Sports Club eNews Winter Edition

1. Sports Club Management Package Project Update  

The Community Sport Development team are currently developing a new Sports Club Conditions of Use document that will guide sports club’s day to day usage of Council facilities, including key areas such as: 

  • Access to facilities 

  • Roles and responsibilities of clubs and Council 

  • Maintenance responsibilities 

  • Sponsorship signage 

  • Storage 

  • General usage conditions.  

The Sports Club Conditions of Use document forms part of a broader Sports Club Management project that will also include development of: 

  • New fair and equitable fees and charges 

  • Seasonal Allocation Policy and process 

  • Review of Seasonal Licenses.  

Your club is invited to nominate a representative to participate in an online forum that will play a significant part in the development and implementation of these important club management documents. 

A Zoom invitation will then be sent direct to the clubs nominated representative prior to the session. Limit of one person per club or organisation. 

For further information please contact Kimberley Castiello - Community Sport Development Coordinator: or 0466 818 237 

We look forward to your club’s input and contributions to the development of the Sports Club Management Package operational and policy documents. 

2. Meet Bronwyn Gow – Infrastructure Strategy Officer 

The Sport & Recreation team is made up of individuals who bring many different skills to the team. 

Each newsletter we will be introducing one team member so you have a better understanding of who we are and what we do. 

First up is Bronwyn (Bron) Gow, Infrastructure Strategy Officer, who has been with the Shire for almost two years. 

Bron works across the Infrastructure Strategy and Climate Change Unit, however the Sport and Recreation Team are lucky enough to have Bron working with us four days a week. 

As an Infrastructure Strategy Officer, Bron is responsible for providing high level project and administration support to all teams within the unit to assist in meeting business goals and Council objectives. A large portion of Bron’s time is spent assisting Kimberley and Mark in the sports club space, so you may hear from her soon. 

Bron lives in Rosebud with her family. She is a busy Mum, with two boys who are both avid sport lovers (basketball, footy and skating). She enjoys walking her dog, gardening, and she has her own earrings business from home @bay_bae_by_bron 

3. Sports Growth Lighting Projects 

Amongst all the sadness and disappointment that COVID-19 has created in the community, there is still some positive news for local sport.  

The Sports Growth Lighting Projects has continued across the Shire. Since earlier 2020, we have upgraded the following sports field lighting: 

  • Thomas Barclay ovals, Hastings 

  • Rosebud- Olympic Park main AFL and Soccer pitch 

  • RJ Rowley Reserve, Rye 

  • Alexandra Park, Mornington 

  • The Chip oval, Red Hill 

  • David McFarlan Reserve, Sorrento (in progress). 

Thanks to funding from State Government and our Project team for co-ordinating the works, clubs are well placed for training purposes well into the future with fantastic lighting standards. 

4. Our Active Peninsula – the Shire’s dedicated new Sport and Recreation Website 

Last month the Shire launched a new sport and recreation website ‘Our Active Peninsula’, connecting the community to more local sporting activities, more often.  

‘Our Active Peninsula’ is a central hub where the community can access important information and resources for all sporting and recreational needs.   

The website is the perfect place to find out how to get active and connect with local sports and recreation activities. From walking trails, footy, archery, horse-riding, cricket, swimming, golf, surfing, fishing and getting active at your local gym, there are many opportunities.  

Want to get active? Run a sports club? Operate a local sports and fitness business? Check out the new website here: 

Due to the current Covid19 restrictions, the Shire are also keen to assist local clubs and sport and recreation based local businesses to reengage the community into sport and active participation. The website allows these groups to produce online YouTube style content promoting their club or business. 

If you know a local sporting group or business that might benefit from this site, please flick them a link and encourage them to give the website a go. The more users we have the better we’ll be able to review the data and gauge the needs of the community and hopefully continue to expand and improve services to local sporting clubs, businesses and players.   

5. Getting ready for the Shire’s Single-use Plastic Policy  

Mornington Peninsula Shire’s ambitious Single-use Plastic Policy will challenge communities, households, businesses and the Council to stop using single-use plastics.  

What does this mean for sporting clubs? Once adopted in August 2020, all organisations and community groups with lease and licence arrangements will need to commence phasing out select single-use items.  

Council will work with each sporting club to help develop personalised plans and to identify suitable alternatives to plastics.  

We know that it can be a daunting process, so we will provide you with resources, tips and ongoing support to help transition away from plastics. Every little bit counts and can have a huge impact on protecting our oceans and bays from plastic pollution.  

The Shire’s Waste Services team, in conjunction with the Sport & Recreation team, will host a series of information sessions in the next few months, so keep a lookout for your invitation. For further information, please contact Amy Yang, Waste and Litter Education Officer on 5950 1634 or  

6. Funding Finder Website 

The Shire has launched a free online service that enables individuals, businesses and community organisations to easily identify and access funding opportunities from local, state and federal governments as well as philanthropic grant programs. 
The Funding Finder website includes a dedicated COVID-19 funding page, gathering the many COVID-19 funding opportunities into one place. This ‘one-stop shop’ approach will save precious time and effort spent on research. 
Users who choose to register on the website can create favourites lists, receive direct email alerts from their chosen areas of interest and keep up to date with all potential funding opportunities and deadlines. 
The website also offers advice and top tips for finding and applying for grants to maximise the chances of success and allows users searching for funding for projects to filter their search by a specific location, industry or type of project.