PLIBERSEK, PRATT & BURNS - MEDIA RELEASE - FEDERAL LABOR DELIVERS $10.6 MILLION FOR VICTORIAN PRIDE CENTRE - TUESDAY, 30 OCTOBER 2018

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
  
 SENATOR LOUISE PRATT

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR UNIVERSITIES
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EQUALITY
SENATOR FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA
 
JOSH BURNS
LABOR CANDIDATE FOR MACNAMARA

 
FEDERAL LABOR DELIVERS $10.6 MILLION FOR VICTORIAN PRIDE CENTRE

The world-class Victorian Pride Centre project in St Kilda will be delivered in full thanks to a $10 million investment from Federal Labor.
 
Eight major LGBTIQ community organisations will call the Centre home including radio station JOY 94.9, Thorne Harbour Health, the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, and counselling service Switchboard.
 
In addition to Federal Labor’s $10 million investment, JOY 94.9 will also benefit from an extra $600,000 to build new studios in the Victorian Pride Centre and upgrade to digital broadcasting.  JOY 94.9 is the only LGBTIQ radio station in Australia, and an important voice for the community.  Our investment will help JOY 94.9’s excellent work reach an even bigger audience. 
 
Labor is proud to support the Victorian Pride Centre. 
 
We believe that everyone deserves a fair go no matter where they’re from, or who they love.  
 
Our vision for Australia is a country that is safe and welcoming, that celebrates diversity – where everyone can live a good life.  
 
Supporting the LGBTIQ community will be a priority for a Shorten Labor Government.
 
We stood with LGBTIQ Australians to fight for marriage equality, and we will change the law to protect gay students and teachers from discrimination – once and for all.
 
Federal Labor’s $10 million investment means the Victorian Pride Centre project is now fully funded.  It comes on top of significant commitments from the Andrews Labor Government in Victoria, the City of Port Phillip, and the Victorian AIDS Council (now Thorne Harbour Health).  This is a true team effort.  
 
The Victorian Pride Centre will also serve as the headquarters for Midsumma Festival, the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, the youth group Minus 18, the Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council, and Team Melbourne, a peak organisation representing over 20 LGBTIQ sporting clubs.
 
All members of the LGBTIQ community will be encouraged to enjoy the Centre’s new affordable workspaces.
 
For more information about the Victorian Pride Centre and images of the outstanding architectural design visit: https://pridecentre.org.au/

TUESDAY, 30 OCTOBER 2018