The Lorne Community Arts & Culture Foundation’s (LCACF) fundamental purpose is to improve the well-being of its regionally isolated community through the facilitation of dynamic, engaging and challenging arts experiences. Our vision is to position Lorne as regional Victoria’s leading Arts destination through the development of a variety of world-class arts enterprises.

The primary activity of the LCACF to date has been to produce FOPA which is a multi-arts event showcasing established and emerging artists, including local artists and significant community engagement programs and activity. FOPA has been successful in attracting in excess of 4,000 people to Lorne at an ‘off peak’ time when the town is usually only occupied by permanent residents.


The Lorne Community Arts & Culture Foundation is a not-for-profit, sustainable organisation dedicated to facilitating dynamic arts experiences while enhancing community engagement, collaboration, cultural diversity & economic growth.

Strategic Objectives 

  • Promote the arts in Lorne and Western Victoria
  • Encourage collaboration across all stakeholder groups and regional tourism bodies
  • Improve community well-being by providing opportunities for creativity and empowerment
  • Expose the community to diverse arts activities not usually accessible in regional areas
  • Develop Lorne’s arts and culture profile to aid positioning of the Surf Coast as Victoria’s Creative Coast
  • Provide opportunities for event expansion and arts innovation
  • Contribute to the sustainability and economic development of the community


Peter Spring


Co-founder and CEO of a computer software company for 20 years, Peter has extensive experience in the Strategic Planning and Project Delivery.  Peter has been fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chair of Melbourne’s Migrant Information Centre. He is now Vice Chairman of the Committee for Lorne and President of the Stribling Reserve Committee of Management.

Chris Tutungi

Deputy Chairman

Chris is Chair of Lorne Business and Tourism Association and a tourist accommodation provider (Lorne Bush House Cottages). He has held leadership positions within Lorne CFA, Lorne Lions Club, Lorne Aquatic & Angling Club and Lorne Football and Netball Club. Prior to retiring Chris was Dental Prosthetist at RMIT, Melbourne University Hospital and partner in a Geelong based Dental practice.

Don Tyrer


Don Tyrer is has held a variety of roles across the education sector from teaching in schools and universities to senior appointments within the Victorian Department of Education. Don has been Senior Fellow at The University of Melbourne and consulted the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Welsh Assembly Government, Ontario Ministry of Education and Government of Samoa.

Phil Walsh


Phil Walsh is director of Melbourne based accounting firm Walsh & Co. He is also an active member of the Lorne community as member of the SES and CFA. Phil fought the Christmas Day fires on the Great Ocean Road and managed the post-crisis CFA fundraising initiatives. Phil is a Certified Practicing Accountant.

Gary Allen

Gary Allen was a teacher of economics, a school principal (Lorne P-12 College) and former president of the Ararat Arts Council, Country Education Project Victoria and Rural Education Forum Australia.  As an arts advocate he has lobbied governments to support regional Arts programs. Gary was also co-owner of Melbourne’s pioneering Butterfly Club.

Karen Biggelaar

Karen is principal of Lorne P-12 College and previously principal of Pleasant Street Primary School Ballarat, she has also been a committee member of the Royal South Street Society and board member of the Victorian Principals’ Association. Karen is the LCACF’s newest board appointment and is driving educational sector engagement programs for FOPA.

Andi Lawson-Moore

Arts communications specialist Andi Lawson-Moore divides her time between operating a freelance communications business (writing, editing and proofreading for a range of arts organisations including Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, Darwin Festival and Australian Performing Arts Market) and working at the Lorne Visitor Information Centre. 

Bob Sinclair

As a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), Bob’s career spans 40 years and included Supreme Court of Victoria project design, Commonwealth Games Village, AIA representative to the Board of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Architecture and Chairman of the AIA Housing Awards (Victorian Chapter).

Susannah Sprague

Susannah is a Public Relations strategist and co-director of a Family Office managing agricultural investments. Her communications projects span philanthropic, government, sporting and media sectors. A resident of Lorne, Susannah has shared her PR, event and grant development expertise with the Lorne Sculpture Biennale, Lorne CFA Brigade, Committee for Lorne, Lions of Lorne, Lorne and District Men’s Shed and the Spirit Foundation.