Frankston City scores major sporting win

Wednesday 2 October 2019

A multimillion dollar proposed sporting stadium in Frankston City has scored another slam dunk thanks to a further funding victory.

The $34.9 million planned expansion of Jubilee Park Indoor Stadium is set to receive the $9.74 million shortfall it needed to build a regional sporting hub to meet the community’s increased growth in netball, basketball, cricket and football.

After extensive lobbying to both state and federal governments for the extra funding, Frankston City Mayor Michael O’Reilly today announced the Council would now step in to meet the project’s needs to further enhance Frankston City’s status as a regional sporting hub.

“While it’s disappointing this important project didn’t receive the full federal funding it needed and deserved, Council is excited to get the ball rolling on what will be an exceptional sporting facility for locals and the region,” the Mayor said.

“With netball and basketball such popular sports in Frankston City, particularly for young girls and women, this important project will deliver a regional facility suitable for everyone wanting to play as well as pathways for elite training and competitions.

“Our $20.34 million contribution to build appropriate facilities at Jubilee Park demonstrates Council’s commitment to increasing activity and health across the community generally as well as supporting our rising sports stars in Frankston City and I’m delighted we can achieve this with all three levels of government working together.”

The Mayor said Frankston MP Paul Edbrooke helped secure $10 million from the Victorian Government toward the project while the Federal Government has provided $4.56 million.

Federal member for Dunkley Peta Murphy also showed unwavering support while lobbying for further funding. 

Frankston Council, state and federal government representatives, Frankston District Netball Association, Frankston Peninsula Cricket Club, Frankston YCW Football Netball Club and Junior Football Club members attended the announcement this afternoon at Jubilee Park.

Frankston District Netball Association member Kelly Andrews was overjoyed hearing the news, saying “this investment finally gives us a home for elite netball in the area after 15 years of searching as far as Cheltenham for a suitable facility.”

Amanda Basu from Netball Victoria echoed this sentiment, saying “we’re delighted to see this investment from Council, State and Federal Governments to deliver a new home for the Peninsula Waves and netball across the region”.

Federal Member for Dunkley Ms Peta Murphy and State Member for Frankston Mr Paul Edbrooke thanked the council for their commitment to ensure this project proceeds as a priority.

Peta Murphy said “as a long-time champion of this project I am thrilled that Frankston City Council has stepped up to fill the funding shortfall…I am proud to be part of a redevelopment that will benefit thousands of local athletes – particularly girls and women.”

Paul Edbrooke said “congratulations to our community on a big win today with the announcement that the Jubilee Park Sporting Project has been saved, giving netballers and cricketers get the facilities they deserve in modern and appropriate facilities.”

Redesigned from the ground-up, an expanded indoor stadium at Jubilee Park will feature:

  • Six multi-purpose indoor courts, including a 1,000 seat show court
  • Elite training facilities for multiple sports
  • Four indoor cricket training nets
  • Female-friendly change rooms and a crèche for players and spectators
  • State-of-the-art café, community meeting and function rooms.

Council will now work to finalise a detailed design for the expanded indoor stadium, with construction likely to commence in early-2021 ready to host elite competitions and training in 2023.

For project information and updates, visit: frankston.vic.gov.au/JubileeParkIndoorStadium

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