Friday, June 21, 2024

Frankston scores funding three-pointer

A new Frankston basketball and gymnastics stadium will go ahead following a $15 million funding announcement by Frankston City Council.

Council says the Frankston Basketball and Gymnastics Stadium development has received financial support from all three levels of government following a feasibility study, community consultation and extensive advocacy.

Mayor Nathan Conroy joined Liberal Candidates for Frankston and Carrum, Michael O’Reilly
and Rebecca Buchanan, Shadow Minister for Sport, Cindy McLeish at Frankston District
Basketball Association and Bayside Gymnastics Club where an election commitment of $15
million was made towards Council’s key advocacy project.

Frankston City Council Mayor Nathan Conroy said the community’s passion for sport was
evident throughout the consultation process.

“Sport helps define us, it entertains us, and it inspires us. It is the beating heart of many communities across Victoria. It’s not only good for our physical health, but it also reduces social isolation and bolsters our mental well-being,” the Mayor said.

“The Frankston Basketball and Gymnastics stadium will provide a sense of belonging for
many in our community. The upgrades allow room for more players, shorter wait times and
even more reason to sign up with your local club.

“Today’s announcement now means that regardless of the state election results this November, the Council-endorsed Frankston Basketball and Gymnastics Stadium is fully-
funded,” Mayor Conroy said.

He said the Frankston Basketball and Gymnastics Stadium will allow more basketball programs, training and competition to operate in state-of-the-art facilities, while enabling gymnastics to deliver an expanded program for more ages and abilities with the equipment they need:

  • Construction of two new multi-sport courts.
  • Two fully redeveloped multi-sport courts.
  • Refurbishment works to bring courts 1, 2, 3 and 4 up to code requirements.
  • Gymnastics hall, training pit and support facilities.
  • Spectator viewing over gymnastics hall.
  • Improved entrances, foyer, amenities, office, kiosk and storage spaces.
  • Precinct improvements such as landscaping, pedestrian and cycling access.
  • Future-proofing for additional courts.

“On behalf of Council and Frankston City, I’d like to thank the State Opposition for their commitment towards this important major project,” said Mayor Conroy.

Frankston District Basketball Association CEO Wayne Holdsworth said local basketball
continues to grow enormously, with their under-8 registrations in girls and boys booming.

“We are delighted to now know that the project is fully-funded. We have just exceeded 1,050 teams which is an increase of 20 per cent this year and we are busting at the seams, so additional courts are critical.”

Basketball Victoria CEO, Nick Honey said the redeveloped Frankston Basketball and
Gymnastics Stadium will be a phenomenal addition to the Victorian basketball
infrastructure.

“The announcement is certainly the good news we’ve been hoping for. The additional courts
will give more players a chance to take the courts, with upgraded facilities attracting new
players across Frankston City,” Mr Honey said.

“We thank all levels of government for their support of sport in Victoria and look forward to
working together to create a new, invigorated hub for basketball and gymnastics across the
region.”

For more information on the Basketball and Gymnastics Stadium redevelopment,
visit https://engage.frankston.vic.gov.au

Latest Articles