ricketts Point. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

MESAC has an international scientific focus and is developing a multi-user facility to foster marine science, snorkelling, diving, sailing, wind surfing, and associated community interests, and an appreciation for the naturalness and purity of marine ecosystems. It will be located at the existing site of the Beaumaris Yacht Club (BYC) overlooking the glorious Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary. The Centre is establishing an integrated water sports centre on foreshore land at a highly visited location on Port Phillip Bay.

MESAC provides opportunities for the general public, Victorian Schools and beyond, to engage in activities that raise awareness of marine environmental issues and make informed discussions about how we treat our oceans, estuaries and beaches…..and how we can do so much better.

We have planned a series of inclusive, diverse, awareness raising activities and workshops, both on the land and in the water for the community, offering something for everyone!

Some of the activities include; Marine Art Shows, Marine Photography courses, Activity Leaders’ Certificates, Seaweed pressing courses, Marine Science Seminar Days, Disabled Diving & Sailing events, Fossil Events, Winter and Summer Solstice Walks, and National Science Week Community event with Beaumaris Secondary College.

A pictorial overview follows

Beaumaris Yacht Club as it is today

Current southern beach view of Beaumaris Yacht Club

 

 

Eastern car park view of the Beaumaris Yacht Club.

 

An aspirational view of what MESAC might be

Work shops and class rooms for students. Researchers and lecturers invited will be top ranking from around Australia and the world.

International class lecture theatres complete with state of the art audio visual equipment that can live stream interviews from top ranking researchers and experts from Australia and Worldwide. 

Labs for marine science students to perform in situ research.

Combined lab and classroom.