The Lions Club of Ocean Grove Barwon Heads began its work more than 65 years ago, on 28th June 1955.

Right from the inaugural meeting the overriding goal of the Club has been community service; in this we have achieved far more collectively than we could ever have achieved as individuals.

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Some of our Projects



Thank you to everyone who purchases Lions Christmas Cakes and Christmas Puddings .

All proceeds are for Lions community projects!

If you are an employer, why not plan to purchase a carton for distribution to your employees as a Christmas gift iand 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 Accommodation Services project to meet the needs of disadvantaged people in our community.

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

General enquiries regarding the Accommodation Services Project should be made to Howard Deane.




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 Warren Halnon (phone 0419 205 559 ).



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).


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 loads of rubbish to the tip.

Enquiries to 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 month we try to make life a little happier for the older members of the Barwon Heads community by cooking lunch.

Enquiries to Norm Buckley (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).



Lions are always seeking new and used postage stamps, philatelic material and unwanted collections to raise funds for the Australian Lions Childrens Mobility Foundation. 

The Foundation seeks to empower children who cannot walk unassisted to reach their potential. It funds walking devices that get kids out of their wheel chairs and onto their feet so that they are able to walk, explore, play, work and socialise. This makes them stronger and healthier – physically, emotionally and mentally. Walking is our gift to the child, a gift that benefits the child, their family and friends.  Lions on-going goal is to provide a walker to every child in Australia who needs one.  To date more than 2,000 walkers have been funded.

For more information about the Australian Lions Childrens Mobility Foundation, please visit

Contact Graham Mulroey (phone 0419 549706).


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.

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 John Menzies (phone 0419 131 112).

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.


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