The Bellarine Community Council (BCC) was formed in 2017 as a response to the need for a unified voice for those who live, work and play on The Bellarine.
Through the City of Greater Geelong's Our Future process, it was evident that a stronger approach to strategic planning and community engagement was required for issues spanning The Bellarine over the long term. The BCC is keen to support all those have a stake in The Bellarine's future, to actively shape how they want it to look in 20 or more years time.
The BCC is a collective of community associations, individuals and businesses who have a vested interest in a Bellarine that is healthy, creative, balanced, prosperous, supportive and sustainable. We provide a vehicle through regular meetings, newsletters and events for groups and individuals to have their say on local and broader issues and concerns, and represent these views to governing bodies at all levels.
The BCC key activities are to Advocate, Engage, Plan and Enhance. We are dependent on our members to implement these goals. For a full overview of our intentions, see our 2017-2018 Strategic Plan.
The BCC key objective is to encourage and facilitate a more integrated and coordinated approach in working with community, government organisations, and individuals to add value to the community's capacity - socially, culturally, environmentally and financially across The Bellarine.
This is your opportunity to make a difference. We are committed to engaging and empowering individuals and community organisations to unite and provide a transparent process for The Bellarine. If that sounds like something you would like to do, there are a few options to get involved...
Resident of Central Bellarine who brings extensive skills and experience in leadership and strategy development. Originally a commercial lawyer and now an advisor to organisations and individuals across Australia. Former Director of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Resident of Drysdale and a tireless campaigner for the interests of The Bellarine. Former councillor of CoGG and advocate for ensuring the security of food, water, energy and biodiversity of The Bellarine.
Resident of Portarlington who is passionate about good governance for community associations and enhancing community engagement. Specialist Community Economic Developer with extensive experience on regional boards.
Resident of Drysdale and an enthusiast for The Bellarine and bringing like-minded people together. Former President of Drysdale PS P&F (5 yrs).
Resident of Point Lonsdale and a committed advocate for marine and coastal environments. Since 2005, Patrick has had a leading role on the Executive Council of the Australian Society for Fish Biology and was the President from 2007 to 2009.
Resident of Leopold who is passionate about giving Bellarine residents a voice.