Proposed Budget 2020-21 - Bellarine ward focus

Monday, 4 May 2020

The Bellarine Peninsula will reap the benefits of a Council plan to invest in infrastructure projects and initiatives that drive the region’s recovery from the COVID-19 emergency.

The City of Greater Geelong’s Proposed Budget 2020-21 features a wide variety of capital projects for the Bellarine Peninsula.

From Barwon Heads to Portarlington and from St Leonards to Newcomb, the budget includes initiatives that benefit all corners of the ward.

It includes commitments for sport and recreation facilities, children’s centres, arts and community hubs, shared trails, streetscape upgrades, coastal reserves and ultra-high-speed internet.

In welcome news for long-term advocates for a new swimming pool in the region, the proposed North Bellarine aquatic centre has been allocated $750,000.

Additional Council funding for the project will be allocated in coming years, to support a $10 million commitment from the Federal Government.

The recreation centre, which is slated for a still-to-be-confirmed site in Drysdale, is set to feature a 50-metre-long outdoor pool, hydrotherapy, gym and rehab facility.

Digital access will be improved across the region, with a second year of funding directed to the Bellarine Enhanced Broadband initiative ($610,000).

The City, in partnership with Deakin University and AARNET, is installing and running high capacity optical fibre along the Bellarine Rail Trail corridor from South Geelong train station to Queenscliff.

It will allow City facilities – such as the Potato Shed and children’s centres – to access ultra-high-speed internet.

Other community projects allocated funding in the Proposed Budget include:

  • Grinter Reserve (Newcomb) master plan stage one - $425,000
  • Portarlington Recreation Reserve sports lighting - $250,000
  • Beacon Point Reserve (Clifton Springs) shared trail - $250,000
  • The upgrade of the streetscape in St Leonards - $250,000
  • The Drysdale Regional Community and Learning Hub ($200,000), which will replace the existing library and senior citizens centre
  • South-east Bellarine coastal reserve strategy (Buckley Park and Lake Victoria) - $160,000
  • The Jetty Road Children’s and Community Hub ($150,000) in Curlewis
  • Leopold Football Club masterplan (Estuary Estate) - $150,000; and
  • St Leonards skate park design - $30,000

The Proposed Budget can be viewed online at or a hard copy is available upon request.

Submissions are invited and will be received until Tuesday 26 May.

Mayor Stephanie Asher

This is a strong draft budget that will bring certainty during what is a challenging time for all community members. The Bellarine Peninsula is well taken care of, with plenty of projects and facilities to look forward to, that will also bring local jobs and drive investment into our ward.
I’m particularly excited about the much-needed North Bellarine aquatic centre with a 50-metre long outdoor pool, streetscape improvements for St Leonards, an off-road path for Thirteenth Beach Road and a new Drysdale Regional Community and Learning Hub.

Cr Jim Mason

Council has been focused on delivering services, facilities and initiatives that the community has been asking for in an equitable and accessible manner, and I am pleased we three Bellarine councillors have achieved so much for our ward. Supporting the community through this time has been top of mind during the budget process.
These projects will no doubt give residents, clubs, businesses and organisations a real boost as we move to recover from the pandemic. The St Leonards skate park is a real highlight for me, and I encourage community members to see what’s on offer in their area and give feedback.

Cr Trent Sullivan

The Bellarine ward councillors have been passionately advocating for a fair slice of the funding to the Bellarine Peninsula while putting together this proposed budget. The funding covers a wide range of facilities and services that will benefit generations to come.
As a Portarlington resident, I’m pleased the Portarlington Recreation Reserve will be getting some much-needed sports lighting, and students and their families from Portarlington Primary School will be further protected with $50,000 worth of road safety measures.




North Bellarine aquatic centre - $750,000

Bellarine Enhanced Broadband installation - $610,000

Grinter Reserve (Newcomb) master plan - $425,000

Portarlington Recreation Reserve sports lighting - $250,000

Beacon Point Reserve (Clifton Springs) shared trail - $250,000

St Leonards streetscape improvements - $250,000

Drysdale Sporting Precinct master plan - $215,000

Drysdale regional community and learning hub - $200,000

South-east Bellarine coastal reserve strategy - $160,000

Jetty Road (Curlewis) Children’s and Community Hub - $150,000

Leopold Football Club masterplan (Estuary Estate) - $150,000

Clifton Springs Golf Club landslide remediation - $100,000

Portarlington Senior Citizens building parking - $100,000

Potato Shed facility renewal - $63,000

Barwon Heads Arts and Community Hub - $60,000

Collendina Reserve facility upgrade - $60,000

Portarlington Recreation Reserve master plan - $50,000

Portarlington Primary School road safety measures - $50,000

Ocean Grove Cricket Club playing surface upgrade - $50,000

St Leonards skate park - $30,000

Estuary Reserve (Leopold) sports lighting - $22,500

Page last updated: Friday, 5 June 2020