About Us

About the Social Health & Inclusion Port (SHIP) Project

The SHIP Project is a partnership between residents of Port Melbourne and local agencies. The aim of SHIP is to promote and support a connected, healthy and inclusive Port Melbourne.

SHIP does this by supporting residents to turn their ideas into activities and projects, letting people know about opportunities to participate and connect, and building connections between residents and agencies so that resources and skills can be shared and used for the benefit of the whole community.

What we do:

Incubator for new projects

We support residents to turn ideas into activities that are fun, social, innovative, inclusive and creative. We provide: mentoring, resources and assistance with promotion of projects. Activities we have supported include: Port Melbourne Icebergs, the Annual Lagoon Reserve Neighbourhood Planting Day and Rochelle’s Mystery Ride. If you have an idea, go to our ‘New Ideas’ page to find out how we can support you.


We promote opportunities for people to participate and connect through our website, Facebook, newsletter, flyers and our Blog. We can assist in the promotion of local activities and events which support our values. We post local stories about connections to people and places on our PORTogether Blog. Join our mailing list to keep up-to-date with local events and activities in Port Melbourne.

Connecting and linking

We help residents get linked in to opportunities and activities, or to people and agencies with skills and resources that can support them. We support local residents to share their skills with others in the community through local projects. For example, Creatures of the Bay Art Project has connected schools and local community groups, such as Beach Patrol, together to raise awareness about the effects of plastic pollution to the local community.