Moorabbin Grandstands will go

Austadiums   |  Friday 30th November 2007


Kingston Council has vowed the dilapidated grandstands at Moorabbin Reserve will be demolished.

The pledge follows the Saints shock announcement on November 21 that they will leave Moorabbin, their home of 42 years.

St Kilda Football Club  plans to build a new $10.25 million training complex and administration centre at Frankston Park by 2010.

Last week Kingston Council representatives   were urgently trying to lock in a date for emergency talks with the club about the future of the Linton St stadium.

Kingston chief executive John Nevins said that council's priority was to secure an arrangement for the removal of the grandstands at the reserve.

He said the Saints' decision to move their training base to Frankston was a financial one for the club.

Mr Nevins said the council had opted out of a bidding war to keep the AFL club, which had accepted a $3 million offer from Frankston Council.

St Kilda  pays $60,000 a year to lease the Linton St ground from Kingston. The lease will expire in 2040.

St Kilda Football Club chief executive Archie Fraser confirmed last week the club would honour its lease.

He said the Saints would continue to have a presence at the site, running the social club with its 83 gaming machines.

Mr Nevins said under the lease agreement St Kilda had been responsible for the upkeep of the grandstands.

He said the council and the Saints had received a condition report of the stadium in the past month, which determined it was in poor condition.

Mr Fraser said he had not seen the report, and its timing had not influenced the club's decision to go to Frankston.

Mr Nevins said the council looked forward to sitting down with St Kilda representatives.

''St Kilda would want to do the right thing for Kingston, and particularly the residents of Moorabbin,'' Mr Nevins said.

Mark Cerne
Moorabbin Kingston Leader


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