On 28 October I had the pleasure of opening the seventh annual Bellarine Art Show at St Leonards Yacht Club. It attracted over 250 entries and was hosted by the yacht club. I would like to thank John Royle, the commodore, Dot, Dennis, Lorraine, Arthur, Karen and all the other members who worked so hard leading up to the show as well as during the opening on Friday night and through to the Sunday night. It is a great event, which provides an opportunity for local artists to display their talents. It is a coming together of the wider local community. It is also a reminder of our natural environment. I look forward to next year’s Bellarine Art Show and I congratulate all involved.