About the Centre

The Victorian Pride Centre will be the iconic new home of Victoria’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex communities. The VPC will celebrate Victoria’s diverse LGBTQI community, paving new directions for its future and honouring its brave, and at times, difficult past. It will provide an uplifting expression of welcome, engagement and belonging.

Housing up to ten major resident organisations, while also providing flexible and multi-use spaces, a health service, library, training room, meeting rooms, a prayer room, café/bar, theatrette and gallery for use by smaller groups.

This space will also serve as a hub for LGBTI groups and organisations to share ideas and resources and to further their work in supporting equality, diversity and inclusion across the state.

The building is due to open in 2020.

Timeline

Jan ’16

LGBTI Consultation

Surveys, interviews, open community consultation sessions.

Apr ’16

$15 Million

Victorian government approves feasibility and announces funds in state budget.

Oct ’16

XYX Lab Workshop

@ MADA. What does a pride centre look like?

Nov ’16

EOI Released

Councils and unis within 8km of CBD.

Dec ’16

EOI From 3 Councils

Melbourne, Port Phillip, Yarra

Jan ’17

EOI Evaluation

Independent committee evaluates EOI submissions.

Feb ’17

Site Selection

EOI evaluation completed. Unanimous vote.

17 March ’17

Location Announced

Fitzroy St, St. Kilda

17 May ’17

Business Case Approved

Victorian Government approves the Pride Centre business case, a major step towards the release of the $15 million contribution

Architectural Design

We are proud to announce St Kilda-based firms Grant Amon Architects and Brearley Architects and Urbanists as the winners of the Pride Centre design competition.

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The Victorian Pride Centre will be part funded by the State Government who in 2016 contributed $15 million to the construction of the facility to showcase LGBTI art and history as well as bringing together advisory, health and support services.

The Pride Centre is also fortunate to have the support of the City of Port Phillip who are making a significant investment in the project.

“The project is now truly underway, and Port Phillip Council is delighted the innovative vision of two talented St Kilda architects will take pride of place on this iconic street as a locally loved landmark and visitor drawcard.”

Bernadene Voss, Mayor, City of Port Phillip Council

“With the recent outcome from the marriage equality vote and accompanying legislation, this building will serve as a legacy to the historical change that occurred in Australia last year.”

Jude Munro AO, Board Chair