Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville today announced that the construction of an all abilities track through Ocean Grove Nature reserve has secured funding through Pick My Project – the Andrews State Government’s ground breaking program that gives locals the power to choose the projects their community needs.

Ms Neville announced the Conservation Volunteers of Australia had been awarded $144,690 to construct and upgrade the track which will wind through the local nature reserve.

The existing track can be slippery and is narrow in spots so the new track will allow everyone, of all abilities ,to enjoy a walk along a beautiful part of the Bellarine Ms Neville said.

I take this opportunity to congratulate the local members of the Conservation Volunteers on this great project.

The path is one of four projects across the Bellarine that will receive funding through the $30 million, Victorian-first initiative.

Other local projects to receive funding are

  • Lighting for the Collendina Sports Ground.
  • Installation of outdoor gym equipment in Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale
  • Construction of a Spring Dell Board walk, in Clifton Springs.

Through the $30 million Pick My Project initiative, Victorian residents aged 16 and over were given the opportunity to submit their idea for a project or program that made their community a better place to live.

People were then given the chance to vote for their favourite project. More than 95,000 Victorians cast votes, with successful projects receiving grants of between $20,000 and $200,000.

More than 230 projects across Melbourne and regional Victoria received funding through Pick My Project, with funding divided equally between Melbourne and regional Victoria based on the population of each of the six metropolitan and nine regional partnership areas.

To ensure a range of small and large communities had the opportunity to be part of Pick My Project, no more than 50 per cent of a partnership areas funding was awarded to one local government area.

A full list of successful projects is available at