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 Contact Us

  For general inquiries, please email us at

  Bellarine Environment Centre
  865 Swan Bay Road
  Mannerim, Victoria, 3222

  PO Box 431
  Drysdale, Victoria, 3222

Staff Members

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Matt Crawley | Program Manager

Matt 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 developing new environmental groups.

Outside of working hours, Matt enjoys working on arts projects, surfing and going on long hikes. 

Mob: 0417 231 853 Email:

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Lachlan Forbes | Biodiversity Programs Leader

Lachlan joins the BCN team 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 interested 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 BSc (Biology) Mob: 0422 031 883 Email:

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Rebecca St Ledger | Coastal Program, Sustainability & Waste Coordinator

Rebecca joined the team as the Environmental Projects Facilitator to deliver the Ramsar Wetlands Education Program, Caring for our Bays PPB Fund (CFOB), Summer by the Sea holiday programs and School Environmental days. Rebecca has an extensive volunteering background across a diverse range of environmental, conservation and sporting projects. She has created and run her own volunteering group for scuba divers in PPB, worked in Zoos and been a research assistant for university laboratories. Rebecca enjoys restoring habitats to their original equilibrium and creating lasting positive environmental change. 

Outside of working hours Rebecca enjoys gardening, diving, yoga, day trips to her favourite parts of Victoria and spending time with her partner and menagerie of fur babies!

Rebecca St Ledger BSc (Zoology) Mob: 0423 140 665 Email:

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Naomi Wells | Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator

Naomi joined the team to support a variety of projects for Bellarine Catchment Network including management of all communications; from social media, website and print media. She also manages multiple projects including the Point Lonsdale Sand Monitoring Program. Naomi has worked at various places building up her enviornmental knowledge including penguin research at Phillip Island, digital training with Be Collective and coordinating the Festival of the Sea in Barwon Heads. Naomi enjoys connecting people to the beauty and wonder of nature.

Outside of working hours Naomi enjoys snorkeling, yoga, digital illustration and analogue photography.

Naomi Wells BSc (Hons) Mob: 0411 161 705 Email:

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Sophie Small | Bellarine Landcare Facilitator

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! 

Mob: 0457 333 727 Email: