Making News
26/02/2021
Netball, basketball and cricket score big with $35m stadium upgrade
by Mornington Peninsula Magazine

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Frankston City Council has given the green light to the Jubilee Park Stadium redevelopment.

Frankston City Council is about to embark on its biggest infrastructure project in eight years after approving the $35 million redevelopment of Jubilee Park Stadium. Work is expected to start later this year and be completed in late 2023, allowing Frankston City to host major regional netball and basketball events and accommodate a major increase in female participation in sport.

The stadium will feature six multipurpose indoor courts, including a 1000-seat show court, as well as elite training facilities, female-friendly change rooms, and a creche for players’ and spectators’ children. It will also include four indoor cricket nets, facilities for the adjoining sports oval, community meeting and function rooms, and a café.

The council is investing $20.34 million in the redevelopment, with the State Government putting up $10 million and the Federal Government $4.56 million. Its previous largest infrastructure project was the $49 million Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre in 2014.

Jubilee Park is currently home to Peninsula Waves, the Frankston Peninsula Premier Cricket Club, the Frankston YCW Football Netball Club, and the Frankston District Netball Association. Association president Corinna Harvey said: “The 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 stadium will encourage greater diversity for participation from all backgrounds, ages and abilities.”

Frankston City Mayor Kris Bolam said the project would provide a major boost for the region’s economy. “Total employment – including all direct, supply-chain and consumption effects – is estimated to increase by up to 178 jobs. It is estimated that the construction phase alone will increase economic activity and contribute around $40 million in the local economy.”

With the completion in 2016 of the $440,000 adventure playground and design work starting on a $3 million upgrade of the Kevin Collopy Pavilion, Jubilee Park was “one of Frankston City’s premier regional open space reserves – and it just keeps getting better”, Cr Bolam said.

“Whether you’re a netballer, basketballer, cricketer or a local looking for a new coffee spot, this will be a great asset allowing more people to get involved in sport, stay healthy and enjoy what’s on offer in their area.”

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