Victoria's new Pride Centre gets a home in St Kilda
The Andrews Labour Government announced that the first Australian Pride Centre is one step closer to becoming a reality with the announcement that the centre will be located in St Kilda.
Announced in April last year, the Pride Centre will be an LGBTI hub for groups and organisations to share ideas and resources to further their work supporting equality, diversity and inclusion across the state and will be located at 79-81 Fitzroy Street in St Kilda.
While queer business on Melbourne’s south side of the river have struggled to stay afloat over the past decade, this site will provide a strong LGBTIQ presence of a different kind, and being along the path of Melbourne’s iconic annual Pride March will make it a proud beacon as community groups march by it each year.
“We will own this site in perpetuity – and march by it every Pride March knowing it is ours,” said Victorian Pride Centre Board Member Jude Munro AO.
Since the Pride Centre was announced extensive consultation has taken place with the LGBTI community to identify what were the important elements to make it successful with location being a big factor. The St Kilda site was successful as it was vacant and was offered on a freehold basis to the Victorian Pride Centre on behalf of the LGBTI community, provided it operates there for the next 20 years.
The Labor Government has invested $15 million toward the Pride Centre which was a centrepiece of their 16/17 budget that continued record investment in services and facilities for LGBTI Victorians, and will be bigger than San Francisco’s LGBTI Community Centre.
“The Pride Centre is long overdue – it is exciting news for the LGBTI community and yet another welcome addition to St Kilda.” Said Minister for Equality Martin Foley, “Our LGBTI community has a lot to be proud of, I congratulate everyone involved and we looking forward to see the site come to life.”
Work on the Pride Centre is expected to take begin over the next twelve months.