In another boost for community development in Frankston, two infrastructure projects have been given the green light with funding from the Coalition Government approved for stage two of the Frankston North Community Centre, also benefiting the Pines Men’s Shed, and a new Mobile Youth Hangout project through the advocacy of the Federal Member for Dunkley, Chris Crewther MP.
Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said both projects would provide ongoing benefits to the community, through the redevelopment of the popular Pines Community Garden, and the establishment of a Mobile Youth Hangout offering an alternative place for disengaged youth to develop new skills.
“The Mobile Youth Hangout will provide a space where youth can come together safely to watch films, make use of computer and WIFI facilities and engage with youth services,” Minister Nash said.
“I aim to build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to, and upgrading shared community facilities does just that.”
Federal Member for Dunkley Chris Crewther said the Coalition Government is committed to investing in regional communities and he was thrilled to be part of two such exciting projects.
“With stage one already complete, stage two of the Frankston North Community Centre will completely revitalise the Pines Community Garden with installation of a new outdoor kitchen, potting area and accessible amenities creating a green gathering space sure to draw in locals and tourists,” Mr Crewther said.
“This project will also support established services such as after-school activities and programs at the Community Centre to provide social interaction, essential computer and cooking skills training.”
Mayor of Frankston City Council Brian Cunial said Frankston North Community Centre is an important place in the heart of the community where people are warmly welcomed and provided with a wide variety of programs and services that support a healthy and resilient community.
“On behalf of Frankston City Council and the local community I’d like to thank Chris Crewther for the Australian Government’s investment in this fantastic facility and for improving the opportunities for our diverse community members.
“We expect to see the Mobile Youth Hangout out in the Community by October 2017, and Stage 2 of the Frankston North Community Centre will be completed by November 2017,” Cr Cunial said.
The Frankston North Community Centre project is jointly funded by the Coalition Government ($76,500), Frankston City Council ($140,000) and the Australian Men’s Shed.
The Mobile Youth Hangout is jointly funded by the Coalition Government ($90,000) and Frankston City Council ($80,000).