Lions Club of Ocean Grove Barwon Heads

VIC, Australia, District 201V2

Some of our Projects





Thank you to everyone who purchased Lions Christmas Cakes and Christmas Puddings in 2018.

All proceeds are on their way to Lions community projects!

If you are an employer, why not plan to purchase a carton for distribution to your employees as a Christmas gift in 2018 and at the same time help the Lions with their eye health and other community projects.

To order contact Alan Daw (phone 0448 280 649).



The Club has initiated its Retired Living project to meet the needs of older people of lesser means.

For more details on this project, go to the web site of Barwon Grove Foundation.

General enquiries regarding the Retired Living Project should be made to Bill Willocks.




Our Club celebrates Australia Day each year by providing a free Kids Kite Construction and Flying Day on the beach at Ocean Grove. We provide the materials and show the kids how to make the kites. In short time the skies of Ocean Grove are awash with kites.

200 kites are made each year.

Enquiries to Simon Stuart (phone 0423 965 276).



Licola is a small and attractive village beside the Macalister River, 254km east of Melbourne. The township of Licola is owned entirely by the Lions Clubs of Victoria and southern New South Wales. The greater part of the town is occupied by the Licola Wilderness Village, where Lions Clubs have for 40 years run camps for the disadvantaged, deserving, disabled and disengaged, mostly held during school holidays.

Our Club regularly sponsors local children to camps at Licola Wilderness Village.

Contact John Claringbold (phone 0425 750 387).



Each year in each of the five primary schools in our community, the Lions Club presents a financial award to selected sixth grade students, selected by teachers, who have worked diligently in the classroom, on the playing field, and are involved in the civic and social activities of the school.

The five primary schools are: Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove, Surfside, Star of the Sea, and Wallington.

Enquiries to Grant Hull (phone 0407 048 531).



Club Grove (Ocean Grove Bowling Club) continues to operate a community bus to ferry patrons to and from their venue. Users pay a gold coin donation, which is forwarded to our Club. This money is used by our club to implement community projects to assist youth in the area.

Enquiries to John Brady (phone 5254 2515).



Thank you to the many local businesses which facilitate our Lion Mints sales from their premises.

If any other businesses would like to help us in this way we would be delighted to hear from you.

Contact Robyn Smith (phone 5256 2286).



The welfare of members of our local community is of vital importance to our Club. In recent times we have constructed a deck at the house of a disabled boy, repaired the roof, downpipes, fence and painted the house of a disabled resident, replaced some fencing for a single parent family, transported furniture for the Barwon Heads Opportunity Shop, and carted 4 lots of rubbish to the tip.

Enquiries to Don Everett (phone 5254 2557).



In this innovative fund-raising project, donated materials are received from various organisations and sold on eBay and other internet sites.

These items have included staircases, used timber, nuts and bolts, boardwalk, a yacht, staircase, trailer, seesaw, stove, cupboard doors, pine poles, icecream tubs, telephone equipment, besser blocks, café tables, and more!

In addition to raising funds for our community activities, the project is making a significant environmental contribution by saving materials which would have otherwise gone to landfill.

Enquiries to Graham Mulroney (phone 0419 549 706) or Don Everett (phone 5254 2557).



No organisation cooks more sausages (and hamburgers and breakfasts and . . . ) than Lions. Our BBQ Trailer has proven to be a great attraction throughout the area. We are always looking for opportunities to cater for events to raise funds to support our community projects.

Enquiries to Warren Halnon (phone 0419 205 559).



Each Christmas we try to make Christmas a little happier for the older members of our community by cooking Christmas Dinner.

Enquiries to John Brady (phone 5254 2515).



Lions Youth of the Year Quest is a prestigious event for 16 to 19 year old young people. It has been in existence for more than 46 years and boasts many high profile Australians amongst the ranks of former entrants. The Quest is a great opportunity for our young people to gain valuable experience at a time when they are about to enter adulthood and either the workforce or further education.

All you have to do is fill in the Entry Form and submit it to the Lions Club and they will take it from there.

Enquiries to Brenda Walter (phone 5250 4070).



We collect used spectacles from outlets around Ocean Grove. These spectacles are sent to the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centre in Queensland where they are graded and boxed for Lions Sight projects in third world countries. Many thousands of needy people are thus able to benefit from this and other Sight Programs provided by Lions Clubs International.

Enquiries to Kareen Corless (phone 5255 2270).



We collect cancelled stamps for trimming and sorting and passing on to charitable projects. Thank you to the businesses who pass on their incoming envelopes.

Contact John Claringbold (phone 0425 750 387).



At Christmas each year some 100 local children receive a special letter from Santa.

Enquiries to Brenda Walter (phone 5250 4070).


The Club assists with maintenance, planning and development of the Bellarine Rail Trail.

Contact Lloyd Smith (phone 5256 2286).



The development of Frank Ellis Reserve has been a major project of the Lions Club of Ocean Grove Barwon Heads. A major focus of this development was the commissioning together with Barwon Coast Committee of Management of Kolo:oit, a contemporary Koori landscape artwork celebrating the natural, cultural and historical heritage of Barwon Heads. The design is a representation of the river, ocean and headland.





Emergency Medical Information Booklets: contact Grant Hull.

Lunches for Barwon Heads Senior Citizens: Contact John Brady (phone 5254 2515).

Peace Posters: Contact John Claringbold (phone 0425 750 387).

Children's Camps - Camp Koala and Licola: Contact John Claringbold (phone 0425 750 387).

Care Alert Emergency Devices: Contact Lloyd Smith (phone 5256 2286)

Bethany Giving Tree: contact Grant Hull.




Australian communities experienced terrible floods, fires and other disasters from time to time. In many cases the communities affected take years to recover.

Our club's policy is to respond immediately to assist those communities by mounting fund-raising activities in our own community.

These are exercises where our Club, our local community and visitors to our community get together and respond to an urgent and serious situation, and always come up with a very substantial result!

Rapid response with relief following disasters is a particular strength of Lions Clubs and we are pleased to have regularly played our part. And we are delighted to recognise the roles of the various Lions Clubs Foundations.





Following every major disaster of the last decade, Lions and Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) have been there. Together, they provide for basic needs such as water, food, shelter and medicine. After immediate needs are met, victims of disasters are not forgotten. LCIF remains committed to the important rebuilding of homes and lives that must happen, often long after a disaster occurs





The most important international project of Lions is our effort to save sight. We want everyone to see a better tomorrow. That's why we support sight programs and services including vision screenings, eye banks and eyeglass recycling, provide eye care services to those at risk of losing their sight, and raise donations to ensure these programs continue to be successful.