Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville has applauded the 2017/18 State Budget stating that it has delivered significant funding for education health, emergency services and roads on the Bellarine Peninsula.

As local MP I have worked hard  to secure this funding for the Bellarine  because  I know when meeting with local people, community organizations , schools and businesses  across the peninsula it is these priority areas that are always raised with me , Ms Neville said.

This Budget makes sure families on the Bellarine have access to first class schools, better local roads, access to jobs and to the quality health care and emergency services   they deserve, Ms Neville added.

Of course, the Bellarine will also benefit from the numerous budget announcements made for the wider Geelong region, Ms Neville concluded.    

The Budget delivered for the Bellarine in:


  • $1.3 million for Surfside Primary School to upgrade and modernise classroom facilities
  • $600,000 for Moolap Primary for upgraded facilities and
  • $400,000 for Wallington Primary to upgrade facilities.
  • $172 million State wide making 30 priority TAFE and pre apprenticeship courses free.
  • $2.8 million for Geelong Project providing extra help to those students at risk of dropping out of school or becoming homeless.

Emergency Services

  • Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club $1.2 million, in addition to previous $2.7 million, to rebuild club facilities.
  • Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club, $500,000 to refurbish clubrooms.
  • Leopold CFA Station, $800,000  to expand or relocate current station


  • Establishment of a Mental Health Crisis Hubs at Emergency Department in Geelong Hospital , providing better services and freeing up police and emergency department personnel.
  • Bellarine Community Health will receive $106,092 to expand its in-home palliative care services.
  • Establishment of 30 bed Residential Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Facility.


  • $500,00 for commencement of planning for an upgraded Grubb Road
  • $600,000 for planning for Portarlington to Queenscliff Road widening and shoulder sealing works

Sport and Recreation

  • $860, 000 to Ocean Grove Tennis Club for clubroom and court upgrades to incorporate “all abilities access”.
  • $500,000 to seal the Bellarine Rail Trail between Moolap Station Road and Melaluka Road.

Neighbourhood Houses

  • Increase in co-ordination funding for Ocean Grove, Portarlington and Queenscliff Neighbourhood Houses. (Extra 5 hours funding per week per facility.)


  • Replenishing sand on Portarlington beach to increase its width as part of $8.6 million Protecting Port Phillip Bay Program.