The Victorian Government has announced an address for the state’s new Pride Centre.
The centre will be based at 79-81 Fitzroy Street in St Kilda, a location decided after consultation with the LGBTI community and situated on the route of the state’s annual Midsumma Pride March.
The St Kilda site was vacant and was offered on a freehold basis to the Victorian Pride Centre, provided it operates there for the next 20 years, the government said.
“We will own this site in perpetuity – and march by it every Pride March knowing it is ours,” chair of the Victorian Pride Centre board Jude Munro said.
The project was first announced in April last year with $15 million earmarked for the centre, which the government has said will be bigger than San Francisco’s LGBTI Community Centre and would bring together LGBTI artwork, community spaces and health and support services.
“The Pride Centre is long overdue – it is exciting news for the LGBTI community and yet another welcome addition to St Kilda,” Victorian Equality Minister Martin Foley (pictured, right) said.
“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.”
Mayor Bernadene Voss said the Port Phillip Council had also invested in the the centre and she expects it will bring cultural, social and economic benefits to the area.
“The Pride Centre will contribute to the proud and continuing history of Victoria’s LGBTIQ communities and will be warmly embraced by the people of St Kilda and Port Phillip more broadly,” she said.
“This landmark development is set to make a proud architectural statement with flow-on benefits to our truly inclusive community for many years to come.”
The Victorian government expects works on the site to begin within the next twelve months.