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The Bellarine Catchment Network has a committee and dedicated officers. Read more about the team and committee 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. 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  

Lachlan 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 community engagement and creating lasting efforts from on-ground works.

Lachlan’s main role in the organisation is to facilitate on-ground works and to support community groups such as Coastcare, local schools and ‘friends of’ groups with various native rehabilitation projects.

Outside of working hours Lachlan enjoys partaking in wildlife photography, hiking, kayaking and mountain bike riding.

Lachlan Forbes

Biodiversity, Field and Education Officer

Bellarine Catchment Network

865 Swan Bay Rd, Mannerim

Mob:    0422 031 883



Angie PooleAngie

Angie has been appointed to manage the Caring For Our Bays (CFOB) project and Summer by the Sea holiday programs. Her main role is to coordinate the CFOB project working with government, business and non-government organisations to mitigate litter, nutrient and pollution; working towards a healthier Corio Bay / Port Phillip Bay. You will also see Angie partaking in Summer by the Sea, Coastcare, Festivals and School Environment Days across the Geelong and Bellarine region.

Angie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas of aquatic sciences, coastal and catchment management, education and community engagement. She has worked in the field of natural resource management throughout Australia and overseas for the past 20 years. 

Outside of working hours Angie enjoys partaking in landscape design, camping, kayaking and diving.

Angeline Poole

Caring For Our Bays Coordinator

Bellarine Catchment Network

865 Swan Bay Rd, Mannerim

Mob:    0478 777 306



Naomi Wells

naomiNaomi joined the team to support a variety of projects for Bellarine Catchment Network and the Caring For Our Bays program. Her main role is to manage the Point Lonsdale Sand Monitoring program and producing the 3rd Edition of the 'Inland' and 'Coastal' flora booklets. Naomi also provides assistance with the BCN website in addition to the BCN and CFOB social media pages.

Outside of working hours Naomi enjoys snorkelling, sewing, analogue photography and cooking. 

Naomi Wells

Communications and Community Engagement Officer

Bellarine Catchment Network

865 Swan Bay Rd, Mannerim

Mob:    0411 161 705



Sophie Small

sophie small staff profileFacilitator for Bellarine Landcare, Sophie Small, works with private landholders and other    groups and land managers on the Bellarine to conserve and enhance the local biodiversity. She provides advice and support to private landholders on natural resource management issues such as pest plant and animals and revegetation. The Landcare Group co-manage an indigenous plant nursery in partnership with Bellarine Secondary College in Drysdale, which supplies tubestock for landholders. Sophie enjoys the synergy of combining forces with passionate and committed people towards achieving positive outcomes for the environment. Sophie has a BA and a Dip CLM, and has worked in revegetation, bush regeneration and land restoration roles over the past 16 years.

She likes spending her spare anywhere outdoors - particularly in natural bushland which is weed free!

Sophie Small

Bellarine Landcare Facilitator 

Bellarine Landcare Group Inc.

865 Swan Bay Rd, Mannerim

Mob: 0457 333 727




Committee Members

bcn staff and committee

Graeme O'Learypresident, graeme, bcn

Graeme O'Leary is the current President of BCN. Despite being relatively new to the Bellarine, Graeme  is very involved in local groups including being on the committee of the Friends of Edwards Point and a member of both the Friends of Point Richards and Ocean Grove Coastcare. He is passionate about maintaining and growing the on-ground community support for the unique biodiversity of the Bellarine.

Prior to his life on the Bellarine, Graeme has worked with large corporations such as Westpac on their relationship team providing support in managing transactional and credit related products for the Government and health sectors. He has also been involved in staff support networks including those for LGBTI and Allies networks.  




Jane Morrow

jane, vice presidentJane is the current Vice President for the Bellarine Catchment Network. Jane has been a resident of Ocean Grove for almost 10 years and is an active member of various environmental groups on the Bellarine including Ocean Grove Coastcare, the Geelong Field Naturalists Club and participates in projects like Estuary Watch. Her interests include bushland regeneration, gardening with local indigenous plants and birdwatching.

Jane is passionate about connecting people and communities with the natural environment.






Margot Busch

margotMargot is the current Secretary for the Bellarine Catchment Network. She has a background in community services and more recently in road safety education and walk/ride to school programs, home energy & water reduction program for low income households, and housing tenancy work. She currently works part time for a local diversity festival.


Margot is interest in environmental issues and climate change increased following Al Gore’s ‘Inconvenient Truth’. She has connected with a couple of local volunteer environment groups since. She has been a committee member of Ocean Grove Coastcare since 2013 and her favourite outdoor activity is cross country skiing.





Michael Skinner

bioMichael is the current Treasurer for the Bellarine Catchment Network. Michael has been living near the Barwon river estuary for almost seventeen years. With qualifications in Outdoor Education, he has had a long interest and commitment to environmental causes. Michael is an active member of the Geelong Field Naturalists Club and Birdlife Australia and has served on the committees of Friends of the Bluff and Festival of the Sea.

He is a great believer in the importance of and stewardship of our wild habitats. He admits to being a bird “nerd” and supporting citizen science projects.  At various times of the year he can be found monitoring Hooded Plovers on our beaches during the breeding season, surveying for Orange Bellied Parrots on the Bellarine and assisting with the captive release program of the Regent Honeyeater in North East Victoria. He also enjoys the challenge of taking vaguely in focus photographs of our avian wildlife.





Where Are We?


Bellarine Environment Centre
865 Swan Bay Road
Mannerim 3220

PO Box 423
Drysdale 3220