The Andrews Labor Government in Victoria has identified a site in Melbourne’s St Kilda for Australia’s very first Pride Centre.
The vacant property at 79–81 Fitzroy Street was selected earlier this year following extensive consultation with the LGBTI community.
The location has special significance for the community because Fitzroy Street has hosted Melbourne’s annual Pride March since the inaugural event in 1996.
Architects and designers will soon be invited to participate in a competition to design the new centre for the LGBTI community.
Australia’s first Pride Centre in St Kilda, Melbourne has been planned along the lines of the San Francisco LGBT Community Centre but on a much larger scale.
The Labor Government has committed $15 million for the project, while the Port Phillip council is contributing up to $13 million.
The centre would be designed to host a number of LGBTI organisations including JOY FM, the Victorian AIDS Council, the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, support groups, sporting groups and the Gay and Lesbian Choir.