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MEDIA RELEASE - Swimming pontoon project to become a reality

3 October 2018

The project dreams of the shire’s emerging leaders have become a reality following the announcement of the successful recipients for Pick My Project funding.

The Portland Foreshore Swimming Pontoon project, submitted by the Future Leaders of Industry group and the Glenelg Freeza Crew, has received $33,469 worth of funding from the State Government as part of the Pick My Project initiative.

The project was voted as one of the most popular ideas for the Great South Coast region, receiving a total of 355 votes, and was the only project in the Glenelg Shire to be funded from the list of thirty five locally based submissions.

Future Leaders of Industry Co-ordinator Lilja Radley said she was thrilled to see the project funded.

“The students should be immensely proud of the leadership skills they have demonstrated and the action they have taken to see the Portland Foreshore Swimming Pontoon become a reality. It’s a fantastic addition to the foreshore space and will no doubt provide hours’ worth of fun for youth, tourists and those young at heart,” she said.

“Future Leaders representatives presented the project to Council in 2017 following feedback from the community, and were thrilled to see the pontoon form part of the foreshore redevelopment plan.

“We would like to extend our thanks to the Victorian Government for putting forward this funding initiative, the Glenelg Shire Council for all the planning and for supporting the proposal and to all the local youth who promoted the project and to everyone who voted.”

Jesse Covill, 2017 Future Leader of Industry graduate and Glenelg Freeza Crew member, believes the project will encourage greater use of the foreshore precinct.

“We are ecstatic that this project has been chose to be funded, we believe it will offer a safe and open access activity space aimed to get kids outside and being active,” he said.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank praised the advocacy efforts of the Future Leaders of Industry group and the Glenelg Freeza Crew, citing the project as a ‘drawcard’ for the region.

“It is fantastic to see our region’s youngest and brightest not only identifying ways to improve our community, but to also successfully campaign for funding to implement these ideas. The future of our shire is in capable hands,” she said.

“The swimming pontoon is a significant project for council, aligning with our Foreshore Masterplan to provide further recreation opportunities along the popular precinct and to create a unique active offering for locals and tourists alike.

“Our foreshore is one of the shire’s most visited and popular sites and this project will help to ensure the space remains a modern and enticing place for people to meet, relax and play.”

Pick My Project was a Victorian-first community grants initiative that provided $30 million worth of funding to make communities across the state an even better place to live.

More than 230 projects across Melbourne and regional Victoria received funding through Pick My Project, with funding divided between Melbourne and regional Victoria.

A full list of successful projects is available at

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