201509.14

New function centre to boost Frankston’s convention credentials


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The completion of the Frankston Park Function Centre, which officially opens this weekend, is an opportunity to make our city the place of choice in the region for conventions and other large functions.

Up until now, the Frankston Arts Centre has been the sole facility able to accommodate such events within central Frankston.

When the excellent, popular arts centre is not suitable, available or cost effective for the function organiser’s needs, organisers have been forced to leave the region to find a venue.

The new function centre will provide another venue option for conferences and larger functions – boosting Frankston’s convention credentials.

It will lead to an injection into the economy through increased patronage of our motels, transport, eating outlets and retail stores, many of which are small businesses.

Importantly, the centre will also provide a boost for the Frankston Dolphins, which has had an increase in demand for club events and contributes significantly to football across the Mornington Peninsula.

I am therefore delighted the new function centre is already taking bookings and will be officially open from this weekend. Individuals, organisations and groups are encouraged to consider the centre for their next event.

Recognising the potential of the centre, I made the project an election commitment and secured a $200,000 contribution from the Australian Government.  The centre is one of a number of local projects the Government is investing in to support the community, boost the local economy and create jobs.

Congratulations and thank you to the other parties which have made significant contributions to make the centre a reality.

I am looking forward to being part of the official opening on Saturday as both the Member for Dunkley and Minister for Small Business.