Upgraded Ballam Park athletics track now open

Media Release


08 March 2015

Joint release with:

Bruce Billson

Federal Member for Dunkley;
Minister for Small Business

Ballam Park Athletics Centre has received a significant boost with the official opening of its resurfaced synthetic athletics track.

Member for Dunkley Bruce Billson today opened the resurfaced track and unveiled the commemorative plaque.

“This project delivers on one of my 2013 election commitments to maintain the track's status as the best in our region for a range of uses from elite to leisure.

“A high quality and safe track surface is crucial to the school athletic carnivals, weekend Little Athletics, general training, and Masters and community events that happen here on a regular basis.

“The Commonwealth Government is focused on ensuring communities have access to up to date facilities that also support the local economy, and this track is one example.

“I thank everyone who will be involved in maintaining the upgraded track, which will be used and enjoyed by many for years to come.

“I particularly want to thank the dedicated volunteers who combine to make Ballam Park a showcase for athletics in our region. They give their personal best everyday so our athletes, elite and inspiring can pursue their personal best.”

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs said the project was another example of the Australian Government's commitment to building productive infrastructure for communities across Australia.

“We are getting on with the job of delivering over $300 million towards almost 300 community projects across Australia,” Mr Briggs said.

Work on the upgrade began in November 2014.

The project is jointly funded with the Australian Government contributing $200,000 and the Frankston City Council investing $242,000.