Cr Ron Bauer
Cr Bauer was born in 1956 and is married to Nancie Robinson. They have two children, Erica and Grace. He is the 5th generation custodian of Melbourne's oldest continuous antique jewellery firm, Klepner’s, which was established in Vienna, Austria in 1889.
Cr Bauer has owned a beach house in Cowes since 1981 and together with his wife, made the sea change to the island 6 years ago. He is a member of Cowes Yacht Club, the Bass Coast Rate Payers Association, the Phillip Island Dog Owners Association and the Phillip Island RSL.
Until his election as a Bass Coast Shire Councillor, he was on the committee of Island Voice, where he was integral to restructuring the organisation to become the pre-eminent voice for Phillip Island to Council. Politically, he has been active in Reason Australia (formerly the Australian Sex Party), ending up being Victorian president of the party. He withdrew from Reason to run as an independent candidate for Bass in the 2018 Victorian state election.
Professionally, he is on the national board of the Jewellers Association of Australia and the state board of the National Council of Jewellery Valuers. Since 2009, he has been the Senior Australian representative to the World Jewellery Congress. He holds numerous industry and tertiary qualifications including a postgraduate diploma in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Arts (Communications and Media), and diplomas in Diamond Technology, Gemmology and Valuations.
Cr Bauer has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the British Gemmological Association and was the youngest person ever to be awarded an Honorary Life membership of the Gemmological Association of Australia. He is an expert on antique jewellery and Australia's leading expert on jade. He is also one of only five jewellery and gemstone valuers for the Australian Government's Cultural Gift Program.