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Tuesday, 2 October 2018


Victorian Miniature Railway and Harcourt Lions Club has secured vital funding through Pick My Project – the Andrews Labor Government’s ground-breaking program that gives locals the power to choose the projects their community needs.

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP, today announced Victorian Miniature Railway in conjunction with Harcourt Lions Club and Castlemaine Secondary College will receive $198,856 to engage trade orientated secondary students in community based work experience. The project will also provide a vital new tourist attraction for the Harcourt community and support local businesses.

It’s one of 6 projects across the Castlemaine region that will receive funding through the $30 million, Victorian-first initiative.

Other local projects to receive funding include:

  • Castlemaine Library - $197,400 – Floor repairs and improving community space
  • Castlemaine North Primary School - $79,800 - Rehabilitate sports oval at Castlemaine North PS for community use
  • Castlemaine Community House - $36,000 – Disability access for regional swimming pools
  • Mirawara Outdoor Experiences Inc - $94,755 - Outdoor education program and Indigenous culture workshops building resilient communities.
  • Chewton Pool Inc. - $120,000 - Help community pool harness solar-power to warm the pool water

Through the $30 million Pick My Project initiative, Victorian residents aged 16 and over were given the opportunity to submit their idea for a project or program that made their community a better place to live.

People were then given the chance to vote for their favourite project. More than 95,000 Victorians cast votes, with successful projects receiving grants of between $20,000 and $200,000.

More than 230 projects across Melbourne and regional Victoria received funding through Pick My Project, with funding divided equally between Melbourne and regional Victoria based on the population of each of the six metropolitan and nine regional partnership areas.

To ensure a range of small and large communities had the opportunity to be part of Pick My Project, no more than 50 per cent of a partnership areas funding was awarded to one local government area. 

A full list of successful projects is available at


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