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The Committee for Greater Frankston is a visionary politically independent think-tank that advocates to all levels of government for a better deal for the Frankston region. The Greater Frankston region incorporates Carrum Downs, Seaford, Langwarrin, Somerville, Mt Eliza and Frankston City Centre and encompasses three Federal seats (Isaacs & Dunkley are marginal), four State seats (two of which, Frankston and Carrum, are marginal) and two local Council electorates.

Independently funded and bipartisan, the Committee brings together prominent local business and community leaders to drive strategic change. Our advocacy approach focuses on articulating a well-reasoned, well-supported case for major infrastructure and policy reform.

Focusing attention on just a handful of major issues at any one time, these evidence-based strategies aim to deliver greater investment, more jobs, improved transport, and better health and education outcomes for the people of this region and, in so doing, help our area achieve the progress that it deserves.

The idea to establish a regional advocacy group was inspired by a breakfast convened by Proudly Frankston in May 2015. It was at that meeting that John Kilgour, the then-CEO of the Committee for Ballarat, outlined how Ballarat businesses had combined to successfully advocate for major infrastructure to progress the Ballarat region. An independent working group to establish a Committee for Greater Frankston  was formed that morning and took 20 months to successfully complete its work. The Committee for Greater Frankston was officially launched by Victorian State Government Treasurer, Tim Pallas, on 10 February 2017. With a robust governance structure, a new CEO and an impressive Board in place by March 2017, the Committee’s first task was to develop a strategic direction to move aside some major problems that have plagued Greater Frankston for decades, by setting clear objectives and advocacy priorities for 2017 and 2018. 

A more extensive library of information about each of the Committee’s advocacy priorities can be found on this website under Share the Vision. Keep up-to-date with the progress being made by reading The Latest News.

Our region

We are proud members of the Committees for Cities and Regions Network, an influential network in Australia and New Zealand of like-minded member-based organisations operating for the benefit of their respective communities.

The C4 network is not just an information exchange, but also an opportunity for members to collaborate in joint advocacy with government on shared priorities.

The network represents Committees for Adelaide, Auckland (NZ), Ballarat, Brisbane, Broome, Canterbury (NZ), Cairns, Echuca Moama, Geelong, Gippsland, Greater Frankston, Greater Shepparton, the Hunter, Melbourne, Perth, Portland, Sydney, Wagga and Wyndham. 

Our Newsletters

November 2017 – January 2018

As we farewell 2017 and welcome in 2018, this newsletter: discusses the Committee for Greater Frankston’s advocacy priorties and objectives for the upcoming state election; calls on Council to plan appropriately for more city carparking and announces that VicRoads is undertaking a study into the duplication of Lathams Road.

The Committee for Greater Frankston has recently hosted two fantastic events with former premier Jeff Kennett speaking on the importance of clearly articulating a 50-year vision for our city and Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan on investments to provide ‘more Frankston trains, more often’

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September – October 2017

This newsletter gets down to business:

  • More people, but less jobs, are heading our way.
  • Improve the region’s most productive industrial precinct by improving the major road into it — Lathams Road, Carrum Downs;
  • Improve access to jobs by improving public transport links — electrify the train line to Langwarrin;
  • Secure more professional and university jobs by building a world-class health research centre; and
  • Provide more health jobs by extending the capacity of Peninsula Health.

In addition, Monash University gives us a glimpse of its plans to reinvigorate its Peninsula Campus.  

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May 2017

This edition details the two months after the launch of the C4GF. An inaugural President is elected, a CEO starts work and a new Board starts to shape a strategic direction.  

  • Meet the inaugural President, Fred Harrison, and the first CEO, Ginevra Hosking
  • Read Fred’s guiding vision
  • Learn the news you may not be hearing about our region —
    • Frankston falls out of Plan Melbourne
    • Frankston Councillors withdraw support for the Port of Hastings
    • Possible airport planned for the South East of Melbourne

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November 2016

Our first newsletter was produced when the working group to establish the Committee for Greater Frankston was raising money, recruiting members and talking-up major change.

  • The time to unleash the potential of Greater Frankston is now
  • What businesses want from the C4GF
  • Why our first member signed up — an insight
  • How the C4GF will work
  • Profile of the working group set-up to establish the C4GF

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