The streets of Frankston City were lively on Monday, with both Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan making visits to Frankston Station.
Minister Allan was joined by local Member Paul Edbrooke to announce works on the long-awaited Frankston Station redevelopment will soon be underway.
This is fantastic news for local commuters and another step towards our goal of Frankston City becoming the Lifestyle Capital of Victoria.
On the same day, the Prime Minister and Council discussed a number of our advocacy priorities such as the electrification of the rail line to Baxter and the decentralisation and relocation of a government department to complement the soon to be redeveloped Frankston Station precinct.
The potential Safe Boat Harbour at Olivers Hill was also discussed, with the Prime Minister remarking he was amazed there was no infrastructure already available at a bayside city such as Frankston. Council highlighted that a Safe Boat Harbour would cut emergency response times down from 45 minutes to 6 minutes, a crucial difference when it comes to saving lives.
Our Advocacy Strategy has identified 12 strategic priorities underpinned by our Council Plan 2017-2021 which looks at projects from relocating a state government department to Frankston to electrification of the railway line to Baxter.
These projects, among others, will deliver many economic and employment benefits while connecting residents with vital services such as the university and hospital.
Frankston City Council is pleased to be in a position to continue to advocate on behalf of the community and we will continue to work with all levels of government to secure positive outcomes for the whole Frankston community.
On behalf of Frankston City Council and the local community, I thank the Prime Minister and Minister for Public Transport for visiting our city.
Frankston City Mayor
Cr Colin Hampton