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The Bellarine Catchment Network has a committee and three dedicated officers. Read more about Matt, Lachie, Sophie, Steve and  John below.

Staff Members

Matt Crawley

Matt CrawleyMatt  is a resident of the Bellarine and has worked in community engagement and environment projects in the Mallee, North Central and Geelong region for the past 20 years.   For the past 10 years matt has worked with the Bellarine Catchment Network as Landcare and Coastcare Coordinator and then Program Manager.  Matt has a strong interest in the Flora and Fauna of the Bellarine and assisting local community groups to deliver projects that help to protect and enhance these values. 

Matt has seen the BCN continue to support the Bellarine's environmental groups and organisations. Develop this time he continues to support existing groups as well as devleoping new environmental groups.

During out of hours Matt enjoys working on Arts projects, surfing and going on long hikes. 

Title: Program Manager
Phone: 0417 231 853  

Jane Shearer


Title: Caring for our Bays Coordinator
Phone: 0411 161 705


Lachie Forbeslachie forbes, lachlan forbes

Lachlan joins the BCN team as a biodiversity, field and education officer, with a strong working knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Bellarine Peninsula including experience of native vegetation rehabilitation. As a resident of the northern side of the peninsula, Lachlan is keen in local

Craig’s main role will be to provide on-ground and logistic support to community groups with various habitat restoration projects, share his knowledge and experiences in coastal and catchment management with local school students through a range of engaging outdoor activities and provide support to his colleagues in other BCN projects. 

Craig relishes the thought of working alongside his new colleagues, local community groups and BCN partners as well as making a meaningful and lasting contribution to environmental improvement on the Bellarine Peninsula.



Committee Members


Steve Boothroydsteve boothroyd, bellarine catchment network president

Steve is the current BCN president and has been on the executive for the past 8 years. A long term resident of Portarlington, Steve is the Convenor of the Friends of Point Richards.

Steve Brings a wealth of knowledge to the BCN and Executive Committee. His passion and commitment to the Bellarine and the biodiversity values are well known. He often attends many group and organisation events and is a regular at planting, field and education days.






John Fyfejohn fyfe, bellarine catchment network, secretary BCN


John is the current Secretary of the BCN. A farmer in the St. Leonards area, John is a member of Friends of Edwards Point and a previous President of the Bellarine Landcare Group and Bellarine Catchment Network. John is a well known and respected member of the community and has spent many years supporting numerous community groups on the Bellarine. HIs knowledge of pest plants and animals is valued by all and he is often sought for advice in this and other areas.


Where Are We?


Bellarine Environment Centre
865 Swan Bay Road
Mannerim 3220

PO Box 423
Drysdale 3220