Current Groups & Organisations
The Bellarine Catchment Network (BCN) comprises representatives from key catchment and coastal organisations (both government and non-government) with a community environment focus, as well as two project coordinators. A designated representative from each of the organisations is appointed by the individual organisations to the BCN.
Our current network comprises of:
- Bellarine Catchment Network are a non-government, incorporated body who manage 30 groups and organisations around Geelong and the Bellarine. View our information poster.
Barwon Coast Committee of Management is appointed by the Victorian State Government to manage 13km of coastal Crown land, being the barrier sand dune system between beach accesses 7W Collendina and 42W at the west end 13th Beach along the Bass Strait coast of the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria abutting the townships of Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove.
- Barwon Estuary Project aims to increase our community’s knowledge and appreciation of the biodiversity and fragility of our local treasure, enabling us to all care for it more effectively. The project team is calling for participants to record their Estuary observations online or in a customized diary, attend workshops, guided walks and expert talks, and have an opportunity to contribute to a creative community publication.
Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management is the appointed Committee of Management formed by the Victorian Government in 1997 to manage foreshore Crown land reserves on the northern Bellarine Peninsula from Point Richards in Portarlington to Edwards Point in St Leonards.
- The Bellarine Landcare Group (BLG) aims to preserve, protect and enhance the natural environment of the Bellarine Peninsula. They are part of the Victorian volunteer Landcare movement - a joint effort between volunteers, the community, government and businesses.
- Bellarine Peninsula Orange-bellied Parrot Regional Group are a group passionate about protecting the threatened species, the Orange-bellied Parrot.
- The Borough of Queenscliffe The Borough of Queenscliffe is the smallest local government area in Victoria, covering only 10.83 square kilometres. It is formed by the seaside villages of Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale as well as Swan Bay.
- The City of Greater Geelong is the local government authority from Little River, Anakie, Ceres, Breamlea and Pt Lonsdale, providing environmental and conservation management to public land and reserves. The City of Greter Geelong supports local community environment groups to undertake environmental protection, enhancement and restoration works.
- Clifton Springs Curlewis Coastcare Group was officially formed in December 2019. This newly established group want to focus on marine values by addressing litter, community involvment, flora and fauna protection. For further details contact Matt at email@example.com
- Coastcare Victoria proudly supports hundreds of community volunteer groups working to protect and enhance Victoria's 2000 kilometres of coastline. They support our local community through annual Coastcare Community Grants and facilitate the Summer by the Sea program every January.
- Conservation Volunteers Australia has partnered with individuals, businesses and governments in the conservation of our unique environment since 1982. In that time we have welcomed hundreds of thousands of volunteers from around Australia and across the world and supported their participation in a diversity of important projects to protect and enhance our environment. They believe in a healthy and sustainable environment, and for everyone to be involved in managing and protecting that environment.
Drysdale / Clifton Springs Community Association (DCSCA), members live, work or study in Drysdale, Clifton Springs. They aim to improve local people’s well-being and our natural, social and built environments. They meet regularly to discuss changes to the community; they work with other groups, so local people can shape the area’s future and they represent locals' views to outside organisations.
- Festival of the Sea is an incorporated group that was formed in 1999. The group is managed by a volunteer committee and assisted by a paid coordinator each year. The festival is held during March each year and aims to highlight and celebrate the diversity and beauty of the sea that resides adjacent to Barwon Heads.
- The Friends of Begola Wetlands is a community group that aims to protect and enhance the environmental values of Begola Wetlands.
- The Friends of the Bellarine Rail Trail are an incorporated environment group formed in April 2002. All members are voluntary and there are no paid staff. The group is committed to the indigenous revegetation of the 16 kilometre section of the Bellarine Rail Trail, between South Geelong and Drysdale Railway Stations. We work in close collaboration with the trail managers, the City of Greater Geelong (CoGG).
- Friends of Buckley Park is a community group that works in the Coastal Reserve between Ocean Grove and Point Lonsdale. Projects include education and awareness of local community, weed control and revegetation projects.
- The Friends of Edwards Point aim to protect the last remaining stand of coastal woodland on the Bellarine Peninsula. From coastal woodlands to a magnificent coastline, the reserve is home to a vast array of indigenous plants and animals.
- The Friends of Hooded Plover Bellarine, is a group of volunteers works in partnership with Birdlife Australia throughout the year to raise awareness and protection for this threatened bird.
- The Friends of Ocean Grove Nature Reserve are a group of volunteers providing support and advocacy for this rectangular, 1.43 km2 nature reserve next to the town of Ocean Grove and 25 km south-east of the city of Geelong. It contains the only significant remnant native woodland on the Bellarine Peninsula as it was prior to European settlement and the extensive land clearing that ensued.
The Friends of Point Richards are based in a Coastal reserve in Portarlington. The most extensive stand of coastal vegetation occurs in the this Reserve and the Friends have regular working Bee's to revegetate and weed in the area. They also work on seating and tables and interpretive signage along with flora and fauna walks.
- The Friends of Yellow Gums Ocean Grove group is currently in development. To view the Draft Model Rules see link Model Rules Friends of Yellow Gums - Draft
Supported by the City of Greater Geelong and Bellarine Catchment Network, the Yellow Gums and Ocean Grove Community is forming the new ‘Friends of Yellow Gums’ community group. More information is provided through their Facebook page. Events include flora and fauna walks, revegetation days and private land conservation education and advice.
- Geelong Environment Council was formed in 1972 to assist in the protection of the environment in and around Geelong. GEC is one of Australia's earliest established, continuously running, independently incorporated community-based environmental organisations. They have been involved in founding the "Save the Otway’s" campaign in the early 1970's and were pivotal in lobbying for the creation of the Great Otway National Park along the Great Ocean Road immediately to the west of Geelong.
Geelong Field Naturalists Club is for anyone interested in wildlife, plants, or conservation in the Geelong region. The club holds monthly meetings and excursions. Most meetings have presentations from specialists in various aspects of natural history and conservation. Special interest groups for Birds and Plants hold separate meetings. The Fauna group undertakes regular wildlife surveys.
- Geelong Sustainability are a are a dynamic and passionate community group focused on sharing information, building community resilience, advocating for the environment and supporting effective action. Their mission is to inform, inspire and connect communities to create a sustainable future and to protect our natural environment.
- Greening Australia started conserving and restoring Australia's landscapes in 1982 and haven’t stopped since. With teams in 30 locations around the country and over 150 staff theyre a proudly independent not-for-profit organisation. The team uses the latest science to guide what’s best for our landscapes and the people and wildlife that live in them.
- Ocean Grove Coastcare Group volunteers have a passion for protecting our coastline. They work closely with land managers and the community to address environmental problems, organise community education days, social events such as movie nights and working bees.
- Parks Victoria are a statutory authority created by the Parks Victoria Act 1998 and reporting to the Minister. They are responsible for managing an expanding and diverse estate covering more than 4 million hectares, or about 17 per cent, of Victoria.
- The SpringDale Neighbourhood Centre joined the network in November 2019. They are a community based and a not for profit organisation located in Drysdale. SpringDale provides a community focus and meets local needs.
- The Swan Bay Environment Association is a group of volunteers who recognise the importance of Swan Bay as a wetland of national and international importance and is actively working to ensure the area remains in a natural and unspoilt state.