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committee for bellarine

committee for bellarine

the committee for bellarine is an incorporated organisation dedicated to the bellarine by pursuing and encouraging a sustainable approach to growth.



The Committee for Bellarinehas grown into a leadership network that supports and enables sustainable and appropriate growth for existing and future communities – people and community emerging as vital components, adding social and cultural sustainability to the primary agenda.

Clean Green Bellarine,

as a program of work organised by Committee for Bellarine, was formed to simultaneously promote the Bellarine region and encourage specific sustainability projects in the area.

The networks approach is based around four key environmental principles: Water, Waste, Energy, Biodiversity.

People and community emerged as vital components, adding social sustainability to the primary agenda.

Read More:  The Vision

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“A network is nonhierarchical.

It is a web of connections among equals.

What holds it together is not force, obligation, material incentive, or social contract, but rather shared values and the understanding that some tasks can be accomplished together that could never be accomplished separately.

One of the important purposes of a network is simply to remind its members that they are not alone.”

– D.H. Meadows, Beyond the Limits

Committee for Bellarine Membership

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objectives and actions: membership:

Membership Structure: 

There are 4 levels of membership:

1.      Foundation Members
2.      Corporate Members
3.      Associate and Local Government Members
4.      Community Members

Download Membership Application form HERE
1.       Foundation Members
Foundation members 
represent the highest subscription class and will have temporary control of the organization during the establishment phase.
They will be integral to the initial success of the committee and are vital to the quality of leadership, the growth of a strong, dynamic and diverse membership base,  and the development of  sustainable projects of long term value to the community.

                Available to:
Individuals and businesses with an interest in The Bellarine. 
Read More:  Foundation Member Benefits
2.      Corporate Members
Corporate members have the potential to become the largest
membership class and therefore an important membership class.
Corporate members are likely to come from medium size commercial businesses based on The Bellarine and / or with an interest in The Bellarine.

            Available to:
Individuals and businesses with an interest in the Bellarine region
Read More:  Corporate Member Benefits
3.      Associate and Local Government Members
Associate members are buying access to information and networking opportunities, have the right to share their opinions, contribute to
outcomes and be elected to the Board. Outside of the Board, they do
not have voting rights. Associate members are likely to be individuals
with small business located on The Bellarine but need not be.

            Available to:
Generally to individuals and businesses with an interest in The Bellarine.
The Board will seek annual Expressions of Interest. Membership is
restricted to one year terms of membership but may be extended.
Read More:  Associate Member Benefits
4.      Community Members
Community members provide broad based representation and opinion
on the Committee. Limited to 3 positions, the Board will seek annual
Expressions of Interest. Membership is restricted to one year terms of membership but may be extended and the annual subscription is nil.

            Available to:
Not-for-profit organisations associated with The Bellarine.
Expressions of interest will be sought.

Read More:  Community Member Benefits

 Committee for Bellarine 

We thank you for your interest and look forward to an ongoing and fruitful partnership.


Membership Application form here

Recent Ecology News

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Recent Bellarine Australian ecology news

Silent wind

December 20 2011

The Bellarine Peninsula may lose renewable energy options unless laws are changed.

The EcoWhisper light industrial wind turbine.

Potential Bellarine buyers of a new silent wind turbine, touted as the next big thing in green energy generation, will have to wait until changes are made to a new state law.
Geelong engineering company Austeng, which built the prototype, has more at stake, as the company will lose the contract to build 100 turbines a year if the Government doesn’t act.
The law, put in place in August following an election promise to restrict wind farms, covers the Bellarine and Mornington peninsulas, Macedon and McHarg ranges, the Yarra Valley, Bass Coast and Great Ocean Road, and forbids any wind turbine unless permission for its construction is given by all residents who live within two kilometres.
The law as written would effectively result in no turbines being erected, and is widely believed to be an attempt to curb wind farms. EcoWhisper, the owners of the new silent turbine designed for single-use light industrial purposes, has hope the Government will change the wording of the law before it has to pull away from Geelong.
If they did move away it would be bad news, according to Committee for the Bellarine’s Tom O’Connor, who had been working with EcoWhisper to have the silent turbine erected on the peninsula.
He believes the technology would be ideal as it is quiet, environmentally friendly and visually low-impact. He knew of several potential buyers for the turbine, including a winery business.
“Clean energy is consistent with global, national and local thinking,” he said.
Mr O’Connor had lobbied state politicians about the effects of the law’s wordings and had high hopes that the situation would be sorted out, so low-impact wind turbines would be allowed.
EcoWhisper business development manager Michael LeMessurier confirmed there were potential local buyers for the turbine, which is silent because it has no blade tips for wind to rush past. He also confirmed that the company might pull out of Geelong.
“The council and the community and region have been great but the bottom line is we don’t have a market here,” he said.
“(However,) there is some indication that things will be fixed.”
Austeng corporate manager Lyn George said losing the contract would be devastating.
“We will lose the ability to maintain staff and our clean technology expertise.
“The manufacture of EcoWhisper wind turbines is an incredible opportunity both for Australia and Geelong, which will be lost if the legislation cannot be clarified,” she said.
The Bellarine Times contacted the planning ministry for comment but has yet to receive any.

Recent EAC News

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recent news

Oil Futures Continue to Rise
Oil futures have risen to above $100 per barrel. Investors worry about the impact Europe’s debt crisis will have on other economies.
Tue, 29 Nov 2011 12:24:52 PST
Enbridge Makes Large Investment in Morgan Solar
Enbridge was brought on as an investor to help commercialize the company’s concentrating photovoltaic panels, reports CNET News.
Tue, 29 Nov 2011 12:22:21 PST
Anadarko Makes Largest Oil Discovery Ever
Oil discovery is said to be one of the most important natural gas finds made in 10 years.
Tue, 29 Nov 2011 10:37:42 PST
Farmland Prices: Safety Zone or Another Bubble?
Farmland prices are continuing their upward trend this year and could offer a safe haven as international demand grows.
Tue, 29 Nov 2011 10:07:35 PST
Why Should I Invest?
From homeownership and a four-year college education to a nine-to-five job and an individual retirement account, in many cases what they were “supposed” to do turned out to be the wrong thing to do.
Tue, 29 Nov 2011 08:56:54 PST
Oil Rises on Positive Sales, Syrian Sanctions
Oil prices are up after Thanksgiving shopping jumped this weekend. But sanctions on Syria have caused supply problems.
Mon, 28 Nov 2011 09:37:33 PST
Alternative Energy Warnings
Editor Jeff Siegel provides a rational look at our energy future.
Mon, 28 Nov 2011 08:34:47 PST
Energy Stocks Remain Cheap
Energy stocks remain cheap. They’ve actually been cheap for the past four years.
Sat, 26 Nov 2011 08:05:10 PST
The Pipeline on Rails
Energy and Capital editor Keith Kohl explains why the latest pipeline delay won’t stop the rush of Bakken profits.
Fri, 25 Nov 2011 07:53:21 PST
The Saudi Oil Confession
The Saudis are quickly losing control over the world’s oil production. A shift to unconventional sources is taking place… and our future oil supply will be coming from a place much closer to home in the years to come.
Wed, 23 Nov 2011 07:39:17 PST


Read More:  The Vision

CfB EVENTS Calendar

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The Committee for Bellarine is an organisation dedicated to The Bellarine by pursuing and encouraging a sustainable approach to growth.  

Please see our current planned events and schedule for meetings below. If your browser does not display the calendar please go to the Forum Calendar Page here:

Committee for Bellarine Objectives

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objectives and actions:

All Objectives:

The short-term focus of the Committee for Bellarine will be to:

  • Establish an executive and build a strong diverse membership base.
  • Define key projects to focus initial energies.
  • Establish taskforces using our diverse membership base.
  • Establish a positive community relationship.
  • Improve community attitudes to economic innovation and dynamism.  
  • Secure funding for its operation as a not-for-profit organisation.


The mid-term focus of the Committee for Bellarine will be to:

?      Secure funding for its operation as a not-for-profit organisation.

  • Establish an executive and build a strong diverse membership base.
  • Define key projects to focus initial energies.
  • Establish taskforces using our diverse membership base.
  • Establish a positive community relationship.
  • Improve community attitudes to economic innovation and dynamism.


The long-term focus of the Committee for Bellarine will be to:

  • Establish and build a strong community presence.
  • Establish taskforces using our diverse membership base.
  • Establish a positive community relationship.
  • Improve community attitudes to economic innovation and dynamism.  
  • Continue funding its operation as a not-for-profit organisation.

Committee for Bellarine Benefits

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Strategic Benefits:

Strategic Benefits for the Bellarine Region

Historically, The Bellarine Peninsula has a past steeped in farming, land management, aquaculture, equine industry, recreation and tourism. The region is literally a ‘greenfield’ for sustainable development – not yet overdeveloped, overpopulated or destroyed by overuse and is a perfect environment of mixed-use inland areas with both bayside and ocean coastlines.
It is currently populated by a diverse mix of potentially responsive people, many well-educated and professional ‘seachangers’ and retired, community-minded folk; sufficient numbers of industry captains and tertiary students; and countless SMEs and cottage businesses.

Its cluster of townships provides a population/catchment that will support initiatives not viable for one township working in isolation, close enough to Melbourne for two way commuting, and coupled with the marketing and promotion of ideas and events.

 committee for bellarine

is a program of the Committee for Bellarine.

The CGB logo reflects this with the interdependency of the four components represented in the leaves, the people and community as the stem.


The CGB website has been integrated into this CfB website which will be updated with information on local and global ecological issues, the best place to keep up to date and also have your say, is our groupsite FORUM here.

You can register to write and post your opinions in the FORUM simply and quickly.
If you a hesitant to do so, you can always read the content freely without logging in. When you become familiar with the topics and issues you can then register to answer the Forum posts that you want to reply to. Your participation is totally up to you, but we would like to hear from everyone in the local Bellarine community.

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Committee for Bellarine Vision

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The Vision:

Developing the vision for Committee for Bellarine
looking at the group of people interested in the network.

The following became clear –

*We are community based, ie. made up of locals with diverse skills and interests

*We recognize that growth on The Bellarine is inevitable.

*We want to protect our own investments in real estate, lifestyle, businesses and relationships.

*We know that a sustainable future includes fostering business and the creation of employment within The Bellarine.

*We care about the environment and the people of the region.

*We need to be non-partisan and relentlessly positive.

*We have strengths that include a broad range of specific skills, experience and knowledge; an extensive range and quality of contacts; access to funds and funding sources; time and energy;
and innovative thinking and openness to BIG IDEAS!


So, the vision is:

To identify, facilitate and promote specific sustainability activities on the Bellarine relating to water, waste, energy and biodiversity.

Identify = we take ideas and create real projects.
Facilitate = we connect the appropriate people, find practical solutions and define next steps.
Promote = we communicate openly, responsibly and effectively within our network, our partners, the community, and the media.
The proposed values are:

 Inclusive | Positive | Clever

Committee for Bellarine Contact us

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if your questions need answers:

Contact Committee for Bellarine: 

Tom O’Connor,  Chief Executive Officer, 
Phone: 04 5221 2230
Skype: bellarine55
Mobile: 0458 293 695
Find us on Google Maps by clicking address below:

Suite 8 Level 1, Gallop House, 15 Hancock St. Drysdale, Victoria 3222

 Committee for Bellarine

Statement of Purpose of Association.
The Committee for Bellarine will act as a catalyst by researching, validating, building community support, and initiating, longer-term projects.

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Committee for Bellarine Purpose

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Statement of Purpose:

The Committee for Bellarine will act as a catalyst by researching, validating, building community support, and initiating, longer-term projects.
These will materially improve the quality of life for all citizens of the Bellarine in harmony with the many community groups and institutions also working in the interests of the Bellarine community by –
Stimulating innovation and leadership
Building a community-wide understanding of the evolving national and international landscape together with a community consensus of the steps required to benefit from these evolutionary changes.
Pursuing policies to improve community prosperity. 
This will require stimulating employment and economic opportunities by promoting the strengths of the region’s diverse infrastructure, human resources and potential for growth. This recognizes the need to drive innovation and dynamism throughout The Bellarine business community.
Creating employment opportunities. 
Advocating an environment of awareness among residents, ratepayers, business owners, local / State/ Federal governments of the need for support for the creation of an alternative base for employment opportunities.
Improving sustainability education and knowledge management.

Promoting the concept of managing for environmental sustainability whilst maintaining a balance with a healthy economy aligned with a strong sense of social well-being and the natural environment.
Promoting The Bellarine 
Promoting The Bellarine as an attractive location for cultural, recreational, and tourism pursuits the recognizes the outstanding geographic, historical, social and rural features of the region.
Encouraging youth participation. 
Advocating for the social, cultural, environmental and economic infrastructure necessary to provide the opportunity to fulfill their potential within specific areas of education, health, transport, communications, culture, housing, and related human services.

Read More:  The Vision