Basketball Victoria statement: Frankston Stadium faces further delays

THE following is a statement from Basketball Victoria regarding the redevelopment of Frankston Stadium.

The latest round of delays associated with the Frankston Stadium redevelopment have come to Basketball Victoria’s attention.

It is most concerning to see this very important infrastructure project delayed once again. This $12.5m stage 1 of the project is urgently needed to provide Frankston District Basketball Association (FDBA) with the means to expand and provide further access to the basketball community in the Greater Frankston area.

We were advised that after a promising mediation meeting held earlier this year between Council, the FDBA and former Federal MP Bruce Billson, Frankston City Council appears to have dug its heels in demanding further financial information about FDBA’s expenditure. Our concern is that the continued delays place the project in jeopardy.

The FDBA, like many associations invest in elite representative programs for both junior and senior players. It is a part of the pathway provided to players to reach Victorian state teams, NBL and WNBL clubs and can ultimately lead to Olympic Games representation. FDBA have very proud sons in David Andersen and Ryan Broekhoff, who have represented our country at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and this achievement is the continued aim of the association through all its endeavours.

The FDBA has been a fantastic contributor to the Frankston sporting community over many years. Importantly it has been prepared to re-invest in the development of the original stadium on a number of occasions. FDBA continues to work with the three tiers of government to deliver the expansion project which will create a regional facility capable of catering to the continued growth of basketball participation at the grassroots level along with drawing national and international games to the region into the future.

It is disappointing to see this project threatened constantly. These are careless actions that could threaten the viability of FDBA and the sport of basketball within the south eastern suburbs.

Basketball Victoria implores Frankston City Council to resolve these outstanding issues and recommence this long-awaited community infrastructure project.

The basketball infrastructure deficit within Victoria is already problematic, let alone seeing promised infrastructure delayed or threatened.

Basketball Victoria will continue to advocate for its member associations throughout Victoria as stadia construction and redevelopment is of utmost importance.

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