13 February 2018

Speech: Stronger Communities Program

The Stronger Communities Program is such an important local program, initiated by the Turnbull government for local communities. Last month it was my pleasure to visit the Apollo Bay Aquatic Centre to announce a $20,000 grant to help fund the installation of new pool heating.

This is part of a larger $400,000 project to upgrade and construct an indoor pool by enclosing the pool and heating it all year around, an incredibly important project. I also visited the Kennett River Association, which received $20,000 to construct a wildlife walk at the wonderful Kennett River township. This will also be a great community asset.

I want to congratulate the other recipients: the Barwon Heads Fine Music Society, which got $5,000; the Birregurra Preschool for backyard improvements; Colac scouts, for a new hall roof; the Colac Woodcrafters Guild; the East Belmont Saints Baseball club, which received $20,000; Fairhaven Lifesaving Club, which received some money to upgrade its nippers amenities area; the Linton and District Men’s Shed; the Ocean Grove Tennis Club; the Rokewood Football and Netball Club, which received $10,000 for a kitchen rooms upgrade; the Shelford Progress Association; and the Warrion Cricket Club, which received just over $7,000.

This is, as I said, an incredibly important program to build stronger communities. I sincerely congratulate all Corangamite groups for their wonderful success.