Netball and basketball players in the greater Frankston region have a bounce in their step thanks to stunning state of the art indoor facilities courtesy of Frankston City Council and the State and Federal Governments.
Councillors recently voted to give the green light to the Jubilee Park Stadium redevelopment with the approval of a Town Planning Permit, enabling the almost $35 million project to commence work later this year with construction due to be completed in late 2023.
The new stadium will feature six multipurpose indoor courts, including a 1000 seat show court, elite training facilities, female-friendly change rooms and a creche for players and spectators. The facility will also host a cafe, community meeting and function rooms and four indoor cricket training nets as well as facilities to service the adjoining sports oval.
The upgraded Jubilee Park will enable Frankston City to host major regional netball and basketball events and welcome more players. In particular, it will enable a major increase in female participation in sport.
The Jubilee Park Stadium redevelopment is Council’s largest infrastructure project since it completed the much loved $49 million Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre in 2014.
Frankston City Mayor Kris Bolam said: “Whether you’re a netballer, basketballer, cricketer or are a local looking for a new coffee spot, this will be a great local asset allowing more people to get involved in sport, stay healthy and enjoy what’s on offer in their local area.
“The plans are really exciting and this project provides a range of fantastic opportunities for our local community. I can’t wait until we have the work underway,” said the Mayor.
Currently home to the Frankston District Netball Association, Peninsula Waves, Frankston Peninsula Premier Cricket Club and Frankston YCW Football Netball Club the new expanded indoor facility will also allow the clubs to grow their numbers and host local and regional competitions.
The project has been made possible due to investment from Frankston City Council ($20.34 million), the Victorian Government ($10 million) and the Federal Government ($4.56 million).
Frankston District Netball Association President Corinna Harvey said: “The FDNA Board and our 3500 participants are extremely excited to see this development come to life. The existing stadium has been outgrown by the participation growth of netball in the region.
“The new Indoor multi sports Stadium will encourage greater diversity for participation from all backgrounds, ages and abilities to our new facility. We have long established relationships with our Jubilee Park sporting precinct partners and look forward to working with all sporting codes in the new stadium,” Ms Harvey said.
State Member for Frankston, Paul Edbrooke said: “Community sports is all about bringing people together. With this investment, we’ll make Frankston’s sporting clubs, and local community, stronger than ever.
“This massive upgrade will mean the next generation of Frankston’s sporting stars have the great facilities they deserve” Mr Edbrooke said.
Federal Member for Dunkley, Peta Murphy, said: “I am proud and excited to be part of transforming Jubilee Park into a Centre of Excellence for women in sport and a sporting and recreation hub for our entire community.”
Federal Senator for Victoria, David Van, said he is delighted the Morrison Government is partnering with Council and the Victorian Government on an important project that will enable people to participate in sport for generations to come.
“The investment into local sporting infrastructure projects — such as this redevelopment project at Jubilee Park — is not just a part of the Morrison Government’s ongoing commitment to delivering jobs and economic growth to Australian’s regions, but is also about supporting Australians to look after their physical and mental health,” Senator Van said.
Mayor Bolam said the Jubilee Park Stadium redevelopment will create a huge economic boost for Frankston City.
“Total employment, including all direct, supply-chain and consumption effects is estimated to increase by up to 178 jobs as a result of the redevelopment. It is estimated that the construction phase alone will increase economic activity and contribute around $40 million in the local economy,” Mayor Bolam said.
Council Director Infrastructure and Operations, Cam Arullanantham, noted the Council has taken a holistic approach with works designed to improve the area for all park users, as well as the entire community and visitors.
“We’re planting a minimum of 300 trees both within the Jubilee Park Stadium development site and within the broader Park area, at a cost of approximately $45,000.
“This complements the planting of shrubs and ground cover in the area, which will create a welcoming, inviting and user-friendly experience for all,” Mr Arullanantham said.
Mr Arullanantham said other works including lighting will enhance passive surveillance and hence safety for park users and residents.
“These major Park upgrades follow extensive community consultation and input. The final plan reflects this with residents and Park users consulted at every turn as part our ongoing dialogue to achieve the best outcome.
“The final plan reflects a community facility all can be proud of with a wide range of uses,” Mr Arullanantham said.
The proposed redevelopment will complement $2.95 million works already completed at Jubilee Park, including new cricket nets and upgraded outdoor netball courts including competition lighting.
Mayor Bolam added: “A $3 million upgrade of the Kevin Collopy Pavilion at Jubilee Park is also well underway with design work commenced. This important project will cater for growing participation in football, cricket and netball and is due to start late this year and is expected to be completed in June, 2022.
“The $440,000 adventure playground completed at the Park in 2016 has been a hit with younger members of the community with its slides, climbing nets and more. Jubilee Park is one of Frankston City’s premier regional open space reserves and it just keeps getting better, offering something for everyone,” the Mayor said.
The new Jubilee Park Stadium will include 321 car parking spaces – an increase of 13 spaces on the previous car park. An existing informal car park within Jubilee Park catering for up to 200 cars will remain.
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