Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville today announced that the Spring Dells Boardwalk 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 Drysdale Clifton Springs Community Association, working in partnership with the City of Greater Geelong, will receive $200,000 to construct the boardwalk to provide safe walking access around the picturesque but difficult to access area.

Ms Neville said the boardwalk will also provide the opportunity for interpretive signage that will inform visitors of the areas cultural and more recent history.

The Dell has a great history, as it was a former operational springs site that was popular for visitors in a bygone era, Ms Neville said.

This boardwalk will ensure the area is again bought back to life for both locals and tourists alike, she said.

I’m very pleased the boardwalk has been successful and congratulate the Drysdale Clifton Springs Community Association for their efforts in securing this funding, Ms Neville said.

It’s 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.
  • Construction of an All Abilities walking track at the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve
  • Outdoor gym equipment along the foreshore at Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale.

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 pickmyproject.vic.gov.au.