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Frankston is a suburb of Melbourne in the local government area of the City of Frankston. It is located 41 km south-east of the Melbourne city centre and is often referred to as "the gateway to the Mornington Peninsula". Situated on the eastern shoreline of Port Phillip, Frankston has been a popular seaside destination of Melbourne since the 1880s. Frankston Beach is still one of the most frequented in Victoria and is recognised as one of the cleanest in Australia. It is also home to one of the largest exhibitions of sand sculpting in the Southern Hemisphere. The suburb of Frankston has particular strengths in the health care, retail/hospitality, and education industries. Four sizeable hospitals, numerous health care providers, two regional shopping centres, a hard goods retail park, a university campus, a large TAFE institute as well as various secondary and primary schools are all located within the suburb and are a significant source of employment.

Recognising the importance of Frankston as a major activity centre in southern metropolitan Melbourne, the Victorian Government has committed significant investment towards kick starting the revitalisation of Frankston Town Centre.

Building on the $63 million redevelopment of Frankston Train Station in 2018, the Frankston Revitalisation Project has expanded to include much needed traffic and streetscape improvements in the surrounding precinct as well as projects to improve community safety and attract more people back to the town centre. Working closely together, the State Government, Frankston City Council, local stakeholders, businesses, and the community have successfully begun the work of renewing Frankston through shopfront improvements, restoring laneways, launching street art and other community festivals, and building development and business sector confidence. Supporting vulnerable groups and providing skills and training opportunities have also been an important priority for the Frankston Revitalisation Project with innovative initiatives to address drug and alcohol dependence, build capacity of youth at risk, and encourage creativity and social entrepreneurship.

Aerial photo of outdoor dining area in Frankston

Frankston Revitalisation Board

The Board provides a local voice to the Victorian Government's Suburban Revitalisation program, working with local communities to identify opportunities for locally-led projects to make Frankston thrive.

Questions, ideas and feedback for the Board are encouraged and welcome. You can get in touch with the Board by emailing suburban.revitalisation@ecodev.vic.gov.au.

Photo of PAUL EDBROOKE MP Paul was raised with a strong sense of community and social conscience by parents who worked in the Latrobe Valley coal mines and ran their own businesses.  Paul’s family are also long time Salvation Army members, his father, a Corps Sergeant Major.  Prior to becoming a Firefighter, Paul completed a Bachelor of Education in Primary and Secondary teaching and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History/Politics and Sociology before commencing teaching in local primary schools and Special Developmental Schools.

Paul fell in love with the Frankston area instantly when he was posted to Frankston Fire Station as a career Firefighter in 2001. As a Firefighter for 14 years based at Frankston, Paul developed strong ties within our community and a reputation for getting the job done, even in the most challenging circumstances.

Paul has attended countless local incidents that have touched our community and also state wide disasters such as the Black Saturday bushfires and Morwell coal mine fire. Paul and his team were commended by then Chief Officer, Craig Lapsley in 2006 for rescuing the victim of a house fire in Gould St and successfully resuscitating her on the footpath and has also received other medals for services to our community.  Paul is now a volunteer at the Frankston CFA and is also known for his other volunteer work in the community.

Photo of Mayor Cr Kris Bolam Mayor Kris Bolam JP FAIM has been a resident of Frankston City for more than 20 years, and been involved in the community for the majority of this time.

Mayor Bolam was first elected to Frankston City Council in 2008 and served until 2012 in the North-West Ward.

Mayor Bolam is the youngest Mayor (2010-2011) and Deputy Mayor (2011-2012) in the municipal history of Frankston. He was also the youngest Justice of the Peace in Victorian history, following his appointment in 2008.

Following his decision not to contest the 2012 Frankston City Council election, Mayor Bolam joined Victoria Police as a sworn Protective Services Officer (First Class). Mayor Bolam has also served on a number of community boards and was recognised as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management in 2015.

In 2016 Mayor Bolam was again elected to Frankston City Council, and was the only former Councillor to be re-elected in 2020.

Mayor Bolam has raised the most business of any Councillor, having accrued more than 235 Notices of Motion in his two non-consecutive terms.

In addition to his mayoral duties, Mayor Bolam is the first Frankston Mayor ever to be appointed by the Minister for Local Government to the Victorian Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel (VLGMAP) and the first Frankston mayor in more than 10 years to be elected to the Municipal Association of Victoria Board.

Mayor Bolam holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Politics and Policy Studies, a Bachelor of International Studies with a double major in International Relations and Middle East Studies, a Master of Business Administration and a Graduate Diploma in Management.

The Mayor’s priorities include good governance reforms, new and upgraded infrastructure throughout the municipality, and ensuring that Frankston bounces back after what has been a volatile and challenging period due to the global pandemic.

Photo of Phil CantillonMr Cantillon joined Frankston City Council as the Director, Community Assets and most recently served as Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr Cantillon was appointed CEO in September 2019 and is looking forward to working alongside Council and officers to help Frankston City reach its full potential.

Mr Cantillon acted as CEO at Baw Baw Shire Council in 2017. Further to this, he has also held senior roles at state level, including the former Tasmanian Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources and NSW Roads and Traffic Authority.

Photo of Karinda Taylor Karinda Taylor is a Wamba Wamba woman born and raised in the North West of Victoria. Karinda is the Chief Executive Officer at First Peoples’ Health and Wellbeing, a trauma informed, culturally safe Aboriginal health service, made up of comprehensive primary care, mental health and trauma counselling teams. She's also a proud mum of four beautiful souls ranging from 5 to 25 and wife to Justin.

As a registered nurse and midwife, Karinda is an experienced and committed health professional who believes connection to culture, kin and a sense of belonging are vital to overall health and wellbeing. With over fifteen years experience in Aboriginal health, Karinda has worked in various clinical, strategic leadership and management roles across Aboriginal community controlled health organisations, state government and regional and metro hospitals.

Photo of Gabe North-HarneyGabe North-Harney manages Vicinity Bayside Centre and takes a triple bottom line approach – factoring in the financial, social and environmental concerns of the area in which the Centre operates. Gabe believes that productive stakeholder engagement is imperative, as local organisations work together to catalyse investment opportunities and bring about positive community outcomes.

Shopping centres are a vital part of the community and are more than just places to shop. At Vicinity Centres, Gabe and the organisation believe they have a responsibility, beyond simply maintaining a clean and safe environment, to look after people. They are a microcosm of the community and are working to make the Centre a welcoming place where people come together to connect.

Photo of Felicity ToppFelicity has responsibility for leading the development and execution of Peninsula Health’s long-term strategy and organisational goals. Felicity has worked in the Victorian healthcare system for over 30 years and undertaken many roles. She has trained as a nurse and worked in intensive care, as a nurse manager, clinical nurse consultant divisional director of nursing and in a number of executive leadership roles.

She's worked in a number of great organisations including Melbourne Health, Barwon Health, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and is now Chief Executive of Peninsula Health where she oversees 6,000 staff and an operating budget of more than $700 million. She’s also a non-executive director for the Kyneton District Health Service and the Victorian Hospitals Industrial Association, and a Fellow of the Fairfax Ethical Leadership Centre.

Photo of Lara OlsenAn Australian and international utility leader, Ms Olsen has the right skills and experience to lead the next phase of South East Water’s evolution, blending customer experience, digital and technological expertise in both the corporate and start-up environment.

Prior to joining South East Water, Ms Olsen was the Global Head of Business Development and Industrial Product at Tesla Energy based in the USA, responsible for scoping and launching Tesla’s next generation of commercial business models and industrial products. Before her time in the US, she led the Business Development and Industrial Product team for Tesla Australia, including the big battery projects in South Australia and Victoria.

Photo of Karin HaanKarin is Chair of the ‘Responding to alcohol and drugs in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula’ (RAD-FMP) project, which was formed to rejuvenate the Frankston train station and surrounding area.

Photo of Professor David Copolov Professor Copolov is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Major Campuses and Student Engagement) at Monash University and is responsible for providing Senior Management oversight of:

  • Key issues at the interface between the University and the main student associations representing all the students studying or researching at Monash’s Australian campuses
  • Central leadership programs, including the Vice-Chancellor’s Ancora Imparo Student Leadership Program and Monash Minds
  • The University’s mental health strategy and policy

He also facilitates the activities of the Vice Chancellor’s Professorial Fellows and provides strategic, policy and operational input in relation to a variety of cross-portfolio issues that arise within the Office of the Chief Operating Officer.

Photo of Ginevra Hosking Ginevra’s connection to the Frankston community is deep-rooted and personal. She is the grand-daughter of Frankston’s first mayor and local business founder Perc Hosking; she resides with her family in this city and is passionately active with her local community.

Ginvera's grandfather Perc Hosking established Hoskings Jewellers in Young Street in 1945. Seventy years later Hoskings remains one of Frankston’s great corporate success stories, boasting 350 employees across Australia in 30 stores, with a turn-over of $46 million. Ginevra is part of the corporate team that manages Hoskings’ Australia-wide operations. With degrees in both Science and Commerce, she has also been a senior manager and strategist in the ANZ bank in Melbourne for the last 16 years, leading significant changes in how the ANZ manages payments and its customer communications across Australia.

Ginevra is an economic strategist specialising in organisational vision and instigating major change programs.

With more than 18 years of experience, Ginevra has led a variety of transformational strategic projects including start-up business opportunities, macro competitive analysis, reimagined mature business solutions, cross-divisional strategies, cost-containment programs, industry negotiations, and mergers and acquisitions.

Ginevra is motivated by a desire to make a lasting and meaningful difference through her work and to leave a stronger and more connected Frankston for the next generation. She has a proven ability to lead organisational transformation programs, prepare pragmatic and empirically based recommendations, and influence stakeholders on multi-million dollar investments.

Photo of Cameron Rambert Cameron is a multi-disciplinary digital strategist with with more than 10 years of experience in freelancing to advertising agencies and technology start-ups. Cameron is also the Founder of Freelance Australia, an NGO whose mission is to represent the collective interests of Australian freelancers, contractors and independent workers as we progress towards a new Future of Work. Cameron often speaks on the topic of entrepreneurship, co-working and the Future of Work in numerous national publications and television programs.

Photo of Stephen VartyStephen most recently held the position of Chief of Education, having joined Chisholm in 2015 from Victoria University where he was the Director of Innovation and Engagement.

Stephen has held a number of senior managerial leadership positions across the VET and HE sectors both in the UK and Australia.

His passion is education and implementation of innovative practice, creative training solutions, coaching and leadership execution to transform and increase the competence and productivity of individuals and business.

Frankston Station st mall at night

Projects funded in Frankston

The Responding to Alcohol and other Drugs – Frankston and Mornington Peninsula (RAD-FMP) Phase 2 project consists of three components:

  • expansion of Responding to Alcohol and other Drugs (RAD) and YouRPath Youth Engagement Project,
  • preparation of an Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Nurse Practitioner Information Guide and
  • development and demonstration of a Medically Assisted Treatment of Opioid Dependence (MATOD) Prescriber/Pharmacist collaborative shared-care model, using community pharmacists.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $300,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in late 2021.

A viable business plan will be developed for a social enterprise café at 7a Station Street, Frankston.

The premises is a vacant shop front attached to First Peoples’ Health and Wellbeing clinic in the Frankston mall. It is a one minute walk from the Frankston train station and receives significant foot-traffic throughout the day.

The establishment a social enterprise café will provide social and economic benefits for the local Aboriginal and broader community. This training café will focus on offering genuine job and training opportunities in a culturally safe and sensitive environment for Aboriginal people living in and around Frankston.

The Suburban Revitalisation program has provided $100,000 in funding for the project and it was completed in mid 2021.

Frankston High School students will create a high quality piece of street art in conjunction with a professional street artist who has experience in mentoring and supporting students throughout a project.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $23,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in early 2022.

The City Park project is a proposal to develop currently unused Victrack land located on Young Street Frankston at the end of Wells Street which has been recently developed as part of the Frankston Transport Hub redevelopment. This project will deliver the Final Concept and Costings for City Park.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $35,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in early 2022.

The Nepean Highway Hospitality Precinct Project will support a minimum of 10 businesses to expand outdoor dining into car parks, extended kerbsides and a laneway. The concept includes expansion of kerbside dining along Nepean Highway in Frankston’s city centre where several clusters of hospitality businesses with significantly limited capacity and ability to expand trade on the existing kerbside exists.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $135,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in early 2022.

The program will create a plan to promote a positive image and stimulate economic activity in the Frankston city centre. The plan will outline varying marketing and communication tools to be utilised to attract participants to events, increase community spirit and a sense of belonging, promote the work of Council and State Government funding, increase the positive image for Frankston, improve perceptions of positive activity and feelings of safety and increase visitation.

The Suburban Revitalisation program has provided $5,000 in funding for the project and it was completed in mid 2021.

This project will create an iconic, night-time landmark for Frankston City and will support a variety of recreational uses as day turns to night by providing creative, ambient lighting that is considerate of its environmental context.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $187,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in early 2022.

The project will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians as well as connecting the Monash University Campus, Frankston Hospital and Frankston Station, linking three major hubs within Frankston.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $350,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in late 2021.

The project will deliver improvements to Fletcher Road Gateway site including greenery on either side of the Fletcher Road Overpass to enhance Frankston's Urban Forest with a diverse section of local trees and plants to contribute to urban biodiversity. The Fletcher Road underpass Lighting pilot project will demonstrate clever, creative, robust and sustainable lighting technology. Lighting this underpass will create safety, legibility and access and complement planned completion of the shared user path 'missing link' along the rail corridor into Frankston and, Street Art to Fletcher Road underpass.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $250,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in late 2022.

Activation of Nepean Hwy between Davey and Playne Street will complement VicRoads' proposal for a new 40km speed limit. Improvements will include:

  • a creative lighting pilot to add to a vibrant and cultural experience of the highway for both motorists and pedestrians,
  • targeted façade improvements that will encourage businesses and landowners along this block to enhance the presentation of their building or business, and
  • median landscape improvements such as landscaping improvements to the central median to complement lighting and facade improvements.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $475,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in late 2022.

Photo of expanded dining in Frankston

The project will deliver a large-scale indigenous wall artwork on South-East Water's city building on the Catchment Lane frontage to celebrate Aboriginal culture and create vibrancy and visitor attraction.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $70,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in early 2022.

The projects aims to identify requisite enablers and barriers for full implementation of the Frankston Social Enterprise Hub (FSEH), including pilot testing of select FSEH activities to assess reach and effectiveness. Informed by these assessments, a complete business case will be developed for the implementation of FSEH.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $199,525 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in early 2022.

An eSports Ingame Leadership Program will engage with Youth-at-risk residing in the Frankston area to encourage and develop self-esteem and emotional intelligence needed to cope with their current circumstances and to better handle future challenging situations.

The Suburban Revitalisation program has provided $60,000 in funding for the project and it was completed in mid 2021.

The program will be delivered in three phases:

  • Phase 1 of the program is to attract a number of interns to participate in, and complete, allocated projects over a 12-week timeframe.
  • Phase 2 ​of the program is to repeat the process over subsequent terms, plus the 20/21 Summer Holiday period with a possible increase in intern numbers and project number after the initial phase trial.
  • Phase 3 ​is to roll the program out to a wider local business network within the Frankston region, allowing for long-term sustainability and diversity of the program - increasing skills growth & industry exposure.

The Suburban Revitalisation program has provided $100,000 in funding for the project and it was completed in mid 2021.

The project will activate White Street Mall through a series of short-term installations. A program of two month cycle activations will be developed. The White Street Mall short-term static place activations will contribute to the transformation of the Frankston Station Precinct into a safer, more modern place of business and activity.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $100,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in late 2021.

The project will deliver new signage to direct all visitors, through accessible wayfinding, to the key locations within Frankston from the new Frankston train station.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $50,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in late 2021.

The program will promote a positive image and stimulate economic activity in the Frankston city centre through the creation of an app which will encourage visitation and create an interactive experience for visits to Frankston.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $40,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in late 2021.

The project will reinvigorate a service lane to provide a more useable shared space through greening, lighting and public art. The outcomes are safer and accessible lane to encourage walking and activation, increased footfall to deter vandalism and anti-social behaviours, and encouraging cafes to open out onto the lane and activate with kerbside dining.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $275,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in early 2022.

The program will promote a positive image and stimulate economic activity in Frankston city centre through streetscape improvements, placemaking activities, and local business and community participation. The project will include façade improvement grants, laneway activations, placemaking events, kerbside dining improvement grants and shop activation grants.

The Suburban Revitalisation program is providing $175,000 in funding for the project and it's anticipated to be completed in late 2021.

The project will expand footpaths and repurpose road space to accommodate additional outdoor dining. The project aims to increase pedestrian traffic and improve street presence for local businesses. Six key locations have been identified for the initial parklet installations.

The Suburban Revitalisation program has provided $150,000 in funding and it was completed in mid 2021.

Page last updated: 16/09/21