I am extremely disappointed and disheartened to learn yesterday that a group of senseless vandals have taken to damaging the newly constructed Ballam Park East Pavilion, home of the Karingal Bulls Football Netball Clubs and Long Island Cricket Club.
The new $3.07 million state-of-the-art pavilion, jointly funded by Council ($2.77 million) and the Australian Government ($300,000), caters for football, netball, cricket and community use, featuring:
- Separate change rooms and umpire rooms
- Covered spectators area
- A commercial kitchen
- Separate multi-purpose social room and meeting room
- Public amenities with external access
- 5kw solar panel and harvest rainwater for the toilets
- A new netball court with bench seats and lighting
- And importantly we’ve made the pavilion and oval accessible with ramps and even a hearing loop in the multi-purpose room.
To hear that damage has been caused following the recent completion of works, with windows and lights smashed, accessible rails removed and graffiti on windows and walls causing over $15,000 in unnecessary repair costs is extremely disappointing. All ratepayers will bear the significant cost of repairing this destruction.
This is incredibly frustrating for Council and the clubs who have worked together to deliver a sporting and community mecca at one of our region’s most popular locations, and that deliver on Council’s commitment to providing dedicated female change room facilities and improved accessibility.
We have to stamp out this kind of anti-social behaviour and those responsible will face the full force of the law.
Anyone who witnessed this careless behaviour is urged to contact Frankston Police on 9784 5555 or Council with any information that will assist in identifying those responsible.
Frankston City Mayor
Cr Colin Hampton