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CONSTRUCTION OF NEW SPORTS FACILITIES KICK OFF AT LEOPOLD

Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville today officially turned the first sod on stages 2 and 3 of the Leopold Memorial Recreation Reserve new sporting facilities. The facilities will include change rooms, a modern gym, new kitchen and a significant community space that will accommodate up to 200 people which will importantly be also available for the wider Leopold community use. The new facilities build on the completed stage 1 project that included two new netball courts and player change rooms, umpire rooms and an upgrade to existing football rooms. The project delivers on a State Government $1.6 million election commitment. We know grassroots clubs are the heart of our community, and we’re giving players and teams at the Leopold Football Netball Club and Leopold Cricket Club the safe, modern and inclusive facilities they deserve, Ms Neville said Females of all ages are signing up to play local sport in record numbers, but many facilities were built in a bygone era where change rooms for females were poor or didn’t even exist, she added. It is great to support both women and men in football , netball and cricket and these new facilities will ensure all players are catered for well into the future, Ms Neville said. Leopold Reserve really is a hub for the local community, with many clubs and organisations calling it home. Locals use it for exercise and the playground is a meeting place for families with young children. Ms Neville thanked project partners City of Greater Geelong and Leopold Football Netball Club for their financial contribution to the project. I have been proud to have worked with the Leopold Football Netball and Cricket clubs over many years and I again congratulate them on their initiative, Ms Neville said. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of March 2018.

CONSTRUCTION OF NEW SPORTS FACILITIES KICK OFF AT LEOPOLD

Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville today officially turned the first sod on stages 2 and 3 of the Leopold Memorial Recreation Reserve new sporting facilities. The facilities will include change rooms, a modern gym, new kitchen and a significant community space that will accommodate up to 200 people which will importantly be also available for the wider Leopold community use. The new facilities build on the completed stage 1 project that included two new netball courts and player change rooms, umpire rooms and an upgrade to existing football rooms. The project delivers on a State Government $1.6 million election commitment. We know grassroots clubs are the heart of our community, and we’re giving players and teams at the Leopold Football Netball Club and Leopold Cricket Club the safe, modern and inclusive facilities they deserve, Ms Neville said Females of all ages are signing up to play local sport in record numbers, but many facilities were built in a bygone era where change rooms for females were poor or didn’t even exist, she added. It is great to support both women and men in football , netball and cricket and these new facilities will ensure all players are catered for well into the future, Ms Neville said. Leopold Reserve really is a hub for the local community, with many clubs and organisations calling it home. Locals use it for exercise and the playground is a meeting place for families with young children. Ms Neville thanked project partners City of Greater Geelong and Leopold Football Netball Club for their financial contribution to the project. I have been proud to have worked with the Leopold Football Netball and Cricket clubs over many years and I again congratulate them on their initiative, Ms Neville said. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of March 2018.

FUNDING TO HELP COMMEMORATE THE SERVICE OF VETERANS IN GEELONG AND REGION.

The Andrews Labor Government has provided a funding boost to help Geelong and surrounding regions commemorate the sacrifice of local veterans, and educate the wider community about their service. Lisa Neville MP today said that Geelong Heritage Centre will receive $76,000 under the “Geelong Honours Them” project. The funding will go towards locating and digitising WW1 Honour Boards across Geelong, the Bellarine and both Surf Coast and Golden Plains Shires. When complete these important and historic records will be accessible to the wider Victorian community on a new Geelong Honours Them web page. Funding was made available through the State Governments Victoria Remembers Grant Program that supports projects that help communities make personal connection to the ANZAC Centenary or other wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. This builds on the Labor Government’s work to preserve and educate Victorians about the service of our veterans through the $5 million commitment to the Anzac Centenary and $1 million to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. For more information on these and other veteran grant opportunities visit: www.dpc.vic.gov.au/veterans

FUNDING TO HELP COMMEMORATE THE SERVICE OF VETERANS IN GEELONG AND REGION.

The Andrews Labor Government has provided a funding boost to help Geelong and surrounding regions commemorate the sacrifice of local veterans, and educate the wider community about their service. Lisa Neville MP today said that Geelong Heritage Centre will receive $76,000 under the “Geelong Honours Them” project. The funding will go towards locating and digitising WW1 Honour Boards across Geelong, the Bellarine and both Surf Coast and Golden Plains Shires. When complete these important and historic records will be accessible to the wider Victorian community on a new Geelong Honours Them web page. Funding was made available through the State Governments Victoria Remembers Grant Program that supports projects that help communities make personal connection to the ANZAC Centenary or other wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. This builds on the Labor Government’s work to preserve and educate Victorians about the service of our veterans through the $5 million commitment to the Anzac Centenary and $1 million to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. For more information on these and other veteran grant opportunities visit: www.dpc.vic.gov.au/veterans

BARWON HEADS PRIMARY SCHOOL UPGRADE

Barwon Heads students now have bigger, better classrooms and school facilities, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville today visited Barwon Heads Primary School to open its $3.4 million upgrade, which includes a new learning studio with acoustic sliding doors to create flexible learning spaces, new and refurbished classrooms, an upgraded library and landscaping works. “It was great to visit Barwon Heads Primary School today and see for myself these fantastic new facilities, which the entire community can be proud of.” Ms Neville said. Multiple buildings have been refurbished and external landscaping has included a new lawn play space, a garden for use in art and cooking and softball courts. There are 481 students enrolled at Barwon Heads Primary School this year, with the school serving the local community for more than 125 years. Ms Neville said, “We are delivering on our promise and turning Barwon Heads Primary School’s vision into a reality; local families will benefit from these great new school facilities for years to come.” The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and receive a great education, and has invested $2.5 billion in the past three Budgets to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,000 school upgrades and 56 new school projects across the state, supporting almost 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians.

BARWON HEADS PRIMARY SCHOOL UPGRADE

Barwon Heads students now have bigger, better classrooms and school facilities, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville today visited Barwon Heads Primary School to open its $3.4 million upgrade, which includes a new learning studio with acoustic sliding doors to create flexible learning spaces, new and refurbished classrooms, an upgraded library and landscaping works. “It was great to visit Barwon Heads Primary School today and see for myself these fantastic new facilities, which the entire community can be proud of.” Ms Neville said. Multiple buildings have been refurbished and external landscaping has included a new lawn play space, a garden for use in art and cooking and softball courts. There are 481 students enrolled at Barwon Heads Primary School this year, with the school serving the local community for more than 125 years. Ms Neville said, “We are delivering on our promise and turning Barwon Heads Primary School’s vision into a reality; local families will benefit from these great new school facilities for years to come.” The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and receive a great education, and has invested $2.5 billion in the past three Budgets to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,000 school upgrades and 56 new school projects across the state, supporting almost 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians.

FUNDING BOOST FOR BELLARINE VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers in the Bellarine Region are receiving a welcome funding boost, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino recently announced the outcome of the 2017-18 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program, delivering grants to 300 successful applicants. Lisa Neville MP said that Leopold CFA will receive $46,667 to assist with the purchase of a Field Command Vehicle that will replace a 5 year old brigade owned vehicle. Emergency services volunteers across the state will share in $13 million in grants to help them keep Victorian communities safe. “Volunteers on the Bellarine do an incredible job keeping the local community safe and they deserve nothing but the best equipment.” Ms Neville said. The program funds operational equipment, including vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft, trailers and minor facility upgrades. Ms Neville said, “This funding boost will help volunteers to keep the community safe and I wish them all the best.” Across Victoria the grants package assists all our emergency services volunteer organisations, including: • $9.55 million for volunteer CFA brigades • $2.05 million for SES units • More than $750,000 for Life Saving Victoria clubs • More than $320,000 for the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association • Almost $290,000 for other volunteer organisations • Almost $50,000 to cover additional costs incurred by volunteers. The Labor Government is also allocating almost $2.5 million in state-wide initiatives. For more information about the grants, visit the Emergency Management Victoria website: https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/

FUNDING BOOST FOR BELLARINE VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers in the Bellarine Region are receiving a welcome funding boost, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino recently announced the outcome of the 2017-18 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program, delivering grants to 300 successful applicants. Lisa Neville MP said that Leopold CFA will receive $46,667 to assist with the purchase of a Field Command Vehicle that will replace a 5 year old brigade owned vehicle. Emergency services volunteers across the state will share in $13 million in grants to help them keep Victorian communities safe. “Volunteers on the Bellarine do an incredible job keeping the local community safe and they deserve nothing but the best equipment.” Ms Neville said. The program funds operational equipment, including vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft, trailers and minor facility upgrades. Ms Neville said, “This funding boost will help volunteers to keep the community safe and I wish them all the best.” Across Victoria the grants package assists all our emergency services volunteer organisations, including: • $9.55 million for volunteer CFA brigades • $2.05 million for SES units • More than $750,000 for Life Saving Victoria clubs • More than $320,000 for the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association • Almost $290,000 for other volunteer organisations • Almost $50,000 to cover additional costs incurred by volunteers. The Labor Government is also allocating almost $2.5 million in state-wide initiatives. For more information about the grants, visit the Emergency Management Victoria website: https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/

 

Queenscliff Music Festival

Last Thursday night (23rd November) I had the pleasure of launching the 2017 Queenscliff Music Festival, which was a great success over the weekend. At the launch I was pleased to join, amongst others, festival chairman Geoff Mutton, festival director Andrew Orvis, councillors and community members. This was the 21st festival, and as someone who has volunteered at the event in the past and having been to many of the festivals, I know personally that the festival has gone from strength to strength. Over that 21 years it has changed and grown to take account of changing music preferences. This is only the second time in its history where all the tickets were sold. This year we had 60 local, national and international acts entertaining large, enthusiastic crowds over the weekend on five different stages. The festival is one of the major events in the region, attracting people from right across Victoria, Australia and overseas. It is why the state government has been proud to be a regular sponsor each and every year of this event. Of course events like this do not happen without the support of so many volunteers — nearly 400 of them — many of them from the local community of Queenscliff. This is very much owned and celebrated by the local community. I congratulate all the staff, the volunteers and the board on another successful festival.

Queenscliff Music Festival

Last Thursday night (23rd November) I had the pleasure of launching the 2017 Queenscliff Music Festival, which was a great success over the weekend. At the launch I was pleased to join, amongst others, festival chairman Geoff Mutton, festival director Andrew Orvis, councillors and community members. This was the 21st festival, and as someone who has volunteered at the event in the past and having been to many of the festivals, I know personally that the festival has gone from strength to strength. Over that 21 years it has changed and grown to take account of changing music preferences. This is only the second time in its history where all the tickets were sold. This year we had 60 local, national and international acts entertaining large, enthusiastic crowds over the weekend on five different stages. The festival is one of the major events in the region, attracting people from right across Victoria, Australia and overseas. It is why the state government has been proud to be a regular sponsor each and every year of this event. Of course events like this do not happen without the support of so many volunteers — nearly 400 of them — many of them from the local community of Queenscliff. This is very much owned and celebrated by the local community. I congratulate all the staff, the volunteers and the board on another successful festival.

Remembrance Day

On Saturday we again took time to commemorate the end of World War I and to remember those in our community who have made the ultimate sacrifice for us all during wars since World War I. On Remembrance Day I was once again pleased to lay a wreath at the Portarlington-St Leonards RSL service and was represented at the Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove service. We have many ceremonies right across the Bellarine. My congratulations go to all the RSL sub-branches that were involved.

Remembrance Day

On Saturday we again took time to commemorate the end of World War I and to remember those in our community who have made the ultimate sacrifice for us all during wars since World War I. On Remembrance Day I was once again pleased to lay a wreath at the Portarlington-St Leonards RSL service and was represented at the Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove service. We have many ceremonies right across the Bellarine. My congratulations go to all the RSL sub-branches that were involved.

Mannerim Memorial Indigenous Garden

On Remembrance Day I was proud to open the newly established Mannerim Memorial Indigenous Garden. The garden and memorial is on the site of the former memorial hall built in 1923 to commemorate those from that community who fell in World War I. The Bellarine Landcare Group has worked in close partnership with the site trustee, Gordon Dodson, Bellarine police and the wider community on establishing the memorial garden. In 2016 the Victorian government provided a grant of $5000 towards the work, and this year $8800 came from the council. The official opening of the memorial garden commenced with the welcome to country and smoking ceremony led by Corrina Eccles. Police chaplain John Minotti blessed the site, and trooping in the flag were Lisa and George Coleman of the Creswick Light Horse Troop, who handed the flag to Colin Cairns of the Queenscliff-Point Lonsdale RSL. I want to thank in particular Jim Mason from the Landcare group, who is now a recently elected councillor, for the thousands of hours he put in and the local police that put in hundreds of volunteer hours, particularly Sergeant Grant Langmaid. Congratulations to all.

Mannerim Memorial Indigenous Garden

On Remembrance Day I was proud to open the newly established Mannerim Memorial Indigenous Garden. The garden and memorial is on the site of the former memorial hall built in 1923 to commemorate those from that community who fell in World War I. The Bellarine Landcare Group has worked in close partnership with the site trustee, Gordon Dodson, Bellarine police and the wider community on establishing the memorial garden. In 2016 the Victorian government provided a grant of $5000 towards the work, and this year $8800 came from the council. The official opening of the memorial garden commenced with the welcome to country and smoking ceremony led by Corrina Eccles. Police chaplain John Minotti blessed the site, and trooping in the flag were Lisa and George Coleman of the Creswick Light Horse Troop, who handed the flag to Colin Cairns of the Queenscliff-Point Lonsdale RSL. I want to thank in particular Jim Mason from the Landcare group, who is now a recently elected councillor, for the thousands of hours he put in and the local police that put in hundreds of volunteer hours, particularly Sergeant Grant Langmaid. Congratulations to all.

GEELONG PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE HELPS TO GROW LOCAL JOBS

The Andrews Labor Government’s $37.5 million Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC)redevelopment will provide employment and training opportunities to some of Geelong’s most disadvantaged job-seekers. Member for Geelong Christine Couzens, Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville and Member for Lara John Eren today joined Kane Construction at the site of the redevelopment to mark the start of demolition works and announce that Kane will be joining the G21 Region Opportunities for Work initiative. GROW was launched in 2016 by Give Where You Live Foundation and the G21 Region Alliance and supported by $1 million from the Labor Government’s Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund. It connects businesses to job-seekers in areas of high unemployment rates. In signing up to the program, Kane Constructions joins a wide range of organisations and businesses working together to reduce unemployment and tackle social and economic disadvantage in the Geelong region. The Labor Government’s GPAC Redevelopment will transform the 36-year-old arts centre inside and out– with a striking new and accessible entrance, expanded facilities, and new foyers, bars, rehearsal studios and creative development spaces. The project is expected to create more than 100 local jobs and be a major driver of the revitalisation of Geelong’s CBD and economic growth in the region.

GEELONG PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE HELPS TO GROW LOCAL JOBS

The Andrews Labor Government’s $37.5 million Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC)redevelopment will provide employment and training opportunities to some of Geelong’s most disadvantaged job-seekers. Member for Geelong Christine Couzens, Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville and Member for Lara John Eren today joined Kane Construction at the site of the redevelopment to mark the start of demolition works and announce that Kane will be joining the G21 Region Opportunities for Work initiative. GROW was launched in 2016 by Give Where You Live Foundation and the G21 Region Alliance and supported by $1 million from the Labor Government’s Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund. It connects businesses to job-seekers in areas of high unemployment rates. In signing up to the program, Kane Constructions joins a wide range of organisations and businesses working together to reduce unemployment and tackle social and economic disadvantage in the Geelong region. The Labor Government’s GPAC Redevelopment will transform the 36-year-old arts centre inside and out– with a striking new and accessible entrance, expanded facilities, and new foyers, bars, rehearsal studios and creative development spaces. The project is expected to create more than 100 local jobs and be a major driver of the revitalisation of Geelong’s CBD and economic growth in the region.