Tiny towns, big grants

Darren Allbutt (family of Gil Allbutt), Sean Blackwood (Queenscliffe Maritime Museum president), Alison Marchant MP, Kerri Erler (Queenscliffe Maritime Museum) and Cr Rob Minty. (supplied)

Five new projects for the Bellarine Peninsula have been announced as part of the state government’s $20 million Tiny Towns Fund.

Queenscliffe Maritime Museum received $50,000 to deliver the refurbishment of the historic Gil Allbutt Boat Shed.

Indented Head Yacht Club received $10,000 to deliver clubhouse refurbishments.

St Leonards Progress Association received $11,416 to deliver an entrance and courtyard surface and shade upgrade.

Portarlington Bayside Miniature Railway Inc received $21,000 to deliver a refurbishment of the Point Richards Station and Signal Box Building.

Bellarine Bears Baseball Club received $50,000 to deliver improvements to fencing at the Wallington Recreation Reserve baseball field.

Member for Bellarine Alison Marchant announced the funding which is aimed to bring to life more than 200 projects across the state’s smallest regional and outer metropolitan towns with fewer than 5000 residents.

“The Tiny Towns Fund empowers small communities to thrive, ensuring projects that locals are passionate about can become a reality,” Ms Marchant said.

“We’re helping our tiniest towns reach their full potential with so many community-driven projects that will upgrade local facilities and encourage more visitors to Victoria’s vibrant regions,” Minister for Regional Development Gayle Tierney said.

For more information visit rdv.vic.gov.au/tinytownsfund or suburbandevelopment.vic.gov.au/grants/tiny-towns-fund