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