Bellarine residents are being encouraged to use the Committee for Bellarine’s new website to get involved in the region’s future.
The committee, a group of subscribing locals concerned with how the peninsula is developed and managed, would like its website to become a sounding board for everyone on the Bellarine.
Site developer Greg Campbell has added a forum to the site so all locals can share ideas and have their say about what they love about the Bellarine and what features should be protected.
Mr Campbell, who owns Bellarinewebsites.com, donated his services to the committee so its new dynamic website could have new features and perform well on mobile devices such as smartphones. The site now sports a Twitter feed – which captures all tweets mentioning the Bellarine – and for ship spotters a feed showing the movement of vessels in Port Philip Bay.
It also now has the open forum, which the committee hopes will encourage everyone to get involved with the committee’s work.
Because the committee – one of a number of its kind around the country – is not a council or government funded entity nor a traditional community association, it has been criticised in some circles for not representing the general public.
Spokesman Tom O’Connor is hoping the new site will change that perception, by increasing the public’s understanding of what the committee is trying to achieve, and actively inviting discussion from all Bellarine residents.
Mr O’Connor said the website’s community forum would help the committee achieve its aim of bridging the gap between the community and government.
“Part of bridging the gap is engaging the community. Opportunities (for getting involved) are difficult for people with full-time jobs and families.
“They’re the ones we want to concentrate on by offering not only face-to-face engagement but an online capability.”
Check the website out at www.committeeforbellarine.com.au.
Bellariners encouraged to net off
By JOANNA CARSON – Bellarine Times
March 25 2012
Greg Campbell has redesigned the Committee for the Bellarine’s website.