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Advocacy delivers $180m election dividend

Knox Council’s strong advocacy for improved transport and sporting infrastructure has paid off with a $180m election dividend to the community.

A number of Council’s priorities were included in the pre-election Federal Budget, including the $40m duplication of Napoleon Road, $80m extension of Dorset Road to Lysterfield Road and $4m for the Regional Netball Centre.

Advocating governments for increased funding, new infrastructure and improved facilities for Knox residents is an important part of Council’s role. Efforts will now turn to working with both State and Federal Governments to ensure these commitments are delivered.

Knox Regional Netball Centre

Council recently adopted the Knox Regional Netball Centre (KRNC) Masterplan and is working towards concept plans and detailed designs to improve and revitalise the facility.

As the KRNC is both a sporting and recreational asset to everyone in and around Knox, these improvements will reinforce it as a hub for netball in the region and for the thousands of players who participate each week.

Through consultation over the past year, players and visitors gave feedback that they wanted more indoor courts, improved car parking and enhancements to the existing facilities. Around 6,000 people visit the KRNC every week, with as many as 10,000 people during competition finals and special events.

Key features of the Masterplan include:

  • two additional indoor netball courts
  • additional sealed car parking
  • a safer pedestrian thoroughfare and improved drop-off zone
  • improved entry and landscaping

Council has committed $500,000 for Architectural Design and Documentation for the planned upgrades in the 2019/20 Draft Budget, plus Federal MP for Aston Alan Tudge announced $4 million for the new indoor netball courts in April.

Henderson Road Bridge

Construction has already commenced on the long-awaited Henderson Road Bridge, a project made possible due to $6 million funding from the Federal Government, an election commitment by Federal MP Alan Tudge.

The bridge will link Henderson Road North and Henderson Road South across the Corhanwarrabul Creek, helping to reduce traffic congestion in the area by providing an alternate north-south route, especially for local industry.

Once complete the bridge will help to reduce traffic congestion in the Rowville area by providing an alternate north-south route and a much-needed connection to Knoxfield.

Construction is expected to be completed by October/November later this year.

Improved facilities for Knox

Council will work with both State and Federal Governments to implement the federal election commitments, including:

Project Funding
Construction of a multi-deck car park in the Ferntree Gully train station precinct $15 million
Contribution of funding to the construction of a new pavilion for use by the football, netball and cricket clubs, as well as U3A $7 million
Funding to construct more female and junior change rooms at Liberty Reserve $450,000
Additional parking at Boronia Train Station $20 million
Installation of traffic lights at Lewis Road and Boronia Road, Wantirna South $4 million

Council will also work with the Federal Government to pursue election-promised funding for works at Frank Johnson Park, Ferntree Gully Bowling Green lighting and Lakesfield Reserve in Lysterfield.

For more information on Council’s capital works and projects, follow

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