Federal Member for Flinders Greg Hunt said he was thrilled to announce successful projects under Round One of the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Program.
“In total, we were able to grant 19 local groups with funding in Round One. This is a great result for the community,” Mr Hunt said.
The Disabled Surfers Association was one of the successful applicants to receive funding through the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities grant program.
“I am delighted that the Disabled Surfers Association Mornington Peninsula Branch will be able to construct an all-abilities boardwalk at Point Leo thanks to their $10,000 grant,” Mr Hunt said.
“This grant will enable the Disabled Surfers Association to construct an all-abilities boardwalk from the Surf Life Saving Club down to the beach.”
Disabled Surfers Association Mornington Peninsula Branch committee member John Bowers said the boardwalk would allow people of all abilities to access and enjoy the beach.
“Many of us take for granted the ability to access and enjoy the beach,” Mr Bowers said.
“This boardwalk will provide all-abilities access to the beach for the whole community.
“When completed, this will be one of the few beaches on the Mornington Peninsula to have all-abilities access.”
Mr Bowers said the boardwalk would provide all-hours access for people with mobility issues and would also make it easier for life savers to get emergency access to the beach.
“It will assist with our disabled surf event days at Point Leo, which attract up to 130 surfers,” Mr Bowers said.
“We are very pleased to have this support from the Federal Government, allowing more people to access beautiful Point Leo beach.”
Mr Hunt said community groups in the electorate were sharing in grants of $150,000 per year over the next two years through the Coalition Government’s Stronger Communities program.
“The grants fund small capital projects that deliver social benefits to a variety of groups by supporting participation and contributing to the vibrancy and viability of our local community,” Mr Hunt said.
“Congratulations to all the groups that secured grants through Round One of the Stronger Communities Program.
“I look forward to seeing local projects taking shape across the electorate as a result of this terrific initiative.
“I expect to make announcements about successful grants through Round Two of the Stronger Communities Program in the second half of the year.”
Successful Round One projects include:
• Disabled Surfers Association $10,000 – all-abilities boardwalk at Point Leo
• Hastings Bowling Club $8,000 – installation of solar panels
• Hastings Preschool $8,000 – to upgrade playground equipment
• Tyabb Preschool $5,000 – to upgrade playground equipment
• Somers Preschool $7,000 – to upgrade playground equipment
• Rotary Club of Somerville Tyabb $7,000 – Tyabb Central Reserve BBQ, shelter, picnic tables and chairs
• Dromana Foreshore Committee $6,000 – installation of a fitness station on the foreshore made from recycled plastic
• Catani Football Club $8,000 – installation of drainage, goal posts and fencing
• Mount Martha Lifesaving Club $6,000 – installation of a public address system to communicate events and emergency warnings
• Safety Beach Coastguard $16,000 – upgrading and repair of search and rescue vessel and trailer
• Peninsula Training and Employment Program $9,000 – shade sails and solar panels
• Italian Seniors Social Club Dromana $6,000 – kitchen replacement and air-conditioning
• Sorrento Bowls Club $5,000 – upgrade to seating
• Rosebud Toy Library $5,057 – child-sized furniture, couches, rugs, white goods, computer and printer
• Main Ridge Pony Club $8,000 – upgrade of arena, water jump and fencing repairs
• Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association $8,564 – installation of pergola, blinds, child-proof fencing, pizza oven, BBQ and children’s furniture
• San Remo Foreshore Committee of Management $6,000 – new staircase
• Hastings Police Senior Citizens $8,000 – new vehicle for home welfare checks
• Lang Lang Scouts $8,000 – scout hall restoration