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 www.sport.vic.gov.au

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. (www.bsafebellarine.com.au)

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

lisa.neville@parliament.vic.gov.au
Twitter@Lisanevillemp Ph: 5250 1987