Bellarine electorate neighbourhood houses

We all have neighbourhood houses in our electorates. In my case I am very lucky to have five, with one new house being established. We have the Bellarine Living and Learning Centre in Whittington, the Ocean Grove Neighbourhood Centre and the SpringDale Neighbourhood Centre in Drysdale, where I spent three years as the coordinator prior to standing for election. We also have the Queenscliffe and District Neighbourhood House and the Portarlington Neighbourhood House — the most recent, which has gone from strength to strength. Recently the Leopold community has come together and commenced the process of establishing a Leopold neighbourhood house, which will be fantastic for this growing community.

As I said, I have worked in neighbourhood houses, and was also the chair of the Barwon Network of Neighbourhood Centres, so I have a very strong belief in the role of neighbourhood houses in our community. During our time in government we funded Ocean Grove, increased funding to Bellarine Living and Learning, Queenscliffe and Drysdale and also commenced the funding of Portarlington.

I was pleased recently to join with the Barwon Network of Neighbourhood Centres and representatives from the board of Portarlington to sign the support pledge for neighbourhood houses. I indicated I would continue to be an advocate for what they do. I also accepted hundreds of petitions in support of growing neighbourhood houses. Unfortunately they have not been able to be tabled, but I want to acknowledge the support in our community for neighbourhood houses.