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People and Purpose

Our Purpose

Our Vision

A Connected, Inclusive and Caring Community.

Our Mission

ACH works to enrich the lives of community members by facilitating community spirit, fostering inclusiveness and positive connections and promoting lifelong learning for the communities of Anglesea, Aireys Inlet and Surrounds.

Community Initiatives supported by the Anglesea Community House

The Resale Shed

Successfully diverting re-useable materials from landfill.

News Angle

Your quarterly publication from the Anglesea Community House.

Anglesea Twilight Farmers Market

Providing growers and producers an avenue for the community to access local produce.

Anglesea and Aireys Inlet Foodlink

Providing emergency food relief for Anglesea and Aireys Inlet residents.

Anglesea Green Hub

More information coming soon.

Our Beginnings

The ACH building is a house that was donated to the Barrabool Shire by the Tasmanian Government for emergency housing following the Ash Wednesday fires of 1983.

It became home to a local person for five years after her house was burnt out in the fires. In 1989 Council made the house available for use as a Community House.

It was seen as the perfect fit because the house was originally donated to benefit people in crisis and would continue to serve the wider community.

Community use and interest prompted the Shire to allocate $20,000 towards additional construction works to modify the structure to meet community needs. Without the volunteer labour and other input, the Community House would not have been able to grow to what it is today, offering childcare, rooms for use by community groups, space for exercise classes and so many other activities.

More than a physical space, the ACH continues to work to respond to community needs and initiatives.

ACH has celebrated more than 30 years of working with community and we continue to work, even beyond the physical space of the house, to support people to participate in the community.

    Samantha Gault

    Samantha Gault

    President - BA

    Samantha Gault BA, LLB brings an array of skills and experience to the ACH Committee of Management. Sam has worked as a personal injuries lawyer, as a general manager responsible for delivering the contract and commercial functions in the telecommunications industry, and as a consultant working on organisational design, occupational health and safety, contracting, on-boarding and training.

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    Sam currently works as an assignment/project-based lawyer. Her recent engagements include Privacy Officer at WorkSafe Victoria. Sam is currently working as a Senior Solicitor with the Department of Health and Human Services Royal Commission Engagement Branch. Sam's other volunteer roles include serving on the Alfred Hospital Ethics Committee, and she has been involved with the Anglesea Community House since 2013.

    Sandra Mitchell

    Sandra Mitchell

    Vice President - BEd (Early Childhood)

    Sandra has broad-based experience in the early childhood sector with 35 years working in various positions in community-based childcare services and organisations and in local and state governments. 

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    Sandra has been involved in a number of community organisations, including as a member of community-based management committees and involvement in the YMCA, both as committee member and employee. Sandra brings valuable experience in developing and implementing policies and procedures, risk management plans and training and business plans.

    Keith Perkin

    Keith Perkin

    Treasurer - B Bus, CPA (retired)

    Since moving to Fairhaven in 2013, Keith has been involved with Anglesea Art House, Fairhaven Surf Club, Surfcoast Anglesea Probus, Anglesea Men's Shed and is a member of the Surfcoast Shire Advisory Committee on Positive Ageing. Keith worked in the oil industry for 25 years both in Australia and overseas.

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    He then moved to lead the Dymocks organisation in Sydney for four years followed by five years as CEO of Retravision Australia. Keith has a range of skills and experience built across a commercial and not-for-profit background. In 2007, Keith became COO with Starlight Children's Foundation before returning to Melbourne as CEO Big Brothers Big Sisters. Keith also served for 11 years on the Board of Autism Spectrum Australia (ASPECT). Keith is a Life Member of ASPECT.

    Annette Dwyer

    Annette Dwyer

    Committee Member

    Annette has been a member of the Anglesea Community House Committee of Management for more than 10 years. Protecting the environment is a real passion for Annette and she has been instrumetnal in setting up and running the Resale Shed at the Anglesea Transfer Station. 

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    Prior to volunteering with the Anglesea Community House, Annette was a primary school teacher for over 30 years, work she found challenging, but mostly rewarding, working with staff and parents to assist children to reach their potential. Annette is a hands-on person and she is involved with many other organisations and community groups in Anglesea.

    Michael Varney

    Michael Varney

    Committee Member

    Michael brings a diverse skill set to the ACH Committee of Management. 30 years as a senior medical scientist providing the matching for organ transplantation, six years as an on call hospital chaplain with the Austin Hospital and most recently as full-time pastor of the Anglesea Baptist Church. 

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    As a scientist, Michael brings strong analytical skills, leadership capacity, and innovation, as he has served on numerous international committees and published over fifty refereed publications. Michael holds a B.Sc (Hons) in Applied Biological Sciences, a PhD and a Master of Theological Studies and, as an adjunct lecturer, taught postgraduate immunology and now teaches undergraduate theology. Michael is an ordained minister of religion with the Baptist Union of Victoria.

    Beth Davidson OAM

    Beth Davidson OAM

    Secretary

    Beth is a community advocate with extensive experience in community capacity building and good governance processes. Beth’s passion for making a difference in community is demonstrated in three key areas:  neighbourhood houses, local government and emergency management services, particularly CFA. 

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    Beth’s focus is on making a systemic difference rather than ad-hoc situational changes.  She looks to change and develop systems and processes that support good governance and support community resilience. Beth’s community and governance leadership is demonstrated in three decades as a practitioner in the neighbourhood house sector at the local, regional, state and national levels; 11 years as local government councillor including four terms as Mayor of Surf Coast Shire and three terms as President of the Victorian Local Governance Association. Beth has also previously served as Vice President and Treasurer with the ACH Committee of Management. Beth has been awarded the Centenary medal and OAM for her contribution to local government and community.

    Lucy Lincoln

    Lucy Lincoln

    Committee Member

    Moving to Anglesea has enabled Lucy and her family to become part of an incredible community. Lucy grew up spending summer holidays in an old cabin at Point Road Knight and now enjoys spending time with her son at the local beaches and community events.

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    Lucy runs an in-home aged care support company - Country to Coast Home Care Services that provides government funded home care packages approved by the Department of Health. Lucy has worked in community services, public and private hospitals, a not-for-profit organisation and at the Surf Coast Shire Council. Her expertise lies in the provision of care and support for the elderly and minority groups, understanding and implementing regulatory compliance requirements, quality assurance, and liaising with a range of service providers and government agencies. Lucy finds that the work that ACH does is very valuable in contributing to the community with benefits for many, especially more isolated members. Lucy enjoys being able to continue to contribute to the continued success of ACH.

    Julie Martin

    Julie Martin

    Operations Coordinator

    With a Bachelor in Social Work, Julie has many years of experience in working with communities. Julie joined ACH in 2019, is excited to work with ACH, has lived in Anglesea for nearly 15 years and has been heavily involved in many community groups.

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    Julie was a member of the Anglesea Primary School Parents Club and School Council for many years. She has also been heavily involved in the Anglesea Football and Netball Club Committee. In 2013, Julie received an award for International Women's Day for her work in education. Julie has always enjoyed music coming from a musical family and she enjoys being an active member of the Anglesea Community Rock Choir.

    Marcelle Renkin

    Marcelle Renkin

    Program Coordinator

    With a BA in International Studies and a Masters in Education, Marcelle has worked in Community Development for over 20 years, both locally with people from a refugee background, and in Latin America with indigenous Maya women and families as Director of a Fair Trade Social Enterprise.

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    Marcelle is passionate about working at the grassroots to build inclusive communities. Marcelle has been a part-time resident of Anglesea most of her life, with school holidays spent at the family holiday house. She now appreciates the opportunity to share all that the Surfcoast has to offer with her partner and raise her two sons by the beach.

    Melissa Brooks

    Melissa Brooks

    Childcare Coordinator

    Mel is a mother of four and brings a fresh new approach to early childhood education at ACH's childcare service. Mel has worked in the early childhood sector for almost 10 years as a diploma qualified educator. She also has a qualification as an Educational Support Officer (working with children with additional needs).

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    Mel has worked in the fitness and leisure industry, including managing a swim school for five years. Mel is passionate about working with children and in her spare time she loves to go on long bike rides and enjoys the outdoors through camping trips. Mel joined the ACH team in 2019.

    Bec Scoullar

    Bec Scoullar

    Childcare Assistant

    Bec joined ACH Childcare in 2018. She is actually a chocolatier by trade, but her passion for the creative arts and the opportunity to share this as an early childhood educator has bought her to work as a Childcare Assistant at ACH.

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    Bec is currently studying to complete her Diploma in Early Childhood Education. Bec is a mother of three and also runs a jewellery and design business. Bec is passionate about watching kids grow, learn and foster their creativity.

    Bonnie

    Bonnie

    Bonnie has been working with ACH Childcare in a casual capacity over the last five years. Bonnie holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and is passionate about providing outdoor play and activities for children.

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    Bonnie is an avid gardener and loves getting kids involved in planting, watering, harvesting and eating delicious veggies from our garden. Bonnie's current role is based around supporting ACH to be an inclusive service. Bonnie is a mum to three girls and also works at Moriac Preschool - a community-run kinder.

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