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.
of Greater Geelong’s Proposed Budget 2020-21 features a wide variety of capital projects for the Bellarine
Barwon Heads to Portarlington and from St Leonards to Newcomb, the budget
includes initiatives that benefit all corners of the ward.
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.
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.
Council funding for the project will be allocated in coming years, to support a
$10 million commitment from the Federal Government.
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
access will be improved across the region, with a second year of funding
directed to the Bellarine Enhanced Broadband initiative ($610,000).
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.
allow City facilities – such as the Potato Shed and children’s centres – to
access ultra-high-speed internet.
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
- The Drysdale Regional Community and Learning
Hub ($200,000), which will replace the existing library and senior citizens
- 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
Proposed Budget can be viewed online at www.yoursay.geelongaustralia.com.au or a hard copy is available upon request.
are invited and will be received until Tuesday 26 May.
Mayor Stephanie Asher
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.
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
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
Cr Trent Sullivan
Bellarine ward councillors have been passionately advocating for a fair slice
of the funding to the Bellarine Peninsula while putting together this proposed
funding covers a wide range of facilities and services that will benefit
generations to come.
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
Enhanced Broadband installation - $610,000
Reserve (Newcomb) master plan - $425,000
Recreation Reserve sports lighting - $250,000
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
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