Moorabbin Reserve redevelopment to provide improved amenity to the community

Kingston Council will commit $4 million towards an expanded $29 million Moorabbin Reserve community football hub, including the return of the St Kilda Football Club to Linton Street, plus $1 million towards landscaping works to upgrade the surrounding parkland.

Moorabbin Reserve will once again be at the centre of south eastern sporting life. For Kingston, the redevelopment of Moorabbin is about getting more people, more active, more often.

Last year Kingston Council committed $1.5 million to the redevelopment project, alongside $8 million from the Victorian Government and $1.4 million from the AFL and community football organisations.

Kingston Council has now decided to further invest in this community football hub, which will provide a much needed indoor sports court that the community is crying out for.

St Kilda Football Club recently presented a concept to Council to expand existing redevelopment of the Moorabbin Reserve to include removal of the G.G Huggins stand to make way for state of the art training and administration facilities plus an indoor sports court.

Community football leagues that represent thousands of local players have thrown their support behind the expanded Moorabbin Reserve redevelopment project.

New state of the art facilities will provide a new headquarters for community leagues that represent over 14,000 players from the Southern Football Netball League (SFNL), South Metro Junior Football League (SMJFL) and TAC club Sandringham Dragons.

The SFNL currently represents 33 Member Clubs with 92 AustralianRules football teams and 51 Netball teams – boasting around 5000 players and a volunteer support base of thousands more.

It includes teams from Kingston, Glen Eira, Bayside, Monash, Greater Dandenong, Stonnington, Casey, Port Phillip and Frankston.

The South Metro Junior Football League has 27 member clubs which is made up of 9,500 registered players. Behind that they have 397 teams who play some 3000 games of footy per year with 4000 volunteers through the clubs. The league also has a supporter base of probably anywhere between 35,000 – 45,000 people through parents, family members and friends of the kids.

As the new a home base for the St Kilda Football Club, the community leagues are also looking forward to building stronger links with the professional club – including access to coaching staff to help further develop talented young players.

Project highlights:

  • walking paths
  • dog off leash area
  • landscaping and parkland
  • improved lighting
  • redevelopment of the G.G. Huggins stand
  • improved public toilets
  • new playground

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