Frankie’s back! Yes, everyone’s favourite gnome has returned from a global adventure that took him to New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, England, France, Italy and the US. Last month, he announced on Frankston City Council’s Facebook page that he had signed a four-year lease on a new plinth at the corner of Hastings Rd and Moorooduc Highway, next to Monash University.
“When I arrived back following my world travels, to be honest I felt a little lost,” Frankie said. “I knew I wanted to once again call Frankston home, but I wasn’t sure where or how to make it happen. I was speaking to a friend about my conundrum and he suggested that perhaps I rent a place for a few years and suss out where I want to be long-term – so that’s what I’ve done.”
The nomadic gnome explored many landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Statue of Liberty, and the Great Wall of China.
Frankston City Mayor Sandra Mayer was delighted to have Frankie back. “Frankie has become a local legend and a favourite with residents, particularly children. He just makes you smile.”
So where to after your lease is up, Frankie? “I have no idea. This world is full of beautiful places and people. However, there’s no place quite like Frankston City.”