AIDS 2014 a hub of activity
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AIDS 2014 a hub of activity

LAST UPDATED // Tuesday, 29 July 2014 11:25 Written by // James Findlay

MELBOURNE: In an unprecedented joint venture between the City of Yarra, Living Positive Victoria and local businesses, the Yarra Social Hub will be created to capitalise on the influx of visitors this July for the AIDS 2014 Conference.

An estimated 14,000 delegates from nearly 200 countries will arrive in Melbourne for the conference, which is expected to substantially boost the Victorian economy.

“I haven’t seen anything like this before. The community reaction to the conference here in Melbourne is incredible,” Head of AIDS 2014 Secretariat, Jelena Milovic said.

“Usually when the conference is on, delegates are on the lookout for things to do after long hours at the conference centre, the social hub idea is wonderful!” she said.

Simon Ruth, CEO of the Victorian AIDS Council, is excited to have as many people involved as possible.

“The VAC is planning a number of community forums and other activities that will take place over the course of the week that will allow the general public a way of participating in the debates that will be taking place in the conference itself,” he said.

Chris Driscoll, owner of Sircuit Bar in Smith Street is excited about the potential to boost business in what is otherwise the one of the quietest weeks in Melbourne.

“If we can facilitate this then we will witness a fusion of science, medicine, politics and community, the likes of which the world has never seen, the outcomes of which have never been experienced, and this will be the true legacy of the AIDS 2014 conference,” he said.

Businesses in the City of Yarra can get involved by visiting aids2014yarrasocialhub.com

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James Findlay

James Findlay

James Findlay is a Melbourne-based writer and broadcaster who has worked in community media for many years. He has won awards for his work on The Naughty Rude Show on SYN, and can be heard on JOY 94.9's breakfast program, Triple Threat, and Hide and Seek - exploring sex, sexuality and self. James was also the Marketing and PR Manager for Melbourne's Midsumma Festival for two years, before traveling overseas where he taught English in Germany and worked as a tour guide around Western Europe. He is currently studying his Masters at Melbourne University in Public Health (specialising in Sexual Health).

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