Monthly Archives: February 2012

Committee for Bellarine Membership – Community

Community Members


Community members:

 provide broad based representation and opinion on the Committee.
Limited in 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.

Committee for Bellarine

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

Membership Application form here

Committee for Bellarine Membership – Corporate

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

Committee for Bellarine

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

Membership Application form here  

Committee for Bellarine Membership – Foundation

Foundation Members – Sorry,

NOT Available at this time.

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

Committee for Bellarine

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

Membership Application form here

2012 Bellarine Wreck2Reef Open Water Swim 10th March

Bellarine 2012 Wreck2Reef Open Water Swim 10th March

2012 Wreck2Reef Swim Classic –

REGISTER Here – Direct Link

THE annual Wreck 2 Reef open water swim will be held on the north Bellarine on Saturday March 10th 2012.

The event is staged by the Indented Head Yacht Club in conjunction with Point Lonsdale Surf Lifesaving Club, and the Committee for Bellarine and many sponsors and contributors who have ensured the success of this classic event.
Wreck 2Reef Open Water Swim Classic

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Government funding sought to future proof the Bellarine


Bellarine 2050 vision


February 14 2012 – Bellarine Times

Government funding sought to future proof the Bellarine.

Committee for Bellarine is seeking government funding to carry out an economic development strategy designed to future proof the region.

The strategy is the next step in the committee’s “Bellarine 2050: Our Place Our Future” initiative. The funding, which would be sought from the State Government’s Department of Planning and Community Development, would be spent on implementing the Future Proofing Geelong program and supporting and directing both public and private investment.

Committee spokesman Tom O’Connor said the committee had sought help from consultants in creating a funding proposal. However, support from the City of Greater Geelong (CoGG), as well as Greater Geelong planning group G21, was important to the success of the strategy.
The economic development strategy proposal was created after a community workshop held last year, in which locals expressed their concerns about how growth might change the Bellarine and what aspects of the region needed to be protected from expected future development.
By 2050, up to 80,000 people are predicted to be living on the Bellarine Peninsula, which is still largely rural.
The proposal put to the government will include the development of a plan to direct public and private investment on the Bellarine for a post-carbon economy, which would incorporate future proofing guidelines.
The strategy would also create ways to provide the community with a voice to express their vision for the Bellarine in 2050, as well as identifying opportunities and locations for investment in local “green” projects. Green projects are defined as those which promote food, water and energy security.
The strategy would reference and provide input into other plans and strategies underway in the region, including the CoGG’s Bellarine Peninsula Strategic Plan 2006-2013 and plans being created by the government and G21.
It was also possible the strategy could be utilised in updating the council’s strategic plan from 2006-2016 to a 2012-2050 document.
Underpinning the strategy would be the Future Proofing Geelong principals.
Future Proofing Geelong is a partnership program between the CoGG, the Environment Protection Agency Victoria, Barwon Water, Deakin University, Committee for Geelong, Geelong Manufacturing Council and the Geelong Chamber of Commerce.
It works on the principle of using a collaborative approach to finding innovative ways to adapt to challenges like climate change and economic adjustment.
Mr O’Connor said the next step was to seek the CoGG and G21 support, with the application being put to the government after that.

Mitsubishi i-MIEV tops America’s greenest car ranking

Mitsubishi i-MIEV tops America’s greenest car ranking


For the past eight years, the Honda Civic Natural Gas has dominated the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) list of America’s greenest cars.

But in 2012, the emergence of new cars and technologies has shaken up the market for green cars.

This year, the Mistubishi i-MIEV was awarded the top spot this year with a ranking of 58, the highest score awarded since the rankings began in 1998. The “green score” considers unhealthy tailpipe emissions, fuel consumption, and the emission of gases that contribute to climate change.
Mitsubishi’s electric vehicle also beat out better-known electric and hybrid models like the Nissan Leaf and the Toyota Prius, with a combined city and highway fuel economy of 112 miles per gallon equivalent.
“Even taking into account the emissions generated from the electricity used to power the i-MIEV, it still handily outscores other vehicles on the market today,” said ACEEE lead vehicle analyst Shruti Vaidyanathan. “It’s increasingly obvious that automakers are fully invested in providing consumers with the widest possible array of vehicle choices. Earning a spot on the “Greenest” list is proving to be a real challenge for automakers given the variety of vehicle technologies on the market and the proliferation of highly efficient conventional vehicles,” she said.
Half of the vehicles on the “greenest” list this year are hybrids, while three of the top 12 are fuel efficient conventional gasoline vehicles. Notably, new hybrid options from Hyundai, Kia, and Infiniti did not make the top 12 list.
Here is the full list of the top 12 greenest cars:
· 1. Mistubishi i-MIEV (Green Score: 58)
· 2. Honda Civic Natural Gas (55)
· 3. Nissan Leaf (55)
· 4. Toyota Prius (54)
· 5. Honda Insight (53)
· 6. Smart ForTwo Cabriolet/Coupe (53)
· 7. Scion IQ (52)
· 8. Honda Civic Hybrid (52)
· 9. Lexus CT 200H (51)
· 10. Toyota Camry Hybrid LE (51)
· 11. Honda CR-Z (50)
· 12. Toyota Yaris (50)
Photo: Mitsubishi
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By Channtal Fleischfresser| February 13, 2012, 4:00 AM PST

Biodiversity, the variety of life and its processes


Biodiversity, the variety of life and its processes; includes components of structure, function, and process of species, communities, ecosystems, and other levels of biological organization. Groupsite FORUMS

Weblink (here) to the Committee for Bellarine & Groupsite FORUMS.

By the Committee for Bellarine (Inc.), which was formed to simultaneously promote the Bellarine region and encourage specific sustainability projects in the area.
The site is a public meeting place that provides members of Clean Green Bellarine & Committee for Bellarine with a shared calendardiscussion forumsmember profilesphoto galleryfile storage and more. We encourage you to upload your photo, complete your profile and participate!
The Committee for Bellarine program has grown into a leadership network that supports and enables sustainable and appropriate growth for the existing community and its future communities. The network’s approach is based around four key environmental principles: Water, Waste, Energy and Biodiversity.
People and community adding social sustainability to the primary agenda.

Committee for Bellarine Friends

The Committe for Bellarine is a respected community member association that values the support of the included businesses and organisations below.