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Successful Outcomes — Advocacy Report

Across 2018/19 Council made numerous grant submissions to address community concerns, including the lack of female friendly sporting facilities, improving lighting at sports grounds, graffiti removal, improving community safety and greater access to social housing.

Our advocacy efforts secured one-off State and Federal Government project funding of $5,676,461.00 including:

  • $4,537,168 to improve local sporting facilities, including female friendly facilities, pavilion upgrades and new lighting.
  • $489,293 to improve community safety, including new laneway lighting and graffiti removal projects.
  • $350,000 to improve early years’ programs including a significant upgrade of the East Bentleigh Kindergarten.
  • $200,000 to review social housing and develop a new strategy to meet future community needs.
  • $100,000 to create a master plan for growth in Elsternwick.

Council secured the following pledges from the Victorian Labor Government during the Victorian State Election held in November 2018.

  • $1M for the Lord Reserve Pavilion re-development and $1M for the Koornang Park pavilion re-development
  • Woorayl Reserve to be offered to Council to secure the future of the reserve as community open space.
  • 40 additional carparks in the Carnegie shopping precinct

Council secured the following pledges from the Australian Liberal Party during the Federal Election held in May 2019:

  • $4 million for a community hub at Murrumbeena Park, Murrumbeena
  • $10.5 million commitment for additional car parking around both Elsternwick and Bentleigh train stations.

Council will continue to work in partnership with Federal and State Governments to fulfil these election promises.