Minister and Mayor visit new accommodation centre
May 2019 VIC
This week the Victorian Minister for Planning, Housing and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon. Richard Wynne and Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp visited the new 18-bedroom, $9 million redevelopment of Melbourne City Mission’s Frontyard Youth Refuge. The visit highlighted the significance of the project in breaking the cycle of youth homelessness in Melbourne.
The property industry through the Property Industry Foundation have rallied together to complete the project transforming Frontyard, Victoria’s largest youth homelessness service provider, into a four-storey building with two floors of new crisis accommodation and connected services, designed to disrupt the cycle of youth homelessness in Victoria.
In excess of $1.5 million in services have been donated pro-bono to the redevelopment by a large consortium of top-tier consultants. The pro-bono consultant team include Ashurst, Case Meallin, Slattery, Fender Katsalidis, Norman Disney Young, Built, Hendry Group, Equitable Access Solutions, Irwinconsult, Wood and Grieve Engineers and Urbis.
Chairman of Property Industry Foundation Victoria, Peter Inge OAM says, “We’re proud that our industry has come together to partner with Melbourne City Mission and successfully design and deliver the redeveloped Frontyard facility, which will service the most severely marginalised and disadvantaged youth in our city. Our committed team of pro-bono consultants from some of the largest players in the industry, have worked tirelessly to deliver this project on time and on budget.”
“It’s encouraging to see the property industry donate their time and expertise to a physical facility that will assist at-risk and homeless young people,” he adds.
The redeveloped Frontyard is the first in the country to combine crisis accommodation with multiple support services 24/7, 7 days a week.
“Only a fully-integrated service will effectively meet the needs of our most marginalised young people with complex needs who are currently falling through the cracks of siloed service systems,” says Vicki Sutton, Chief Executive Officer, Melbourne City Mission.
“Without appropriate interventions, young people can become further entrenched in long-term homelessness and disadvantage. The pioneering Frontyard model aims to break this cycle by supporting young people to create a future where they can experience all the benefits of life we often take for granted.” Ms Sutton said.
City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp said Council has been supporting Frontyard Youth Services since 1990.
“Homelessness is one of the biggest issues facing our city right now. That’s why we’re providing support for young people experiencing homelessness by investing $480,000 in Melbourne City Mission and their new Frontyard Youth Service,” the Lord Mayor said.
A large consortium of consultants and suppliers in the property industry, through the property industry foundation, have donated their services and resources to the Frontyard redevelopment. Alongside the pro-bono consultant team, suppliers who have generously donated materials to this project include Harvey Norman, Highbury Plumbing, Haydens Ceiling and Partitions, Signorino Tiles, Taubmans Paint, Apec, AMP and AGL Energy.
Photo: (from left to right) Sally Capp, Vicki Sutton, Richard Wynne, Vedran Drakulic OAM (Gendel Philanthropy), and Wayne Merritt (Melbourne City Mission).