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Saints ponder 're-engaging' Moorabbin

Moorabbin Oval as it stands in 2012.

Moorabbin Oval as it stands in 2012. Photo: Wayne Taylor

ST KILDA has taken another step towards re-engaging Moorabbin, appointing strategic sports marketing consultants the Gemba Group to develop a feasibility study for their former home ground.

The Saints have secured the support of the City of Kingston for what they describe as a "broad vision for a community sporting hub at Moorabbin Reserve".

As part of this, the Saints have turned to Gemba - the company formerly part-owned by Essendon coach James Hird - to develop a presentation to the Baillieu Government on the "community infrastructure needs."

If given the go-ahead, this multi-million development could mean the Saints would split their training sessions between their new Linen House facility at Seaford and their old ground.

Saints president Greg Westaway said the club was working to redevelop Moorabbin.

"We think we can we do things with that to help junior football and other parts of the competition and do something for the Moorabbin community as well," Westaway said.

"Everyone can win out of that, if we do it right. We think we have a pretty good plan."

Asked if the Saints were keen to return to training on a regular basis at Moorabbin, Westaway said: "I think we will train there intermittently but far be it for me to say when because the football department coaches will make a call on that. It can be disruptive unless it is well planned."

The Saints train occasionally at Moorabbin.

St Kilda's lease at its old home does not expire for another 28 years. The Southern Football League and AFL Victoria also have offices there.

The TAC's Sandringham Dragons and the South Metro Junior Football League would also be based at Moorabbin under the proposal.

The Saints began to look elsewhere in 2007 after falling out with the City of Kingston over a proposed redevelopment. The City of Frankston tipped in almost $4 million to the Seaford development, but the Saints, with their expanding football department, have already started to outgrow it.

22 comments so far

  • Be interesting to know the full and inside story of the 2007 "falling out with the City of Kingston over a proposed redevelopment", particularly if it was one of those situations where Green-tinged arty-farty types get the numbers on an LGA, and start to deny council lands to uncultured, competitive bogan pursuits like football and cricket, and handed over to non-competitive so-called passive recreational pursuits - all with Gaia's blessing, of course.

    And, naturally, with Other People's Money.

    A follow-up, Ms Wilson?

    Commenter
    40 Degrees S
    Date and time
    December 05, 2012, 1:33PM
    • @40 Degrees S - I think you'll find that it was because City of Kingston already reached its threshold for pokie machines and refused to apply to increase their allowable numbers by a few hundred or to compensate St Kilda (unlike City of Frankston who paid them to go down there and changed their rules on pokies). Also, the oval has been left vacant for years and falling into disrepair since St Kilda left, not used to benefit the community either as a playing field or a park. Perhaps attacks on the 'arty-farty greenies' should wait until you know the whole story

      Commenter
      daph26
      Date and time
      December 05, 2012, 5:23PM
  • They should never have gone to frangy in the first place. None of the players like it.

    Commenter
    Dano
    Date and time
    December 05, 2012, 1:55PM
    • Should never have left the place. Poor business decision from Archie Frazer. Redevelop the facility for a returning St.Kilda reserves team in the VFL and youth player academy. Would be great for football in the area.

      Keep the Seaford training base for the community etc. and to engage the entire Bay side area. St.Kilda really is the bay side club. Time to embrace it and make the most of it.

      Commenter
      Charlie
      Location
      Paddys Pub
      Date and time
      December 05, 2012, 2:28PM
      • Great idea. Sainters (no, I'm not a member or even a supporter) still have a local community support base. Although maybe asking them to back to Junction Oval is a little too far....

        Commenter
        Alasdair
        Location
        Adelaide
        Date and time
        December 05, 2012, 5:09PM
      • Westaway gave his approval to yet another dopey decision.

        Commenter
        Adam
        Location
        St Kilda
        Date and time
        December 05, 2012, 5:11PM
    • Why don't they just move further south and relocate to Tasmania. Plenty of room down there and they can even build offices for a full time legal team to handle all their off field indiscretions.

      Commenter
      Michael
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      December 05, 2012, 2:35PM
      • they could also make money off of a box set dvd series of all the off field discretions we know of and havent been told of so far . they should move there training base to the negev desert in israel and swim in the dead sea its the only way they might have a chance of staying afloat in the near future

        Commenter
        tiger
        Location
        richmond
        Date and time
        December 06, 2012, 7:59PM
    • This is about keeping the poker machines there and nothing else.

      Engaging with the community is nothing more than having locals enter their pokies venue.

      Shameful if this goes anywhere.

      Commenter
      Moorabbin resident
      Location
      Moorabbin
      Date and time
      December 05, 2012, 3:04PM
      • As a long suffering Saints fan, I don't want two training facilities - I just want one premiership.

        Commenter
        Bemused
        Location
        Planet Earth
        Date and time
        December 05, 2012, 3:11PM

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