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Yoga a go go PARKGOERS have been moving it during free fitness sessions at Victoria Park. Sponsored by Frankston Council to promote an active lifestyle, the various 45-minutes weekday sessions start at 9.45am and alternatively cover cross-training, boxing and yoga. Anyone keen to participate should register to get a tailored nutrition plan. See online. Mats the way: Trainer Sarah Sheffield, left, Susan Davies, Lana Stafford-Wright, Nonie Chan and Tania Popplestone on a fitness trip at Victoria Park. Picture: Gary Sissons

Stadium upgrade in strife Neil Walker MILLIONS of dollars in state and federal funding could be lost to the Frankston area amid a stand off over a new lease for the Frankston Basketball Stadium. Construction work on a first stage $12.7 million expansion of the basketball stadium has been halted by Frankston Council over a disagreement between council and the Frankston &

District Basketball Association. It is understood council is seeking to double the annual amount of rent paid by the basketball association to about $60,000 a year and also wants a 6 per cent take of some of the association’s future income. The association is pitching in $1 million to stage one of the Seaford stadium expansion to include retractable seating, four more courts taking the total on site to ten and a new reception area. The federal government is contrib-

uting $5.2 million of taxpayers’ money, the state government $2.5 million of taxpayers’ money and Frankston Council $4 million of ratepayers’ money to stage one of the project. Council CEO Dennis Hovenden confi rmed works at the stadium by builder Devco Project & Construction Management have been stopped. “Construction works on the Frankston Basketball Stadium redevelopment have been temporarily halted due to an agreement not being

reached with the Frankston District Basketball Association for a future lease model,” Mr Hovenden said in a statement. “Council is working alongside the association to discuss potential options in order to proceed with the much-needed upgrade of the stadium.” Devco had begun installing work sheds and storage containers on site. Frankston councillors met last Monday evening (6 March) at a spe-

cial meeting behind closed doors – since the lease is deemed commercial in confidence – to discuss the new lease terms for the Frankston & District Basketball Association. Council officers refused to tell the basketball association the outcome of last Monday’s meeting including how councillors voted on the lease terms. It is understood a majority of councillors voted to press ahead with the demand for higher lease payments. Continued Page 4


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