Coordinator’s News – September

Every now and then I get a chance to help someone personally, be it through some knowledge that I already have, or some research that we do together or whatever is needed. These times are very special to me and I love being able to do this. The personal one to one interactions ensures that I stay very grounded and have knowledge of community needs and goals. Thank you to everyone who gives me this opportunity and thank you to the SpringDale team who also help to deliver this one to one service.

Usually I learn a great deal through helping someone else, sometimes there are very unexpected learnings but there is always learning. I love learning. I’m not sure how else to say it. Some things are easier for me to learn than others. I know I learn better through listening and conversation, then I can back it up with reading and discovery and even role play.

Mostly I need to learn in waves or layers. I need to have some initial information to outline the whole picture and then I need to build upon this initial information and keep building. Through every conversation and through every interaction helps me to build my understanding and then the next step for me is to try to inform people and I definitely learn from that. Perhaps it helps the information to engage both sides of my brain and thus make it mine.

Knowing how you learn, knowing what helps you to remember, knowing how you receive information the most effectively, are all so important and I wish I knew all these things earlier but then I wouldn’t have known how special this information is. I now carry my iPad with me – it allows me to take notes that I can print out, without retyping and they are all there in date order – it becomes my extra memory.

During September we will be celebrating Adult Learners Week at SpringDale from 1- 8 September there will be special activities happening – please take the time to ring SpringDale and register that you would like to be informed of our special activities – ring 03 5253 1960 or Text your name and that you’d like to be on our keep informed list to SpringDale’s new mobile number 0416 450 534 or email and we’ll be in touch.

Learning helps me stay happy. I was asked the other day Do you get ‘me’ time? I reflected quickly and responded with I’m lucky enough to do what I love. I love focusing on vision for SpringDale and the other groups that I am involved in but I am equally comfortable looking at finances, cooking, washing dishes or taking out the rubbish. Unfortunately I don’t have a bucket list – I have been lucky enough to be able to do things I’ve wanted to do.

I read a quote recently Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. Mahatma Gandhi. This quote rings true with me, through life lessons, I have become very comfortable with its sentiment and intention. My life’s motto of finding fun in all I do is also in harmony with this quote and maybe it’s a philosophy.

Looking forward to seeing you during Adult Learners’ Week or at some other time.

Anne Brackley
Coordinator SpringDale Neighbourhood
Centre for the SpringDale team

News from Lisa Neville MP – September

My Electorate Office has moved to Leopold.

Recently my local electorate office moved from Newcomb to the Leopold Shopping Centre, on the corner of Melaluka and the Queenscliff Roads. The move was necessary as my previous office, due to electoral boundary changes, was no longer situated within the Bellarine electorate.

Of course the location of my office may have changed but not its work. As your local member I have always placed great emphasis on not only myself being accessible to local residents, but also that of my office. And with my ministerial duties seeing some more of my time spent in the Parliament and Melbourne my local office staff play a vital role in servicing the needs of residents and organisations.

In a practical sense my office can assist with matters as they relate broadly to State Government matters. In addition services such as the witnessing of statutory declarations and arranging congratulatory messages for milestone birthdays and anniversaries are also provided.

On a day to day basis my office staff work closely with many organisations, clubs and businesses across the Bellarine and as such can also be a good starting point if you are seeking information or contact with an organisation.

So please feel free to contact my office if you have a matter that relates to the State Government or where you believe we can be of assistance.

Travel Grants Available for Local Athletes

Local athletes, coaches, officials and teams can currently apply for funding from the latest round of the Victorian Government’s Athlete Pathway Travel Grants Program, which closes on August 28.

Athletes, coaches and officials often need to travel long distances to competitions or training camps and the grants are designed to remove the cost barrier of travel and accommodation.

State sporting associations can apply for grants of up to $6000 for teams, or $2000 for individual athletes for travel to compete at national championships or selection trials.

Local clubs can also apply for up to two grants per funding round of $750 each to assist athletes, coaches, officials and teams with the travel costs of training and competition.

The Athlete Pathway Travel Grants Program is part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to make sport more accessible and inclusive, increase local participation, stimulate local economies, and build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities.

For more information go to

I encourage local athletes, coaches, officials and teams to apply online for the next round of Athlete Pathway Travel Grants Program.

Bellarine Community Safety Group

The Bellarine Community Safety Group continues to meet on a regular basis to address safety and policing matters here on the Bellarine.

As I have noted in previous editions, the group is made up of local police command, a representative from each Bellarine community and is co-chaired by Assistant Commissioner for Police Tess Walsh and myself.

In recent times the group has been instrumental in establishing and now managing the Bellarine focussed “BSafe” website. (

The purpose of the website is to “act as a community safety and crime prevention information hub to keep residents and visitors to the Bellarine Peninsula informed on matters of community safety. To do this, reputable sources such as Victoria Police Eyewatch, Country Fire Authority, Surf Life Saving Victoria and Neighbourhood Watch Facebook pages are being utilised to keep the Bellarine up to date.”

If you would like more information please go to the website or contact my office.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me by email or call my office if there are any matters that I may be able to assist you with directly.

Hon Lisa Neville MP
Member for Bellarine
Twitter@Lisanevillemp Ph: 5250 1987

Coordinator’s News – July

It is so important to enjoy what you are doing. Having the right mindset to enable you to enjoy your time, your tasks and the people around you is so important to finding satisfaction and being able to enjoy your life.

Have you ever been so absorbed by an activity that time just flies by and you achieve what you set out to do? Luckily this happens to me all the time. But it doesn’t happen by accident. I make a decision to enjoy what I am doing. I try to find the part of the job I am about to start that is going to allow me to look back on it and know it is done and hopefully it is done to the best of my ability.

Over the years I have written about my motto, “Finding the fun in all I do”. This continues to help me along the journey that I am taking. I love finding the fun in anything. The fun may be finding the pattern that I have seen. The fun may include designing a system to help other people to be able to achieve great results. The fun may be being able to understand something that you didn’t understand before.

The fun might be being able to laugh at a mistake you have made. Last month I tried to help my son write whipper snipper for an ad in the Messenger to see if someone might have a whipper snipper that they weren’t using and could donate to Drysdale Train Station. Today I found out from another Drysdale Train volunteer that I spelt the words incorrectly but a local has already answered the call and offered a whipper snipper – although I spelt it wiper sniper.

Another way that I have fun is through learning something new – I love learning new facts and love being able to use that knowledge especially if I can use that knowledge to help others. The reverse of this is – I find it difficult to be around negative people. In the past I would try to let negative words and ideas wash past me but it always had an effect.

Those who know me, know I’m not perfect. I am very human – I couldn’t even spell whipper snipper properly but I keep trying and that’s why my motto is written the way it is Finding the fun ….. it doesn’t say I can or I will.

I am enjoying my journey – I’m not sure what the destination will be but I am looking forward to finding fun along the way, meeting wonderful people, enjoying creative food, art, literature and ideas and learning how to master tasks that I am good at and finding people to help with tasks that I’m not good at and having the wisdom to know the difference.

Looking forward to meeting with you at SpringDale or somewhere else,

Anne Brackley
 for the SpringDale Team

PS Thank you for all your best wishes and congratulations

News from Lisa Neville MP – July

New Supercare Pharmacy Opening Soon in Bellarine

I am pleased to report that a new “Supercare Pharmacy” is about to open in Curlewis so people on the Bellarine can get the health care and advice they need from pharmacists and nurses late at night. Curlewis Pharmacy 4 Less, in Centennial Boulevard Curlewis, is one of seven pharmacies across Victoria that will open 24-hours-a-day, every day from 30 June, with a nurse on site from 6pm – 10pm daily.

Victoria’s first five 24-hour Supercare Pharmacies were open mid last year in various suburbs of Melbourne and have helped thousands of people in that time.

The development and opening of these new Supercare Pharmacies are a State Government election commitment to provide round-the clock access to pharmacists for advice, supply of medicines and dispensing prescriptions.

A nurse will be on site from 6pm to 10pm to provide face to face health advice and treatment for minor injuries or illness. The free nursing service also assists with wound management, physical assessment, flu and whooping cough immunisations, health screening, sexual advice and referrals to other services.

Supercare Pharmacies do not replace doctors, but give families another option and the peace of mind of knowing 24 hour care is on hand and closer to home.” It also gives people on the Bellarine an alternative to going into Geelong’s busy emergency department for minor injury or illness. This is a great initiative and I look forward to the Supercare Pharmacy’s 24 hour opening on June 30.

 Vic Roads Drysdale Bypass

It’s great to see that work is nearing finalisation on the $3 million upgrade of High Street Drysdale. The works are designed to make pedestrian, vehicle and bike traffic flow safer and more efficient through the town centre. Works have included surface widening to add a new bike lane, new crossings and refuge islands, a new 40km safe school zone and lighting upgrades.

I am also pleased to note that VicRoads have just completed another round of public consultations with regards to further planning for the bypass.

In addition, I was happy to convene a meeting with VicRoads and representatives of the Drysdale Clifton Springs Community Association to discuss their views and ideas relating to the bypass, including the Grubb and Jetty Roads intersection.

VicRoads are committed to ensuring all local views and ideas are sought in their ongoing planning for the bypass.

Drysdale Sports Precinct

Major construction works are now underway to build the new sports precinct in Drysdale.

Lisa Neville on Monday June 5 announced that Porter Plant has been awarded the contract to develop the Drysdale sports precinct, creating a new home for the Soccer, Football and Cricket Clubs. The State Government is providing $3.5 million to deliver a premier football and cricket oval and multi-use fields that will cater for soccer and other sporting codes, as well as use for community events.

The works will also include new lighting, cricket nets, car parking and a relocatable pavilion that is planned to be replaced with a permanent facility in the future. The new oval and fields are on track to be ready in 2018.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me by email or call my office if there are any matters that I may be able to assist you with directly.

Hon Lisa Neville MP
Member for Bellarine
Twitter: @LisaNevilleMP

Ph: 5248-3462

Coordinator’s News – June

Thanks to everyone who responded to the last messenger. I was told that for each response there are 1000 other people who thought it but just didn’t quite get around to sending the feedback.

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve had time to take a breath, Projects we had been working on are finished and there seems to be a few minutes to stop and “smell the roses”.

When you think about the last 12 months and the changes at SpringDale – they have been huge but we’ve been able to maintain all the good things as well.

The new kitchen is fantastic and being used for so many different foods. We are about to introduce Indonesian cooking and Moroccan is coming back. During this slower period it has given us time to tidy up paperwork and even find time to rest a little ready for the next wave of activity. I continue to have the dream of a project in which the community is connected.

We’ve been chasing a grant to assist with this for a number of years and now it’s time to ask the community to help. We have set up a tax deductable charitable trust for this with a goal of $5000. The money will help us to create the frame work for this to be successful. It’s about neighbourhoods getting to know neighbours.

Why is this important? About 4 years ago on the Friday before the long weekend it was just on 5pm and we were all about to run out the door ready for the break, when the phone rang. It was a lady in Dubai she was ringing to ask for help. Her daughter and granddaughter were in Clifton Springs and both were ill and needed food (they’d run out) and support. They didn’t know their neighbours and so couldn’t ask them. They rang us to help and we did, but ever since then I’ve had this project in mind to help neighbours get to know each other.

The other part of the project is to help our local businesses to get other people through their doors for coffee or tea. The project involves invitations that people can put in their neighbour’s letter box inviting them to a get to meet you Morning/Afternoon tea at a local Café/Restaurant and perhaps one of the pair (or both) ringing SpringDale to celebrate the interaction and use of a voucher at the Café/Restaurant to gain a discount which is then subsidized by this project.

SpringDale would create a map of people who had interacted. We would have a map for each town on the Bellarine and as interactions occur a network would be drawn of first, second third fourth interactions of different colours and hopefully within a year we would have a wonderfully colourful interconnected web of meetings and good conversations and something like the catalyst for this project wouldn’t ever happen again because we would know our neighbours!

Yours sincerely

Anne Brackley

for the SpringDale Team

Letters to the Editor – June

Bogus Telstra Phone Calls

  • “I recently had two phone calls from a gentleman claiming to be from the Telstra Technical Department telling me I had a problem with my internet connection and it would be disconnected for 90 days. I phoned Telstra who informed me that the technical department will never phone a customer and the only time they will suspend an account is if the account is in arrears.”
    Pam – Drysdale

    “Dear Anne, What an inspirational piece, Coordinator’s News is in this month’s SpringDale Messenger. Fantastic and it should be compulsory reading for secondary school students contemplating their futures. Seriously! Well done and thank you.”
    Jenny Gibbs – Portarlington

“Good Morning,
Just a brief message to let you know that the Merry Widow event was very successful, with an almost full house. I am sure the fact that you publicised the event very nicely in the May edition of The Messenger contributed to yesterday’s success. On behalf of the Uniting Church, thank you for the publicity.”
Barry Ruler – Uniting Church

If you would like to write a letter to the SpringDale editor to have your voice heard in the community, please send your articles to


News from Lisa Neville MP – June

New Ambulance Services for the Bellarine and Geelong

I was recently pleased to be joined by the Minster for Health Jill Hennessy in announcing a new ambulance for the Bellarine Peninsula. The ambulance will be based initially at Bellarine and then Swan Bay when a new station is completed there in 2018. It will have seven extra full time paramedics assigned to it.

In addition, Geelong is also receiving a new 24 hour ambulance, staffed by 14 extra full time paramedics. These services are part of 450 additional paramedics and 13 new ambulances being introduced by the State Government across Victoria. These new services are most welcomed as they will mean accident and medical emergencies on the Bellarine and Geelong will be responded to even quicker than in the past.

State Budget 2017/18 Delivers for the Bellarine

On the 2nd of May the State Treasurer Tim Pallas handed down this year’s State Budget which I am pleased to note included a number of significant investments which will benefit people and communities across the Bellarine. These include:

  • Upgrade to the Bellarine Bus Network to continue the service to Portarlington
  • $3.22m for Leopold Primary School
  • $211,000 for Queenscliff Primary School
  • $1.5m for an upgrade to the Point Lonsdale Life Saving Club
  • Extra police for the region
  • $210 million for upgrade to the Geelong and Warrnambool rail line
  • $50 million to double the First Home Owner Grant to $20,000 for new homes in regional areas, which will help many locals to buy their first home.
  • A payroll tax cut of 25% for all businesses operating substantially in regional Victoria benefitting around 4,000 businesses

State Government Funding for Celtic Festival

In April I was pleased to announce that the Celtic Festival for 2017 has received State Government funding of $35,000 through the Regional Events Fund. I congratulate Festival Director Una McAlinden and her team in securing this funding and for the tireless work in making the festival the ongoing success it is.

The festival is now regarded as Australia’s premier Celtic festival and attracts around 15,000 people to the region. For local businesses this is a welcome boost at what is usually a quieter time of the year for visitors.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me by email or call my office if there are any matters that I may be able to assist you with directly.

Hon Lisa Neville MP
Member for Bellarine
Twitter: @LisaNevilleMP

Ph: 5248-3462

Coordinator’s News – May

Dear friends and those yet to be friends,

Themes are becoming part of the Messenger structure, last month it was service and this month it is education, June will be about heritage, July will be about finding fun in what you do and August will be about Science. If you have an idea you would like to share under any of these upcoming themes – please submit it to I think a theme helps to take ideas and push them in various directions. Who knows what will happen next?

My life has had a number of different learning chapters – most of which I have written for myself some seem to have been started for me but I have finished them once I realised where I was heading. Learnings have been gained along the way and I have loved the feelings those learnings have stirred inside me making me ready for the next adventure.

When I was about 8 years old my Brownie Leader Mrs Bigmore sat with me and patiently helped me to do something I thought was impossible – tie a sheet bend knot for a Brownie challenge. Although the meeting only went for 1 1/2 hours, she seemed to sit with me for hours until I had success. She taught me patience and perseverance for success. I still use the rhyme she taught me to tie the knot and I share this with guides when I teach them. I have shared that skill with thousands of guides locally, nationally and all over the world.

When I was 17 Mrs Fawcett, the local Guide Commissioner asked me to reopen Drysdale Guides, I was overwhelmed and I was nervous, especially when the parents visited. I felt their eyes and ears on my every move and my every word – but they thanked us for the role we played in their girls’ lives. I realised I had the self-confidence to take risks and this was brought out by the confidence Mrs Fawcett saw in me and taught me to have faith in myself. I continue to be a Guide Leader with Drysdale Guides and this month I will complete 41 years as a leader in this voluntary role.

In my twenties I was a programmer for State Bank and believed I would be more effective as a trainer and asked to be transferred. Within a few weeks my role changed and my life became far more fulfilling. I learned to be true to my dreams and live with integrity. Once I had this role I celebrated having the best job in the State Bank and eventually in the Commonwealth Bank.

I’m so lucky to have had so many different learning experiences – during work on a child health project in Bangladesh, learning from my parents, learning on the job, learning as a volunteer – I don’t think there has been a day when I haven’t learned something – I love learning.

I love it when someone comes into SpringDale and I can draw on my experience to answer the question immediately but I love it even more when asked a question whose answer I don’t yet know but I say “Lets learn this together” and invest some time to find out the answer.

SpringDale has so many learning opportunities on offer – learning as a child or family through our Occasional Care Service, learning as a writer or advertiser in the Messenger, Directory or our Welcome Kit, learning as a student in our class or as the trainer for a class, learning as a member of one of our Groups or starting a new group as a leader/ facilitator, learning as a volunteer in the office or around SpringDale. We are all learning, the world is changing so quickly we have to keep our learning spirit pushing us along.

I love learning and I love finding fun in all I do.

Yours sincerely

Anne Brackley

for the SpringDale Team

News from Lisa Neville MP – May

State Government Sporting Grants Open

I am pleased to advise that a number of State Government Sporting Grants available to clubs have just opened.

The Community Sports Infrastructure Fund (CISF) contributes to the provision of high quality community sport facilities. Applications for this major fund can only be made through the City of Greater Geelong and thus clubs must be working with the council on their project.

Under the CISF significant grants are made available for major and minor facilities within a community.

  • The Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs grant provides clubs with an opportunity to acquire an automated defibrillator. This grant opened on the 24th of March and closes on the 3rd of May 2017.
  • The Country Football and Netball Program provides funding to assist football and netball clubs to develop facilities up to $100,000 and again application is through Council. This grant opens on the 15th of May and closes on 26th of July 2017
  • The Sporting Club Grants Program provides grants of up to $1000 to purchase uniforms and other essential equipment. In addition $2000 grants are available to improve skills of club coaches and administration staff and up to $5000 to allow clubs to strategically plan for the future or increase community participation. This grant opens on the 19th of June and closes the 19th of July.

Bellarine bSafe Website

In previous editions of the Springdale Messenger I have highlighted the important work of the Bellarine Community Safety Group (BCSG).

The BCSG is made up of community representatives from across the Bellarine and local police. I am very pleased to co-chair the group with Assistant Commissioner for Police Tess Walsh. Drysdale and Clifton Springs is represented by Rick Paradise of the Community Association and Anne Brackley of the SpringDale Neighbourhood House.

One initiative taken by the BCSG is the establishment of the Bellarine bsafe Website which Anne is now managing and I thank her for that important work. The site allows residents to access information on a range of community safety topics including personal, road and beach safety, as well as crime prevention tips. It also features live news feeds from a range of emergency services including Victoria Police and provides residents with a one-stop shop for all community safety advice. This website is a great resource for residents and visitors to get important, up-to-date information on safety within their community.

I encourage all residents to bookmark the new website so they can quickly and easily access the latest information about their area.

To access the bSafe website go to or click on the logo below

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me by email or call my office if there are any matters that I may be able to assist you with directly.

Hon Lisa Neville MP
Member for Bellarine
Twitter: @LisaNevilleMP

Ph: 5248-3462

Drysdale Clifton Springs Community Association – May

Members of the DCSCA committee participated in a meeting with VicRoads on 24th March chaired by Lisa Neville. VicRoads still intends to present its signalized option for the Jetty Road/Grubb Road Intersection in April but have agreed to assess DCSCA’s Roundabout Proposal.

VicRoads have since updated DCSCA with the following statement:- “VicRoads initial traffic modelling indicates that DCSCA’s proposal can theoretically accommodate the design traffic volumes, and further design work is being undertaken to confirm this is so.” Andrew Westcott Team Leader Projects VicRoads – South Western Projects

DCSCA believes that its proposal will be better in many ways.

  • It will be safer. Please note AusRoad’s Guide to Road Design Part 4B: Roundabouts” states – “A well-designed roundabout is the safest form of intersection control. Numerous ‘before and after’ type studies have shown that, in general, fewer motor vehicle crashes resulting in casualty crashes occur at roundabouts than at intersections containing traffic signals”.
  • The DCSCA proposal has approximately one third the number of vehicle-to-vehicle conflict points and should have approximately one third the number of injury crashes.
  • It will provide approximately 50% quicker travel times. DCSCA understands that for its signalized option, AusRoads predicts a Peak AM travel time in excess of 4 minutes for Jetty Road to the Geelong Road and a Peak PM travel time in excess of 3 minutes for Geelong Road to Jetty Road. DCSCA believes that, with its two-lane entry roundabouts with slip lanes option, these travel times will be at least 50% less and actually quicker than provided currently with the single lane entry roundabout.
  • It will have a lower environmental impact. Quicker travel times will mean vehicles will consume less fuel and the intersection will have lower carbon emissions.
  • It will not adversely impact on the ambience of Lake Lorne Reserve. There will not be a busy signalized intersection adjacent to the Reserve.
  • It will be safer for cyclists and pedestrians. It provides off road, shared paths and has less pedestrian-to-vehicle collision points.
  • It will provide safer ingress and egress for the Service Station. With VicRoads option, vehicles wishing to exit towards Geelong are required to execute a tight U turn, which will be difficult when towing a boat.

A map detailing DCSCA’s ideas is featured below

A map featuring Vic Road’s current plans is below

VicRoads actively seeks community feedback on these options and the bypass, via information stands (e.g. at shopping centres). You can have your say to VicRoads by emailing or by contacting the DCSCA at or via DCSCA’s post box at SpringDale.