Frankston Times 2 August 2022

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Huge office building proposed for motel site Brodie Cowburn THE former International Motel site in Frankston could soon be home to an expensive state government office building. A $49 million office building for 450 employees is proposed to be built at 383 Nepean Highway. The state government has signed a lease agreement with property group Castlerock, who will deliver the project. If it moves ahead, the site is expected to house the Department of Justice and Department of Families, Fairness and Housing. An application has been made to Frankston Council to progress the project further. Castlerock managing director Adam Bronts says that his company is looking forward to working with council to complete the project. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to develop another building in concert with the Victorian Government, a building that goes hand in hand with the Frankston Council’s mission to drive growth in the community by generating investment and creating local employment opportunities,” Bronts said. “In aligning with this mission, the building will feature above best practice sustainability – the greenest in the Frankston CBD, a responsive gateway design to the city centre and connectivity to the surrounding urban realm that will promote social engagement within the community. We look forward to working with the council to help achieve their 2040 vision of being a

PLANS for a new office building in Frankston. The site is expected to host the Department of Justice and Department of Families, Fairness, and Housing. Picture: Supplied

place on the bay to learn, live, work and play in a vibrant, safe, and culturally inclusive community. Our city is clean, green, and environmentally sustainable.” Construction is proposed to start early next year, with completion

scheduled for mid-2024. Castlerock says the project will be “developed within Castlerock’s existing fund Auslink Property Trust No.2 (APT2) which holds approximately $525 million worth of assets leased to governments throughout Australia.”

It settled on the site on 1 June. In 2019 Frankston Council reneged on a plan to sell a parcel of land on Evelyn Street, next to the International Motel Site, to house the Department of Justice (“Evelyn Street investigation done” The Times

13/7/20). The site is a short walking distance from the Frankston Police Station and Frankston Magistrates’ Court. The 383 Nepean Highway proposal will be considered at a future Frankston Council meeting.

Seaford life savers win bronze in boat comp SEAFORD life savers won bronze at the Australian Inflatable Rescue Boat Championships last month. The national championships were held at Mollymook in New South Wales. The Seaford Life Saving Club came home with a trophy, taking third place in an under-23 mass rescue event. The winning team featured Brooke Collins, Isabella Comey, Michael Jacobsen, and Sean Scott-Harvey. Portsea Surf Life Saving Club also returned from the event with silverware, taking out first place in the under-23 men’s tube rescue and second in the open women’s tube rescue. Life Saving Victoria’s general manager education, sport, and club development Kate Simpson congratulated the winning athletes for their efforts. “Victorian lifesavers have a fantastic record of outstanding results at the Australian IRB Championships and I am thrilled to say in 2022 we have continued this proud tradition,” she said. “To see Portsea on the podium twice

and Seaford joining them after being our most improved team at the Victorian Championships is fantastic and I extend my congratulations to everyone for their amazing efforts in Mollymook. “IRB racing allows our athletes to refine key rescue-ready skills driving and crewing the IRB, the most popular piece of modern rescue equipment. The IRB racing season may be over, but I look forward to seeing our drivers, crews and patients between the red and yellow flags next patrol season, using their skills to save lives.”

SEAFORD life savers competing at an event last month. Picture: Supplied

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