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Call for Federal funds to develop Kingston as sporting hub of the south

15 April 2016

Kingston Council is calling on all candidates in the upcoming Federal election to help cement Kingston as a sporting hub for Melbourne’s southern region.

Mayor Tamsin Bearsley said Kingston is fast emerging as a sporting hub for Melbourne’s south and Council is keen to build stronger partnerships with the Australian Government to develop strategic regional sporting infrastructure.

“We are calling on local candidates in the upcoming Federal election to throw their support behind building Kingston as a sporting hub for Melbourne’s south,” Cr Bearsley said.  “We need support to meet the growing demand in our region, particularly for indoor netball and basketball courts and for further improvements to improve access for female athletes and people with a disability.”

Kingston Mayor Tamsin Bearsley said that Kingston was the perfect location for the Federal Government to offer strategic investment that will directly deliver a wide range of community building and health initiatives.  “With a range of projects planned or underway, Kingston is set to play a key role in junior development, women’s sport, key talent identification and professional sports.”

Key projects include:

  • proposed $29million Moorabbin Reserve redevelopment – joint project by Victorian Government ($12m), Kingston Council ($5m), AFL ($5), St Kilda Football Club ($5m) and community leagues – that includes St Kilda Football Club facility plus headquarters for community leagues that represent over 14,000 players.
  • Hawthorn Football Club’s proposed 28 hectare Dingley headquarters with significant opportunities for links to community football organisations.
  • Kingston Heath regional soccer facility which is helping drive soccer growth in the area from the top tier Bentleigh Greens NPL team, Bayside United women’s soccer club regional development squad and Kingston City NPL1 teams.  The impressive facility has a state-level match pitch plus two synthetic training pitches all under lights and was developed with Federal Government support.
  • Kingston Council is also investing heavily in infrastructure to support the development of female sport in the region. Recent projects include Bert Thomas Pavilion at Edithvale Reserve ($3.2m) including unisex change rooms, Bonbeach pavilion ($700k) change room upgrade, Dingley Baseball Club ($350k) change room upgrade, Highett Football Club ($200k) change room upgrade, Regents Park Pavilion ($200k) new female toilets.  

            Women’s sport will be further boosted with the expected launch of a St Kilda VFL women’s team, the introduction of female football teams to the             Southern Football Netball League and further development of junior female teams in the South Metro Junior Football League. Council has also recently applied for Community Sports Infrastructure Fund funding to upgrade change rooms at Aspendale’s Browns Pavilion and the Rowan Road netball centre in Dingley.

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