The Story - How And Why We Are Phillip Island Was Created

Phillip Island is a place people have loved to visit or lived here for years. This wild and scenic island is home to a diverse group of businesses and I wanted to create a directory to showcase the many talented local business owners on Phillip Island and San Remo!

More so now than ever, it’s becoming increasingly important to support our local small business with Buy Local, Shop Local and as we have seen councils are now on board with Buy Local, Shop Local campaigns. Here on Phillip Island and San Remo, we have so many unique businesses which we have show cased in our directory, We Are Phillip Island.

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Who Am I?

First a little about me and why I am so passionate about our local area and business. My name is Judi and my background is a mixture of business and communities.

My husband and I began married life running a 7 day a week mixed business by the beach in Broulee (south of Batemans Bay) for 12 years.  You know the sort: takeaway food, petrol, gas, groceries, ice creams etc. After 4 years, my husband and I also took over the 5 acre caravan park.

Deeply Involved With Community Groups

During that time I became very involved in community things – playgroup, ran a youth group, initiated a regular market, secretary and treasurer on lots of community groups, Broulee Surf Club fund raiser and loads more.

We Moved Back To Victoria

After 12 years we moved back to Victoria and  I studied Community Development. My husband died at a young age not long after we had returned to Victoria leaving my 4 children aged between 10 and 21.

Working With Community Groups

I was fortunate to be employed by Campaspe Shire Council based in Echuca as the Recreation Development Officer.  During this time my work involved helping and guiding groups to apply for funding, and to find their way through the maze of Local Government rules to achieve their projects.

This involved sporting clubs, community group’s playground and skate park development. Community arts projects, conflict resolution, festivals and celebrations.

An aspect of this position that I did not expect, after Amalgamation, it was my role to manage public halls, neighborhood houses, recreation reserves, and the eight swimming pools in the shire.

Four pools were under contract while 4 were run by community volunteers.  A very challenging but highly rewarding position.

The Importance Of Volunteers

I believe it was with these groups that I realised the importance of volunteers. It takes patience and understanding to ensure volunteers are following all government protocols including OH &S. I am eternally grateful to these beautiful people who made my life easier and also fun.

After 10 years I decided it was time to try a new path.

The next position I worked for was for Vic Health encouraging marginalised groups across 7 shires to participate in physical activity.  Such a fun position.

Working At Berry Street

I spent a number of years working in Seymour as the Manager Community Programs for Berry Street.  This target of this position was to work with socially disadvantaged residents, homeless and disadvantaged youth.

Engagement Programs

This was a highly satisfying position bringing community groups together for the betterment of the community particularly the disadvantaged.  We as a group ran a gardening program where all residents in the Neighbourhood Renewal area received a pot plant which was potted and delivered by the young people of the program – the response from the participants and the recipients was amazing.

After being successful in receiving funding for 3 years.  A community partnership ran an employment program working with Unions and businesses for over 120 residents.  This was so successful that I was asked to present this program at the Melbourne Town Hall.

Marysville and Kinglake After The 2009 Fires

After the 2009 bushfires, the focus of Berry Street shifted.  I was then offered a position with Murrindindi Shire looking at transport options for the township of Marysville and Kinglake.  While there I was requested to help Murrindindi Shire Family Day Care achieve accreditation which they did.  I was also asked to develop programs for community building following the fires. Another very satisfying position

Calling Phillip Island Home

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I moved to Phillip Island a few years ago and believe I have moved to paradise.

It was a surprise that there was only a tourism website for Phillip Island, and San Remo locals and not one focused on locals.

My competition is Google who is not always current and also does not identify local business and community groups.

During lockdown I started to research how this would work. I became highly enthused when community groups were excited and impressed with the idea and then businesses wanted to pay for advertising before the website was developed.

Phillip Island Is Home

I am incredibly proud of the place I now call home. I love the quiet times, but then I adore the busyness of the seasons. I feel so blessed that I am able to live here.

Community is Important These Days

I believe my community development background makes this website highly unique. This site is more than business, it is everything we have to offer on this island. It is the spirit.

Social Media Daily Updates And Features

We Are Phillip Island Instagram and Facebook posts provides a platform for readers to see what they can find on the website.  I love the fact that I can promote anything and everything.  – philosophical, environmental, promotional – mental health awareness, physical activity, and business advice.

Also it is a great platform to raise awareness of important issues – National Day’s. And sometimes I just like to have a good laugh.  If you are not already a follower, follow me.

My Goal: Making We Are Phillip Island The Go-To Directory magazine of all that’s local

This website will be the “go-to” site for locals, holiday home owners and visitors.  BUT it is built for locals.

If you’d like to join our community and have your business listed here, give us a call, or email us

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