Four great local projects in the Northcote electorate have 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 Northern Metropolitan Region, Jenny Mikakos MP, today announced that four local organisations will share in almost $640,000 from the $30 million Victorian-first initiative.

The local projects to receive funding include

  • Span Community House will receive $200,000 to commence a collection service targeting food waste.
  • Australian Pollinator Alliance will receive $199,615 for delivering honey bee education and backyard beekeeper.
  • Bell Primary School will receive to $195,290 build a new sports oval for community and school use.
  • Lentil as Anything will receive $43,963 to provide a sustainable energy source for their food rescue program.

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

 Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Metropolitan Region, Jenny Mikakos MP, 

“I’m so pleased these local projects will get the funding and support they need thanks to this ground-breaking initiative.”

“Pick My Project will make a real difference in the Northcote Electorate and communities across the state – giving locals the power to choose the projects their community needs.”