Queenscliff Hub funding announcement

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Cr Merriman 2018 web 150Council welcomes the recent announcement by Federal Member for Corangamite, the Hon. Sarah Henderson MP, confirming the Borough of Queenscliffe’s successful funding application for the Queenscliff Hub project.

The Federal funding will add to contributions from the State Government’s Living Libraries Program and Community Support Fund, along with funding from Council, toward the successful completion of the Queenscliff Hub.

The Queenscliff Hub is a project that offers substantial economic and social benefits for our region. It recognises the importance of the Queenscliff Historical Museum, Queenscliffe Visitor Information Centre and Queenscliff Library in the preservation and promotion of our maritime, military and cultural heritage.

A funding collaboration between all three levels of government is a very appropriate result for a project that has collaboration at its heart. Council looks forward to working with all stakeholders to ensure a great result for the Borough of Queenscliffe community.

Urgent need for waste management intervention

Many ratepayers will be aware that the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) recently issued notices requiring SKM Services Pty Ltd (SKM) to stop accepting recyclable materials at its Laverton and Coolaroo sites, and that this has in turn impacted SKM’s capacity to accept recyclable materials at its Geelong site due to the risk of stockpiles of plastics becoming non-compliant with EPA regulations and creating a risk to community health.

The disruption to SKM’s Geelong site is impacting councils across the G21 region, including the Borough of Queenscliffe, but more broadly, the issue of responsible and sustainable waste management is impacting local government areas across Victoria and Australia.

There is a clear need for State and Federal Government intervention to identify and implement a solution, and with over half a billion dollars available from the Victorian Municipal and Industrial Landfill Levy, there is a clear funding source to support such an intervention.

Council would welcome the opportunity to participate in State- and Federal-led action to address the problems we are experiencing and work toward a long-term solution not just for the Borough of Queenscliffe and the G21 region, but across the nation.

Council’s half-year report card

Contrary to the report by President of the Point Lonsdale Community Association, Mr Rob Minty, published in the March 2019 edition of The Rip, Council has completed a number of projects during the first half of the 2018–19 financial year.

We have completed 20 new capital and asset renewal projects, including sporting infrastructure improvements at the Queenscliff Recreation Reserve, construction of a new roundabout at Point Lonsdale Road and Ocean Road to improve traffic flows, and a new pathway on the Bellarine Highway from Nelson Road to the school crossing to improve pedestrian safety and access.

Our achievements to date are detailed in the Council Plan Quarterly Progress Report, presented at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Thursday 28 February 2019. This report reinforces the importance of good working relationships and project partnerships between residents, local community organisations, Council, neighbouring municipalities and other levels of Government.

To read more about Council’s performance, visit the ‘Ordinary Meetings of Council for 2019’ page on our website, www.queenscliffe.vic.gov.au, and refer to the Council Plan Quarterly Progress Report on pages 36–40 of the Ordinary Meeting Agenda for February 2019.

Funding for new clubhouse

Council is very pleased at the recent announcement confirming that the Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club has secured Federal Government funding of $650,000 to rebuild the Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Clubhouse.

Federal Member for Corangamite, the Hon. Sarah Henderson MP, announced the funding for the new clubhouse at the Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club on Sunday 3 March 2019. Council thanks the Hon. Sarah Henderson MP, in particular, for making this happen and congratulates the hardworking team at Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club on its successful application.

The funding, provided under round three of the Building Better Regions Fund, acknowledges the value of Surf Life Saving within the local community. Rebuilding the clubhouse will provide club members and the broader community with improved facilities to support ongoing training and development.

The Federal Government also provided the Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club with an additional $10,000 funding under the Stronger Communities Program.

Cr Bob Merriman AM - Mayor, Borough of Queenscliffe