Marine Education Science and Community Centre Inc. (MESAC) is an internationally renowned, multi-disciplinarian marine science education facility 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 Custodians of the land and waters around Ricketts Point. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging, and we pledge to care for and protect the delicate and diverse life inhabiting this sacred place.

MESAC is planning and developing a multi-user facility to foster International marine science using state of the art technology, wet labs, meeting places and lecture theatres.

In addition, MESAC encourages sailing, diving, wind surfing, snorkelling and associated passive community water sports, in an appreciation and care for the naturalness and purity of marine ecosystems.

The new facility will be located at the existing site of the Beaumaris Yacht Club (BYC) overlooking the glorious Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary; a highly visited location on Port Phillip Bay.

MESAC provides opportunities for the general public, universities, 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.

To raise awareness for this project, 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 courses, Seaweed pressing courses, Marine Science Seminar Days, Disabled Diving & Sailing events, Fossil Events, Winter and Summer Solstice Walks, and National Science Week Community events with Beaumaris Secondary College. See page

A pictorial overview follows

Beaumaris Yacht Club as it is today

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.


Labs for marine science students to perform in situ research.
Combined lab and classroom.