Planning Minister approves Victorian Pride Centre Planning Scheme Amendment

Victorian Pride Centre Winning Design - courtesy of Grant Amon Architects and Brearley Architects and UrbanistsThe Victorian Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, has announced he has approved the City of Port Phillip’s request for Amendment C149. This will allow for the construction the Victorian Pride Centre (VPC) on Fitzroy Street, St Kilda. The Planning Minister’s announcement coincides with the release of the VPC’s construction tender.

The planning approval and release of construction tender marks the beginning of the project construction phase, where the vision and plan for an iconic, safe and inclusive space for LGBTIQ communities becomes reality. Construction will begin in early 2019. The planning permit is expected to be gazetted within the next two weeks.

Jude Munro AO, VPC Board Chair welcomed the announcement. “We are thrilled to be able to announce to our communities that their wish for a safe place of belonging and pride is now a reality,” she said. “We deserve a place that is truly accepting and reflective of the diversity, vibrancy and strength of LGBTIQ communities.”

She thanked Minister Wynne, Martin Foley Minister for Equality, Bernadene Voss City of Port Phillip Mayor and Councillors for their support of the project.

Bernadene Voss, Mayor of City of Port Phillip commented “Port Phillip Council is delighted the Victorian Pride Centre is a step closer to opening its doors on Fitzroy Street. The community consultation we undertook as part of the planning process showed how strongly our community supports this inclusive and important initiative,” said Cr Voss.

“The VPC will make a great contribution to the renewal of Fitzroy Street as well as bringing cultural, social and economic benefits to St Kilda and Victoria when it takes pride of place on this iconic street.”

In June, the VPC undertook an Expression of Interest process. Four construction companies have now received construction tender documentation. The EOI process included construction evaluation criteria, in addition companies were required to respond to their understanding of how the project celebrates, bolsters and protects equality, diversity and inclusion.

The tender closes on Wednesday 28 November followed by an evaluation process expected to be completed by the end of December. The Pride Centre is due to open in 2020. It will provide Australian LGBTIQ people, communities and allies with an iconic, safe and very literal symbol of pride. For more information, visit: www.pridecentre.org.au for details.

Image: Victorian Pride Centre (artist impression)

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