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Dear Members

On Wednesday November 9th, CoGG released a draft report for community comment in regard to their Portarlington Community Infrastructure Scoping Study.

Go to to read this draft report.

The PNH Committee opposes this draft report due to lack of information regarding infrastructure and equitable leasing arrangements. PNH seeks your support.

 Please go to PNH’s draft submission in response to this draft report HERE. Member consultation regarding PNH’s submission commences now and will close on Friday December 2nd. Written feedback to PNH’s draft submission can be sent to Committee via, or you can provide your feedback in person at the General Members Meeting (notice below).

CoGG is conducting a community drop-in session, 10am to 2pm, Friday 18th November, St Andrews Uniting Church Hall, 111 Newcombe Street, Portarlington.  You can attend the CoGG drop-in session to submit your feedback. Please represent PNH too. You can also provide feedback to CoGG on their website.

At the drop-in session please sign the PNH petition to CoGG. See petition wording below

Volunteers are needed to help with this petition. If you can help, please contact the Office. The petition will be open until December 2nd.  We hope to get more than a thousand signatures to indicate the strength of our position, and bring attention to our infrastructure and leasing needs.

NOTICE for a General Members Meeting Wednesday 30th November

at 7.00pm at Parks Hall

to discuss the draft submission (and nothing else). As background to the draft submission content, our financial and leasing arrangements will be explained at the General Meeting.

PNH’s final version of the submission, incorporating your feedback, and including the signed petition, will be submitted to CoGG by COB on 9th December.

The committee looks forward to your support in this matter. It is about our future.

Regards to all

Margaret Belfrage, President PNH

Petition wording



Petition to City of Greater Geelong

We, the undersigned, are opposed to the draft report of the CoGG Portarlington Community Infrastructure Study in regards to Parks Hall, which is used by 700 members of the Portarlington Neighbourhood House. We call on Geelong City Council to:

  1. reject the proposed plan for a network model of existing facilities without giving a detailed plan for refurbishment of Parks Hall
  2. fully consult with members of the Portarlington Neighbourhood House on current and future proposals, with regard to financial and leasing arrangements

PNH is the only organisation in the Community Facilities Scoping Study commissioned by the City of Greater Geelong (CoGG), that is leasing from CoGG and has a significant problem in regard to meeting its operational needs, from both an infrastructure and leasing perspective.

Infrastructure: Parks Hall is currently not a suitable facility for PNH activities, and this study report does not provide enough detail regarding potential refurbishments and extensions.

Leasing: Our current leasing arrangement is not suitable, and is discriminatory when compared to other organisations.

Both of these aspects need URGENT CoGG attention: for short-term and long-term solutions. The draft report does not adequately provide solutions to PNH issues.



Proof of vaccination and QR code check-in are no longer required for entry.

Masks are not required, however patrons and staff are welcome to wear masks if they prefer.  Masks are still strongly recommended where social distancing is not possible. If you test positive to Covid-19, you are still required to isolate for 5 days.


2022 Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday 2 November


Please find PNH current Social Events Calendar on our Activities page under Events & Tours.



Portarlington Neighbourhood House (PNH) warmly welcomes people from Postcode 3223 and beyond to come along to:

CONNECT with others;

LEARN and participate in our wide range of activities;  and

CONTRIBUTE by actively sharing knowledge and skills with others.


Membership for 2022 is $10.00 per annum and most activities are approximately $3.00 per session.


We offer a wide range of:

  1. interest group hobbies and activities to connect you with others;
  2. tutored classes to help you learn; and
  3. outings and events.

All delivered and supported by a dedicated group of volunteers who contribute their time and skills.

Our Coordinator is Rob Sztogryn.  The volunteer Committee of Management is responsible for both the financial management and delivery of a wide range of activities, classes and events.

During terms the office will be open from 10.00am to 3.00pm Monday to Thursday and 10.00am to 12.30pm Friday. 

Covid-19 Updates

PNH will always endeavour to keep you safe and follows all advice issued by Dept. of Health & Human Services and/or the City of Greater Geelong.



Getting There

We are located at Parks Hall, 87 Newcombe Street in W.G. Little Reserve, the park across from the main shopping strip in Portarlington.

Parking is on Newcombe Street (limited disabled parking).

Route 60: Bus stop located 100 metres away.

PNH leases the Parks Hall premises from the City of Greater Geelong. Funding is received from various sources including the State Government (DHHS) and various grants are applied for throughout the year.

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