Monday, 25 June 2018

People in Gippsland have more time to put forward their great local ideas for funding, with the deadline for the Andrews Labor Government’s Pick My Project initiative extended to 8 July.

The Victorian first, $30 million initiative gives every Victorian over the age of 16 the opportunity to come up with a project idea that will make their community a better place, as well as the money to deliver it.

Through the program, communities across Victoria will have access to the project funds, with a minimum of $1 million guaranteed per partnership area.

With just a few simple criteria, great community ideas could receive funding of $20,000 to $200,000 to get off the ground.

Applicants submit an idea that helps build a stronger community – with the backing of a local organisation, community group, school, local council, or other eligible group – and the project could come to life within a year.

The simple application process takes less than half-an-hour and can be completed online at

When all applications are in and assessed, they will be published online in August and that’s when applicants can start encouraging friends and neighbours to vote for their project and other favourites.

For more information go to, call 1800 797 818 or visit

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing

 “There is a lot of buzz about Pick My Project in Gippsland so we’re giving local communities more time to submit their ideas.”

“We’ve had almost 500 people attend our information sessions and 500 calls to our hotline across Victoria – we know that there are great ideas ready to come to life.”

“We want to hear from young people, sporting clubs, community groups, schools, everyone who is active and involved in Gippsland – because they know better than anyone what is needed.”