Tuesday, 2 October 2018

The Lions Club of Inverloch and District has secured vital funding through Pick My Project – the Andrews Labor Government’s ground-breaking program that gives locals the power to choose the projects their community needs.

Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing today announced The Lions Club of Inverloch and District will receive $200,000 to construct the Inverloch Community Sound Shell.

It is one of 23 projects across Gippsland that will receive funding through the $30 million, Victorian-first initiative.

Other local projects to receive funding include:

Cape Woolamai $195,000 Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club Community Area Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club Incorporated Upgrade and update Woolamai Beach SLSC’s community and training area
Wonthaggi $50,500 YES Youth Hub Resource Acquisition Bass Coast Health Establishing a home for youth in Bass Coast
Cowes $44,500 Renewing our kids future Energy Innovation Co-operative Installing solar panels to save energy and teach kids.
Inverloch $200,000 Inverloch Community Sound Shell Lions Club of Inverloch & District A dedicated outdoor community entertainment Hub
Wonthaggi $198,429 Rail Trail Illumination Project Wonthaggi Neighbourhood Centre at Mitchell House Inc. Wonthaggi Rail Trail Illumination project will provide safety and connectivity
Cowes $111,000 Inclusive Sensory Play Space Cowes Primary School & Early Learning Centre Inclusive play space to meet the sensory needs of children.
Wonthaggi $99,000 Wonthaggi’s Hidden Gem – Recreation and Ecosystems for the Future South Gippsland Conservation Society Inc A Community Project for Recreation and Restoring Habitat Resilience.
Warragul $60,000 Marble Alley Redevelopment Warragul North Primary School Rejuvenation of 50 year old play space.
Warragul $40,000 Playground re-surfacing Warragul North Primary School Re-surfacing of an existing playground with “rubbertough” to improve safety.
Warragul $48,500 Sustainable food relief for families in the Baw Baw Shire Baw Baw Combined Churches Food Relief Create extra rooms by building a mezzanine floor
Lakes Entrance $196,000 Community Off Lead Dog Park Lakes Grain Shed Off lead secure dog park in a bush setting.
Lakes Entrance $177,456 Lakes Entrance Fitness Trail (LEFT) Gippsland Lakes Community Health Providing quality fitness circuit suitable for all ages and abilities
Boolarra $37,000 Purchase of a mobile stage for the Boolarra Folk Festival Boolarra Folk Festival To use the stage for the festival and other events
Traralgon $84,258 Live at Spectrum Gippsland Focused Music Television Program Auspicious Arts Projects A live streaming television program showcasing the music of Gippsland.
Morwell $55,144 Mental Health education in Latrobe Valley secondary schools Traralgon Community Development Association Accredited  Mental Health First Aid training for teenagers and adults
Fish Creek $198,134 OSCA – The Fish Creek  Community Composta ! Buckley Park Community Farm inc

Community using environmental waste to create a sustainable resource.

Korumburra $120,000 Southern Lights Korumburra Business Association To create a “Southern Lights” attraction in Korumburra, South Gippsland.
Foster $27,825 Pearl Park Music Festival Manna Gum Community House Inc Inaugural Pearl Park Music Festival in Foster, celebrating local community.
Mirboo North $199,000 Mirboo North Community Op Shop Mirboo Country Development Inc. Purchase a retail premises for use by community groups
Mirboo North $193,897 Mirboo North Splash Park Friends of the Mirboo North Swimming Pool Incorporated Fun in the sun through interactive water play experiences.
Mirboo North $41,910 Quality Bench Seating and Picnic Table Seating Mirboo Country Development Incorporation Large improvement on the number of seats around the Reserve.
Yarram $31,866 A warmer pool for Yarram (let’s break the ice!) Wellington Shire Council The first step towards a year-round pool for Yarram
Sale $25,000 Food Trailer The Salvation Army A food trailer to feed our local homeless community

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

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing

We have seen a massive community response to Pick My Project with a huge number or brilliant local ideas being put forward, and I’m absolutely delighted that the funded initiatives will deliver such diverse, inclusive and grass-roots benefits right across our region.”

“Pick My Project will make a real difference in Gippsland and right across the state – and the process of giving locals the power to choose the projects their communities need has been incredibly positive.”