Integrated catchment and coastal management – the BCN model that works

Mr Matt Crawley1

1Bellarine Catchment Network, Clifton Springs, Australia


The Bellarine Catchment Network (BCN) is a not-for-profit organisation that comprises representatives from key catchment and coastal organisations (both government and non-government) with a integrated catchment management focus. This includes environment groups, ‘Friends Of’, Land Managers, Landcare and Coastcare.

The BCN  Committee of Management employs five officers to implement the network projects throughout the Geelong and Bellarine region. A designated representative from each stakeholder group is appointed to the Committee of Management as an advisory panel, along with an Executive Committee.

The Network approaches all aspects of natural resource management with an integrated focus.  This leads to more projects, outcomes and efficiencies in addressing management and threats to environmental values.  The Network delivers 30 projects annually, supporting 20 plus schools in the region and 30 community groups and organisations.  This integrated approach to coastal management has stood the test of time and has seen the Network grow to become one of the leading coastal Networks in Victoria.


Matt has worked in community engagement and environment projects in the Mallee, North Central and Geelong regions if Victoria for the past 20 years. For the past 12 years Matt has worked with the Bellarine Catchment Network (BCN) as Program Manager.  Matt has seen the BCN continue to support the Bellarine’s environmental groups and organisations with a focus on integrated catchment management through innovative, proactive programs.