Are you concerned about the state of our local environment? Do you have questions about climate change and its impact on our future? Would you like to know more about what you can do to help?

Federal Member for Corangamite Libby Coker is hosting the inaugural Corangamite Youth Climate Forum where you can:

  • Hear from local environmentalists;
  • Take the opportunity to quiz your local member on national climate policy;
  • Speak with and join the Geelong Branch of the Australian
    Youth Climate Coalition.

If you are interested, and under 30 years old, you are invited to the Corangamite Youth Climate Forum. This forum will be held in conjunction with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition.

The forum will be held on Sunday 15 September from 10am until 11.30am at Lecture Theatre KA3.411 at Deakin University, Waurn Ponds.

Speakers include Erica Crawford and Jarrah Wishart from AYCC, Libby Coker MP, representatives from Surf Riders – Surf Coast, Bellarine Catchment Network and others.

If you would like to let us know you are coming along, or have any questions about this event, please contact the electorate office by calling 03 5243 1444 or by sending an email to

Matt Crawley
Bellarine Catchment Network

Matt is a resident of the Bellarine and has worked in community engagement and environment projects in the Mallee, North Central and Geelong region for the past 20 years. For the past 12 years matt has worked with the Bellarine Catchment Network as Program Manager. Matt has a strong interest in the Flora and Fauna of the Bellarine and assisting local community groups to deliver projects that help to protect and enhance these values. Matt has seen the Bellarine Catchment Network continue to support existing groups as well as developing new environmental groups. Matt sits on a number of State and regional working groups including State Coastcare Strategy, Port Phillip Bay Environmental Management Plan Working Group, Barwon Water Environmental Advisory Committee and Bellarine Rail Trail Advisory Committee.

John Foss
Surfrider Foundation Surf Coast Branch

John is a passionate surfer who has been actively campaigning to protect local beaches since 1989. He has organised dozens of beach clean ups and other events to promote issues around beach litter, coastal management and climate change. His recent documentary RESPECT POINT IMPOSSIBLE which explores issues around overdevelopment and climate change locally has been seen by almost 4,000 people in the Surf Coast and Geelong region. John is a Life Member of Surfrider and currently sits on the National Board of Surfrider Foundation Australia.

Rebecca Patrick
Deakin University

Rebecca is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health and Health Promotion and co-lead of the Health, Nature, Sustainability Research Group at Deakin University. She has a PhD in health promotion and climate change and is the Vice President of the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA).