JUBILEE Park is set to receive another funding boost under a re-elected state Labor government, with $10 million promised to the centre if the party wins the upcoming election.
The funding will go towards the implementation of a multipurpose stadium at Jubilee Park, with courts for netball and an indoor cricket training hub.
The stadium will include six netball compliant sports courts, a 1000 spectator seat show court, female friendly change rooms, and new function rooms.
Frankston MP Paul Edbrooke announced the promise for funding on 11 October.
“This massive upgrade will mean the next generation of Frankston’s sporting stars have the great facilities they deserve. Whether it’s cheering on the mighty Peninsula Waves or having a hit with the Frankston Peninsula Cricket Club, I know how much this investment will mean to local families,” he said.
Trish McLachlan of the Frankston District Netball Association said they are “absolutely elated” to hear about the funding pledge.
“To think there has been a commitment to supporting our netball community is wonderful. Women in sport and women in our community will benefit through this project. This project is going to do so much for Frankston and the region. I’m still on cloud nine. We’re absolutely thrilled,” she said.
“It’s been a long journey, the project for Jubilee Park has been on the table for quite some time. I started in my role three years ago and it was an agenda item back them. I had a conversation with the other precinct stakeholders, Frankston YCW Football Club, Frankston Peninsula Cricket, and also Frankston RSL, and we formed the Jubilee Park steering committee to add weight to our cause to have funding realised.
“It’s been a great journey. We’re extremely grateful and hopeful we get bipartisan commitment for the Liberal candidate [Michael Lamb]. We are very confident and hopeful for an announcement from the federal level as well.”
Frankston Council has also made a commitment of $10.6 million to the project to revamp Jubilee Park, while the federal government has put in budgeted funding of $5.2 million. Their commitment came after the reallocation of funds designated basketball facilities in Seaford.
“I’d like to thank Paul Edbrooke and the Victorian Government for their commitment towards improving sport and recreation opportunities at Jubilee Park,” Frankston mayor Cr Colin Hampton said.
“I encourage the Federal Government to increase their existing contribution to match this and for the Federal Opposition and Victorian Opposition to match funding this valuable sporting project for our community and region to enjoy for decades to come.”