The proposed development of the Bardia Avenue Stadium in Frankston remains an issue.
Basketball Victoria CEO, Nick Honey has commended the Federal Member for Dunkley, Chris Crewther, for his efforts to bring the Frankston District Basketball Association and Frankston Council together to seek a resolution of differences that have resulted in Council withdrawing the project at the end of 2017.
Mr Crewther said last week “The best option remains that FDBA and council come to a lease agreement by the end of March, enabling our $5.2 million funding for basketball and co-utilised facilities to proceed at the current site, at Frankston Basketball Stadium.”
The Federal Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh has written to Council advising that the stadium upgrade cannot continue without the agreement of the FDBA. A deadline of the end of the month has been set for a final decision.
“This is an important development for basketball in the Peninsula region and we want to see it proceed as originally planned,” Honey said. “In times where there is a strong emphasis on the future health and wellbeing of our children, a centre like the one proposed would be a significant facility where co-ordinated programs that embraced the wider sport and general community would be invaluable.”
The Member for Dunkley has called a meeting on Friday of the parties to discuss the future of the $5.2 million funding of Federal Funding provided for the project. “It is imperative this funding is not lost to this project,” Honey explained. “Basketball Victoria is prepared to work with the Federal Member, Council and the FDBA to seek a compromise that will allow Council to come back to the table and have this project proceed as originally planned.”
Basketball Victoria is aware that alternate use of the funding is being considered by Council, however it has been made clear to all parties that it would not support any development of facilities that did not include our affiliate member, the FDBA.
We look forward to a positive outcome from the meeting.