Stadium deal gets the green light

FRANKSTON City Council and the Frankston District Basketball Association (FDBA) have now agreed on future lease terms which will guarantee the much-needed redevelopment of the Frankston Basketball Stadium goes ahead. Council

FRANKSTON City Council and the Frankston District Basketball Association (FDBA) have now agreed on future lease terms which will guarantee the much-needed redevelopment of the Frankston Basketball Stadium goes ahead.

Council met with FDBA representatives on Wednesday 28 June to discuss outstanding lease matters with the goal of expediting the redevelopment works. Discussions were facilitated by former Federal Member for Dunkley, the Hon Bruce Billson.

Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey said the finalisation of lease terms will allow FDBA and Frankston City Council to move forward together to complete the urgently-needed renovations to Frankston Stadium.

“This is a fantastic outcome for both the Frankston District Basketball Association (FDBA) and Frankston City Council,” Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey said.
“FDBA has always been a community leader in Frankston and the basketball community as a whole and deserves to reap the benefits of a state-of-the-art facility. 
“This redevelopment will allow the association to continue growing the game in the south-east and help produce even more Olympians, state representatives and to enhance their junior and domestic competitions.
“Frankston Stadium’s redevelopment will help ease some of the pressure on our current basketball infrastructure, as the state’s basketball community needs an additional 280 courts by 2030 just to keep up with growth.”

According to Frankston City Mayor Cr Brian Cunial, “this is a significant outcome for the local community and one which ensures both Victorian and Federal Government funding is not lost,”

“I am absolutely delighted to at last announce that both Council and the basketball association have come together with the best interests of the community in mind to resolve outstanding lease matters, which will ensure the vital stadium redevelopment can commence,” said the Mayor.

“This project is far too important to let it fail, as it will provide additional capacity for the entire community. I thank the FDBA, the basketball community and everyone involved during these lease discussions,”

Discussions centred on key elements of the lease proposal such as the payable rent amount, rent review periods and future works. It was also agreed that a working group to finalise the lease agreement and a project steering group to oversee stage one of works be established.

In more good news, Frankston District Basketball Association President Gary Emery said “the FDBA remains committed to contributing $1 million towards the project,”

“We’re pleased that parties have found common ground and that the negotiations have taken this positive direction. Many issues have been resolved and the signing of the lease is now so much closer,” said Mr Emery.

“I would like to thank the North Ward Councillors, particularly Cr Glenn Aikten, who have supported this project from the outset and also the Hon Bruce Billson for steering us through a delicate part of the lease negotiations,”

“The FDBA membership have been very supportive and patient and we now look forward to concluding the paperwork so we can get on with the job of building a benchmark regional basketball facility,”

“We look forward to working with Council in delivering the much needed additional works which will see Frankston being the model association for future years to come.”

Both the FDBA and Council are incredibly thankful for the support of Bruce Billson, as negotiations benefited from his key role of ensuring both parties maintained focus on the matters at hand to achieve this positive result.

“I would also like to acknowledge the enormous patience and willingness to work with both Council and FDBA representatives shown by construction company Devco, who we look forward to working with as we deliver this project,” said the Mayor.

“Council is committed to progressing stages 1a and 2 of the stadium redevelopment and will continue to work with the FDBA in order to advocate and secure funding for these works at the upcoming State Election,”

A report will be presented to Councillors at the Monday 3 July Ordinary Meeting. A number of steps still need to occur in order to mobilise the redevelopment, with works likely to commence in late-2017.

-joint statement provided by Frankston City Council and FDBA

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