Victor Harbor & Port Elliot Lions Club

District 201C2, South Australia, Australia


Lions Park Development

Victor Harbor and Port Elliot Lions Club have seen the completion of stage one in their development of a Lions Park on The Esplanade, Victor Harbor.

The Lions Park is an extension of Soldiers Memorial Reserve where local Lions and council hope to provide better usage along this beautiful coastal section. Lions Park Development chairman Greg Davis said the club had identified the 3500 sq/m area for development as a Lions Park 18 months ago.  

With the assistance of council the area has recently been  transformed with a new under-ground irrigation system, re-seeding, new fencing and two retaining walls carrying the Lions Park signage. The now well identified project will be ongoing over the next few years as funding becomes available. Lions Club members will be undertaking fundraising projects to assist in financing the many future plans for the park. 

Mr Davis said he hoped locals would get behind and strongly support the fundraising.

“As a local volunteer service club, in effect our Lions Park development becomes the town’s project,  the more support we receive, the more facilities we can include,” he said. 

With a full total of $50,000 funding for the initial setup stage of the project – this has now been completed. 

The project received $15,000 from the Federal Government and $35,000 from the City of Victor Harbor.

Mr Davis said the plans for the area was exciting, as a viewing platform looking over the water, Granite Island, Wright Island and the Bluff is on the agenda.

“Future development, other than the viewing platform, funded by Lions will depend on our ongoing fundraising and public support,” he said.

“The viewing platform with disability access to take in the beautiful scenes toward Granite Island and The Bluff will hopefully proceed in the coming months, further table settings, a paved bikeway, an additional shelter and garden beds are just some of the future plans. 

“The Lions Club were endeavouring to use recycled products for much of the development to minimise salt air damage and ensure what we include in the park has a lengthy life.”

The Lions Park is close to existing barbecues, playground, toilets and plenty of existing parking. One of the future aims of Lions members is to entice the public into the area with new and interesting ideas. 

Victor Harbor and Port Elliot Lions members are proud of the legacy the development will leave for future generations. 



We have a completed fence along our Lions Park !!!!

What a team of Lions, fence all completed in 2 days.  

The irrigation system is well underway and should be completed by next week – in early May the area will be seeded and then let to grow.  Next task is to get Council approval for signage at both ends of the Park – this will identify the area as our LIONS PARK.

John Willshaw, David Walker, Mike Davis, Vic Dowling, Greg Davis, Jeremy Allport (hidden), Ian McCallum, Barry Fletcher, Geoff Pfeiffer


Vic Dowling, Greg Davis, David Walker, Mike Davis, Barry Fletcher, Ian McCallum, Jeremy Allport, John Willshaw

PARTNERSHIP: City of Victor Harbor mayor Graham Philp and Lions Club of Victor Harbor and Port Elliot shake hands with Brian Doman and Geoff Pfeiffer in support.

The City of Victor Harbor has been working with the Lions Club of Victor Harbor and Port Elliot to develop a plan for the future development of the Lions Park located on the Esplanade.

The Lions Park adjoins Soldiers Memorial Reserve on Victor Harbor’s foreshore. It is proposed the upgrade will include new irrigation, landscaped garden beds, a viewing platform, a shelter for shaded picnic use, central path, picnic settings, new fencing, signage and art.

Victor Harbor and Port Elliot Lions Club member and Lions Park Chairman Greg Davis said the plans for the park’s upgrade had been drafted by local artist Hamish McMillan.

“Lions are grateful to Hamish McMillan for his assistance in developing the plans. We are particularly excited about the viewing platform. With views to Granite Island and The Bluff, we expect it will be a popular spot,” Mr Davis said.

City of Victor Harbor Mayor Graham Philp said the Lions Park on the Esplanade is currently undeveloped, and the proposed plans will see the park become a more functional and usable community space.

“Council will work with the Lions Club and residents to finalize the design plans in January before commencing works early next year,” Mr Philp said.

The Lions Park upgrade received $15,000 funding through the Government’s Stronger Communities’ Program for irrigation and landscaping works expected to cost around $40,000.

Its official -  we now have a design agreement with City of Victor Harbor Council for our Lions Park.

As reported at our 2017 Christmas Dinner Meeting, we now have an approved design which you find attached with a proposed commencement timeline – we have also agreed the development will be a staged project over 3 to 5 years.

In other news - 

1.    Council were successful in obtaining Federal Government funding of $15441 through the Building Better Communities Program as announced by Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie on 30th November, this funding will allow Council to  commence ground works which will include levelling, landscaping and an irrigation system which is expected to commence in February/March 2018.

2.    Council has also advised they will consider future feasible funding in their 2018/2019 budget.

3.    Our Lions Club have agreed to provide a minimum of $15000 in principle financial support to the development – this was passed at our Christmas Dinner Meeting.

4.Immediate Past Prtesident Ruth & Greg Davis met with Council’s Communications Officer Michelle James on Wednesday 6th December 2017 to discuss a joint public announcement on behalf of Lions, nearby residents & Council in the Times Newspaper and City of Victor Harbor Website, this will occur once nearby residents have been informed of the plans, a public announcement is expected prior to the end of 2017.

1.    City of Victor Harbor Council members who unamiously supported the original concept.

2.    Brian Doman (City of Victor Harbor) for his support & guidance in getting this project approved.

3.    Hamish McMillan for providing the design work – FREE of charge.

4.    Michelle James City of Victor Harbor Communications Officer for the publicity via the Council Website & Michael Simmons from the Times Newspaper – a joint public announcement between Lions, nearby residents & Council.

4.    Club members who have provided support in anyway and for supporting the motion regarding financial support.

Members we have got the project this far, it is now up to everyone to get behind it, firstly with some fundraising ideas and later with some hands on assistance with Council staff - after 20 years a Lions Park is a reality!!!


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President Ruth along with members representing the following organisations, Riding for Disabled, Port Elliot Show Society, Salivation Army , School Chaplaincy ,Southern Fleurieu Cancer Support, , Fleurieu Foundation, V H Salivation Army, The Town Crier, FLO of Victor Harbor High School. (The above names are not in the order of the photo)




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1 September 2018: Applications close

2 September 2018: Heats

29th September 2018: Club final Gospel Centre Victor Harbor

March 2019: Regional final Gospel Centre VIctor Harbor (VH&PE Hosting)

March 2019: District Final  TBA

April 2019: State final - TBA )

May 2019: National final, at MD Convention

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The weather was kind - sunny, mild and a light breeze, in short another glorious Victor Harbor summer's day. Congratulations to Lion Stewart Kirby and his Committee for a highly successful and entertaining Food and Wine Festival!!  


See Event tab for photos of this years Food and Wine 



Several times a year Members take their line trimmers, battery blower vacs and a ride-on mower (and their Personal Protective Equipment of course!!) to tidy the grass verges and cart away rubbish from the picnic area half-way up Cut Hill.




The invitation was "Great hamburgers, steak sandwiches, sausages and patties, and top it off with a PANCAKE with  your choice of toppings".

We served up at the Port Elliot SLSC 4 - 8 on Tuesday 1st January, Sundays 6th, 13th and 20th. The Lifesavers had a bar and soft drinks. As usual we had extremely strong support from satisfied customers and added many thousand dollars to our support of charities and causes.



One of the annual projects for the Lions Club of Victor Harbor and Port Elliot is managing the production of the popular and sought-after Calendar for the Fleurieu Cancer Support Foundation. 

The 2019 calendar . Another photo competition is being held through "The Times" newspaper  to select photos, and already $2,000 has been received in sponsorship. Last year sponsors covered production costs. Distribution and sales will start in September 2018. 

The 2019 Calanders are available prior to September 2018, Make a note ...get in early!!.

When all receipts and sponsorships were to hand, the 2018 calendar project raised funds for the Fleurieu Cancer Support Foundation.