About

The Victorian Pride Centre is a unique initiative that celebrates, bolsters and protects equality, diversity and inclusion. It is set to forge a new chapter in the narrative of Australian Pride by bringing the LGBTI community together in a single and powerful space.

The Victorian Pride Centre will showcase Victoria’s diversity, pave new directions for its future, and honour and celebrate Australia’s LGBTIQ community’s brave – and at times difficult – past. It will be home to practical and supportive services as well being an international tourist destination.

The Victorian Pride Centre Ltd is a not-for-profit organisation structured as a company limited by guarantee, and was registered in October 2016. It has been established with a skills-based board of non-executive directors.

Vision

To be the most loved, well known and visited home for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTIQ) community in Australia.

Values

  • Honouring our LGBTIQ history and culture, creating our future
  • Catalysing our community
  • Celebrating and valuing our difference
  • Respecting and supporting each other
  • Living with courage, pride and strength
  • Demonstrating leadership for the LGBTIQ community
  • Building Sustainability

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Mayor Cr Dick Gross, City of Port Phillip

“The Pride Centre will create an iconic home for Victoria’s LGBTIQ community, right in the heart of St Kilda. We are proud to be creating history by supporting Australia’s first Pride Centre! This fantastic addition to Fitzroy Street will be a hub of culture, health and support services, as well as a home for the LGBTIQ groups and organisations we know and love.”

Cr Dick Gross, Mayor City of Port Phillip

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.

March ’17

Location Announced

Fitzroy St, St. Kilda

May ’17

Business Case Approved

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

June '17

Virtual Presence Launched

Victorian Pride Centre launches its online virtual presence, supporting isolated and rural LGBTIQ young people.

Nov '17

Architectural Design Competition

Four of Australia’s top design practices were shortlisted to enter the second and final stage of the Victorian Pride Centre Design Competition.

Jan '18

Pride Centre Design Selected

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

Jul '18

City of Port Phillip Counsultations

City of Port Phillip undertake community consultation on Proposed Amendment C149 to facilitate the delivery of the Victorian Pride Centre.

Sep '18

Victorian Pride Centre new Logo Launched

The Victorian Pride Centre launches new look and feel to reflect the diversity, vibrancy and strength of LGBTIQ communities.

Nov '18

Planning Scheme Approved

Richard Wynne, Minister for Planning announces approval of the City of Port Phillip’s request for Amendment C149.

Nov '18

Construction Tender Released

In June, the VPC undertook an Expression of Interest process. Four construction companies have now received construction tender documentation.

Jan '19

Construction Contract Awarded

Hansen Yuncken is selected to build the Victorian Pride Centre after a comprehensive tender evaluation process assessed a number of highly competitive bids.

Apr '19

Demolition of Existing Site

Demolition of the Monroe's restaurant and surrounding area in preparation for construction.

May '19

Construction Begins

Construction of the Pride Centre is set to begin

May '19

Pride Centre Website V2.0

Pride Centre Website V2.0 is released with enhanced resource directory and statewide events calendar.

Late '19

Foundation Works Completed

Foundation works completed and suspended structure works begin.

Early '20

Completion of Structure

Completion of Structure

Early '20

Fit Out Works

Fit Out of internal spaces begin

Mid '20

Fit Out Completed

Fit out completed and building handed over to the Victorian Pride Centre

Mid '20

Resident Organisations and Tenants

Resident Organisations and Tenants move in.

Late '20

Expected Doors Open to Public

The Victorian Pride Centre is open to the public.

Ro Allen

“The Victorian Pride Centre will bring our community together, to collaborate and build on each other’s strengths while maintaining our individual organisational identities. It will celebrate who we are as proud LGBTIQ people and open the doors to the rest of the community to help them understand our unique history and stories as well as our current contribution to Victoria.”

Ro Allen, Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality