Australia’s federal Labor Party has promised to give AU$10 million (US$7.12 million) to a new Pride centre.
The Victorian Pride Centre (VPC) is being built in the southern city of Melbourne. The sprawling centre house major LGBTI organizations. Some of those will include radio station JOY 94.9 and HIV organization, Thorne Harbour Health. Part of the funding will help JOY 94.9 upgrade its studios and go fully digital.
Labor’s deputy leader, Tanya Plibersek, made the announcement in Melbourne. She promised if Labor won the next federal election – to be held sometime in 2019 – then the party would hand over the money.
‘The Victorian Pride Centre will be a safe, welcoming and inclusive place for all LGBTIQ Australians. “It will be an Australian landmark that celebrates diversity, inclusion and community,’ said VPC chair, Jude Munro.
The announcement builds on significant commitments to date from the state Victorian Government and local council (borough) the City of Port Phillip.
VPC’s objective will be to be a place of belonging for Victorian, national and international LGBTIQ people, their families, friends and communities.
The VPC Board acknowledged the additional commitment of AU$600,000 ($US427,000) to the community radio station JOY 94.9. This investment will enable the VPC to meet the needs of the other resident organisations, community groups and visitors.
‘The Board will continue to engage with our diverse and vibrant communities to meet the ongoing financial needs of the Pride Centre,’ said Stuart Kollmorgen, VPC deputy chair and chair of the VPC fundraising committee.
‘We want all of our community to feel a level of ownership and personal stake in the Pride Centre.’