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New Moorabbin Reserve lease sets out strong partnership for the future

13 September 2016

Kingston Council has approved a 50-year lease at Moorabbin Reserve for the St Kilda Football Club as part of the $29million redevelopment of the site.

Under the lease agreement, St Kilda Football Club will be charged approximately $81,905 each year for the first decade and $123,905 per year commencing afterwards (indexed annually). 

Kingston Mayor Tamsin Bearsley said the new lease contained tighter controls requiring the club to fund and undertake maintenance of the building.

“We acknowledge there were issues in the past with the old lease from 1966, but thanks to the new lease conditions and a far more positive approach from St Kilda Football Club we are confident the partnership will be a great result for the community.”

“The lease fees are discounted in the first 10 years to recognise the significant funding provided by the club towards the project, which is in line with Council’s usual leasing policies.”

Mayor Bearsley said that the major redevelopment would not only serve as St Kilda’s home base but would transform the site into a key community football hub benefiting thousands of locals.  

“The project will also improve the surrounding parkland and provide a much-needed indoor sports court that the community is crying out for.”

The Moorabbin Reserve redevelopment has been funded by the Victorian Government ($12m), the AFL and AFL Victoria ($6m), St Kilda Football Club ($5m) and community football leagues ($400,000).  Kingston Council has also contributed $5million to the project with $4million dedicated to the community football hub and indoor training court and the remaining $1million to improve the surrounding parkland.

The proposed Moorabbin Reserve redevelopment includes:

  • new administrative and training facilities for St Kilda Football Club and the Southern Metropolitan Junior Football League, Southern Football Netball League, Sandringham Dragons and AFL Victoria region staff
  • oval and facilities to be used for community league finals and other high-profile games
  • lighting to allow for training and potential community level night games
  • commercial activities including (the existing) gaming machines, bar and café facilities
  • accessible public toilets and improved car parking.
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