The local community celebrated big wins yesterday following the official opening of the redeveloped annex at Pines Patch Garden Shed, a new mobile youth hangout bus and the new plans for, and upgraded sporting facilities at, Jubilee Park thanks to a partnership between the Australian Government and Frankston City Council.
Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals’ Leader and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development the Hon. Michael McCormack MP said all community-focused projects were a sound investment in the future of the region.
PINES PATCH GARDEN SHED AND KARINGAL YOUTH HANG OUT BUS
“The freshly re-developed Frankston North Community Centre precinct – which received $76,500 worth of Australian Government funding – is also home to the Pines Men’s Shed, a community based organisation focused on improving the health and wellbeing of its members, which also received an additional $5000 as well,” Mr McCormack said.
With $76,500 from the Australian Government and $184,000 from Council, stage two of the renewal of the shed at Pines Patch Community Garden located at the Frankston North Community Centre has been built, featuring:
“With these improvements the Pines Men’s Shed and Pines Patch Community Garden will now have more capacity to host a range of community activities promoting garden to table cooking options for residents, school groups and other community groups,” said Chris Crewther MP, Federal Member for Dunkley.
This work will improve access to and usability of the community garden, increasing community understanding of nutrition and health.
The Australian Men’s Shed Association contributed an additional $6,500 towards the Frankston North Community Centre upgrades.
“In addition to improvements within the Frankston North Community Centre precinct, the new mobile youth hangout bus will provide an enticing space for youth workers to engage young people at places where they ‘hang out’, such as shopping centres, skate parks and recreational reserves,” Mr Crewther said.
The project, with $90,000 from the Australian Government and $50,000 from Council, consists of the purchase and modification of a 21-seater bus to include a bench seat and fold down tables, installation of a projector screen, WiFi, computer, electrical cabling and an external awning to provide a larger service area by utilising outside space.
“The new Mobile Youth Hangout provides a cost effective outreach service for socially and economically disadvantaged young people within our community,” Frankston City Mayor Cr Colin Hampton said.
“The Hangout bus, which can be stationed at many locations and events across Frankston City, provides a space where young people can feel comfortable and supported.”
“I’m delighted that the Australian Government has been able to provide $160,000 to partner with Council to build new cricket nets, netball court shelter and PA system- and to develop concept design plans for a new indoor stadium at Jubilee Park - that will benefit the growth and development of local netball, football, basketball and cricket communities, and contribute to the health and social wellbeing of the community,” Mr Crewther said.
“As announced in June, I have also been able to secure in-principle budgeted federal funding of $5.2 million towards the expanded indoor stadium project at Jubilee Park.”
“I am excited to see this vision become a reality for the community.”
Mayor Colin Hampton said today’s opening of the new shelters and PA system, in conjunction with recently installed cricket nets at Jubilee Park and the recently completed plans for Jubilee Park, was a major boost for the region.
“I’d like to thank the Federal and Victorian Government’s for their generous contributions towards these upgrades and plans, and look forward to them continuing to support the full redevelopment of Jubilee Park as a regional hub for netball, cricket, basketball and football,” said the Mayor.
“Council has already committed $10.6 million towards expanding the indoor stadium at Jubilee Park alongside the Federal Government’s existing $5.2 million, which will provide elite pathways for our future sports stars. But we need still additional funding to get this $31.5 million project underway.”
“This is a fantastic example of all three levels of government working in partnership for the benefit of the local community and Council looks forward to this positive relationship continuing to deliver vital improvements within Frankston City.”
Federal Member for Dunkley Chris Crewther MP, who attended the two openings in Frankston City today, said “It is wonderful to see these projects come to fruition for the benefit of the local community”.
Nine jobs were supported in Frankston City over the course of these projects.