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

Phillip Island is a place that everyone loves. 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 at 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 adjoining caravan park.

Deeply Involved With Community Groups

During that time I became very involved in the community: playgroup,  youth group, initiated a regular market, was 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, my 4 children were aged between 10 and 21.

Working With Community Groups

I was fortunate to be employed by the local Council 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.

This position also included the overseeing of public halls, neighbourhood houses, recreation reserves, and the eight swimming pools in the shire.

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.

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.  

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.

 I was also asked to develop programs for community building following the fires. Another very satisfying position

Calling Phillip Island Home

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. These websites are not inclusive of everything that is Phillip Island.

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

During 2020 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 come on board even 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 busy times 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. My posts are a reminder of everything we have here.

Also it is a great platform to raise awareness of important issues – National Day’s etc.   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