Stadium expansion enters OT
Representatives of Frankston & District Basketball Association (FDBA) and Basketball Victoria met with Federal member for Dunkley Mr Chris Crewther MP who chaired a meeting yesterday (17/03/2018) with representatives from Frankston City Council to discuss overcoming the current impasse in the Frankston Basketball stadium project commencing.
FDBA General Manager Nathan Jolly believes the meeting was a positive step forward saying “as it stands the decision rests in the hands of Frankston City Councillors.
There was sense from all parties that the preferred outcome is for this much needed regional project to be delivered by expanding Frankston Basketball stadium.” Jolly said.
As announced earlier this week, federal government minister for Territories and Local Government , Hon. Dr John McVeigh MP advised Frankston City Council CEO Dennis Hovenden that council have until 30 March 2018 to advise the federal government on council’s proposal to utilize the Commonwealth’s $4.95 million currently committed to the Basketball stadium expansion project
“Regrettably Frankston City Mayor Colin Hampton and council CEO Dennis Hovenden did not elect to attend the meeting which we hope is not symbolic of their unwillingness to work towards this much needed community project being delivered that will benefit of literally thousands players; coaches; referees; and volunteers who call Frankston Basketball home.” Jolly continued.
FDBA President Gary Emery who attended yesterday’s meeting said the “Federal government share our vision for basketball facilities into the future.
On behalf of the membership of the FDBA we thank Mr Chris Crewther MP for his initiative to chair today’s meeting and his continued support in seeing this project delivered as intended when Bruce Billson (former federal member for Dunkley) announced the Commonwealth’s $4.95 million commitment to the expansion of Frankston basketball stadium in late 2015.
I also thank Frankston City’s Dr Gillian Kay for her feedback & appreciation of the dire need for the sport of basketball to have improved facilities so Frankston Basketball can better manage the growth of our sport in our region which is Frankston’s largest participated team sport based on council’s own statistics.” Emery said.
The planned Frankston basketball stadium upgrade project will see the expansion & renewal of the existing six (6) court facility at Kananook Reserve (Seaford) and includes:
- Four (4) additional indoor basketball courts
- 1,000 spectator retractable seating
- Improved amenities
- Capacity to host state & nationally recognized events.
Further news to follow after Frankston City Councillors meet on Monday 19 March 2017 to discuss council’s formal response to the federal government.
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