Supporting women within the Bellarine community

March 8, 2024 BY

Bellarine MP, Alison Marchant, sees International Women's Day as a chance to recognise and celebrate women in the local community.

In a historic moment, for the first time ever in Victoria’s history, gender parity was achieved across the Victorian Parliament.

Equal women and men representing the state.

This means, that policies and initiatives will reflect the diverse needs and interests of the entire community, while making long lasting benefits for everyone.

For Bellarine MP, Alison Marchant, International Women’s Day is a chance to recognise and celebrate the women across the Bellarine communities.

The Bellarine is seeing more girls and women playing and coaching sport, with women in leadership roles from schools, community organisations and emergency services.

Groups across the community including Women in Local Democracy (WILD), Bellarine Women’s Network, View Clubs, Barwon Heads Country Women’s Association and Bellarine Women’s Workshop are fostering connections, supporting well-being, and empowering women to thrive.

Countless volunteers, often women, dedicate their time and efforts in making Bellarine communities the vibrant tapestry that they are.

Despite progress, there are still challenges to overcome.

The Victorian government’s landmark Women’s Health Survey found four in 10 Victorian women live with chronic pain and 20 per cent had skipped social activities because of their health.

It is clear that neglecting women’s health holds back not only women and girls but also the entire community from reaching its full potential.

The Victorian government is therefore taking real steps in addressing this issue and improving the lives of
all women.

The Victorian government is doing this through:

  • Dedicated women’s health clinics, plus sexual and reproductive health hubs
  • Nation-leading public IVF services
  • Free pads and tampons in public places
  • Establishing Victoria’s first clinic for women’s heart health
  • A landmark inquiry into women’s pain, and
  • A gender equality strategy – empowering women regardless of their background.

Ms Marchant is immensely proud to be part of a government that listens, that acts, and that strives to make local communities safe, healthy, and supportive for everyone.

She wants to continue to champion the cause of equality within the Bellarine communities, paving the way for a brighter and more prosperous future for everyone.

Phone Alison Marchant’s office on 5250 1987 or head to for more.

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