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Dolphins get more support Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au

Wonderwall on way: All the roads that lead you there are winding ahead of The Big Picture Fest in Frankston. Picture: Supplied

Wonderwall fest to transform skyline A THREE-DAY festival in late March will bring colourful art to Frankston’s walls. The Big Picture Fest will see experienced street artists, hired to transform drab walls at high-profile sites across central Frankston, work on a highlyvisible vast canvas. A magnificent seven of street artists — headlined by Smug from Glasgow renowned for artwork with photographic realism — will get to work painting images on exterior building walls during the fest. The festival program will include an art walk, street party, photographic tour, a group street artwork and the large-scale artworks displayed for all to see. Artists will begin work on Monday

19 March around Frankston streets and the Big Picture Fest itself will be held on Friday 23 March until Sunday 25 March. “Council is excited to see blank walls at key locations in Frankston’s city centre being transformed over the coming weeks as part of The Big Picture Fest,” Frankston mayor Cr Colin Hampton said. “Making the laneways bright and vibrant with street art will create an intriguing outdoor exhibition for art lovers to admire.”Artworks will be displayed at: n The BRAAP Motorcycle Centre in Park Lane n The Alley Barber wall in Steibel Place n The second storey of the wall at the back of Robinson’s Book Shop on

Steibel Place. n Two adjoining walls on Olsen Street n The Frankston Foundry wall on Wells Lane and n Two adjacent walls towards the Station Street end of Gallery Lane. The Big Picture Fest will be overseen by Brecknock Consulting and Joel Van Moore, creator of the Wonderwalls Festival in Port Adelaide. The festival is being funded through council’s Street Art Masterplan, part of the state government’s $63 million Frankston Station Precinct Redevelopment. Council has allocated $165,000 over three years to the Street Art Masterplan. See thebigpicturefest.com online for more details.

CANTEEN and kitchen works at the Frankston Dolphins Football Club’s function centre will be partly funded by ratepayers after Frankston Council decided to contribute $30,000 towards improvements at the centre. Councillors met behind closed doors after the 19 February public council meeting and decided to approve the funding towards upgrades to an upstairs kitchen and downstairs canteen. The mayor Cr Colin Hampton advised council will also contribute about $90,000 of ratepayers’ money to the Dolphins as a sponsor ahead of the club’s re-entry to the VFL in April. “This will not only create a better experience for users of the function centre and at football matches, but will also contribute towards the club’s ongoing success,” the mayor said in a statement. The decision was made in private after the public part of the council meeting since it was deemed to be commercial-in-confidence by council. Dolphins general manager Gary Buckenara thanked council for its support. “We’re having some renovations done and we’re funding most of it,” he said. “A bar downstairs needs to be upgraded to comply with state serving of

Drinks up: Upgrades at the Frankston Dolphins function centre on way.

alcohol regulations. “A lot of it is behind the bar kind of stuff including fridges and freezers and some fridge and freezer seals needing some attention.” The football club went into voluntary administration in 2016 with debts of more than $1 million. The team had its licence stripped by the Victorian Football League but was readmitted last year. Cr Hampton said council will oversee the latest upgrade works at the function centre built in 2015 at a cost of $3.4 million, including $1.5 million pitched in by ratepayers. “We hope to have these works completed in time for the opening round match on 7 April, where we will welcome the new team and Premier of Victoria to kick off the activities.”

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