Important update regarding committed $2.5million of state investment in basketball
As you may be aware, in 2014 the State Government of Victoria committed $2.5million to kick-start the much-needed expansion of Frankston basketball stadium. This funding was secured by the Frankston & District Basketball Association for the benefit of the association which continues to face scheduling challenges to due to increased participation of basketball which continues to be Frankston’s highest participated team sport.
Due to the current stadium, which the association exclusively funded the construction of (1979 $250,000; 1992 $1.65mill), was built on council land, Frankston City Council were in receipt of these funds to project manage expansion works.
Since council regrettably withdrew their support for expanding Frankston basketball stadium in late 2017, the association has been working with state MP for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny to deliver alternate facilities for basketball located on crown land.
Unfortunately, this process has been hampered by Frankston City Council’s refusal to return the $2.5million back to the state government. This refusal directly undermines the opportunities available to the association to co-fund alternate facilities to the benefit of the 1000s of players, coaches, officials & volunteers connected to the association through their shared passion for the sport of basketball.
The rationale of council’s refusal is based on council having spent a large proportion of the $2.5million on design & legal costs.
As advised to Sonya Kilkenny MP, it is the position of the FDBA that this funding committed to in 2014 be activated for the benefit of basketball in Carrum electorate which was and continues to remain the intention of the funding.
Due to this issue now escalating with both the state and council engaging legal teams to work through the current impasse, Frankston Basketball encourages you to lend your voice so this much needed funding remains in the seat of Carrum , for the benefit of basketball.