The list of notable achievements since the PCA’s inception has included many written submissions, grant applications, meetings and feedback on various issues including public art and streetscape, urban design framework, Portarlington Structure Plan, Safe Harbour Master Plan, Bellarine Strategic Plan, infrastructure upgrades and many more matters relevant to the community of Portarlington.


Safety bollard lighting from the pier area to Newcombe Street past the public toilets were installed by council on request of PCA.

The 49ers: The 49 Newcombe Street Sub-committee was formed and continued to advocate for an appropriate resolution for the development proposal at 49 Newcombe Street. This proposal again went to VCAT, with the development proposal again being rejected.

49 Newcombe Street: Lobbying continues to Federal, State and Local Governments to acquire the land for public use.

Successful Grant Application: PCA to Federal Government Stronger Communities.

Successful Grant Application: PCA to Libby Coker’s Volunteer’s Grant.

Public Art Sculpture: Installation of two bronze cast pelicans by Will Wilson on the foreshore near the pier. This was achieved by a Federal Government Strong Communities Grant, supplemented by PCA fundraising, and the in-kind assistance of Bellarine Bayside.

North Bellarine Aquatic Centre Advisory Group: Five members of the NBAC Advocacy Group appointed by the City of Greater Geelong. The North Bellarine Aquatics Centre opened to the public on 1st November 2023.

Mural Art (4): Collaboration with and donation to the Senior Citizens’ Club resulted in a further mural, ‘The Fish Thieves’, (local artist Heather Duff) for the town.

Purchase of Big Red Bows (Salvation Army): Festive dressing of trees in the shopping strip during the month of December, funded by PCA collaboration with the Community Bank Bellarine and the in-kind assistance of SES Bellarine.

Beanie Tree: Instigated by the PCA in collaboration with the Community Bank Bellarine, ‘Yarn Me Calm’ textile studio and the Bellarine Women’s Network. Hand-made beanies from the tree donated after Christmas to the Andrew Love Cancer Centre Geelong.


Successful Grant Application: PCA to VicHealth.

Laneway mural art 2: ‘Bellarine Vines’, painted by local street artist, Sai Neoh. Funded by a grant from VicHealth.  The launch was celebrated at Portovino with representatives from all levels of government.

North Bellarine Advisory Committee (NBAC) Advocacy Group: Provided PCA member who became the Chair. This led to representation on the NBAC Advisory Panel to CoGG.

Mural 3: Collaboration with Portarlington Neighbourhood House resulted in ‘Rainbow Lorikeet at PNH, funded by a CoGG Healthy & Connected Communities Grant.

Community Hub: Submissions from sub-committee to CoGG for their Scoping Survey for a Community Hub and the use of Parks Hall.


Mixed use development at 49 Newcombe Street: Lobbying and petitioning to Council about proposal; PCA was represented at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal by Hardwood Andrews on a pro bono basis.  This resulted in the Minister calling the matter in.

Successful Grant Application: PCA to Federal Government Stronger Communities.

Laneway mural art 1: ‘Weedy Seadragons’, painted by local street artist, Sai Neoh. Co-funded by the City of Greater Geelong, the Federal Government Stronger Communities Grant and the PCA.


PCA survey on Public Art: sought feedback from the community on ideas for public art in the town – a Report was written and circulated to relevant organisations, and a working relationship with the public art department in CoGG was established.


PCA Planning sub-committee formed: Creates policy for its active engagement in Planning Applications and Proposed Planning Scheme Amendments that directly affect or impact our town or community as a whole.

State Government’s Distinctive Areas and Landscape Legislation: PCA began its input.


PCA Facebook Page: Set up PCA profile on Facebook.

Communication & Connectivity Project: Successful grant application to Health & Wellbeing Fund – printed PCA information brochures and membership forms.

Playground WG Little Reserve: Letter of support from PCA to Bellarine Bayside - to lobby CoGG for funding to replace playground at Little Reserve