Waste management savings at crisis centre mean more funds for young people

Waste management savings at crisis centre mean more funds for young people


There are so many ways that our project partners on the Property Industry Foundation's (PIF) $8 million 18 bedroom crisis accommodation centre for Melbourne City Mission's (MCM) Frontyard Youth Services, are contributing to the project. Multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy Irwinconsult has found ways to save roughly $10,000 on waste management that can be furthger used to help young residents of the centre. 

The company is providing consulting services in waste engineering and management, as well as a peer review role of the structural plans.

The new facility will include new and expanded support services, including two floors of crisis accommodation for young people who are currently sleeping rough in the city and onsite mental health, drug and alcohol and disability expertise.

Brad Parker, senior engineer at Irwinconsult, who is working on the project as the waste consultant, worked alongside the team of engineers and designers to review the plans and create an efficient waste strategy.

“Cost-saving is a key aspect of Frontyard’s ongoing operations, so it was important to incorporate this into the waste strategy,” Parker said.

“I approached the City of Melbourne on Melbourne City Missions’ behalf to see if the council could absorb the waste and garbage disposal costs. They happily agreed, resulting in roughly $10,000 savings in operating costs, which can now be re-distributed to Frontyard’s services for at-risk and homless young people.

“Homelessness is an international crisis and one that we encounter day-to-day. As the engineering, architecture and building community, we can and should be using our expertise to help out the community we live and work in."

This redevelopment has been made possible through an innovative partnership between Melbourne City Mission, the Victorian government, and philanthropists including The Peter and Lyndy White Foundation, and the property industry through PIF.

The pro-bono consultant team alongside Irwinconsult, include Fender Katsalidis, Ashurst, Case Meallin, Slattery, Urbis, Wood & Grieve Engineers, Hendry, Equitable Access Solutions, NDY and Built. Suppliers who have generously donated materials to this project include Harvey Norman, Highbury Plumbing, Haydens Ceiling and Paritions, Signorino Tiles and Taubmans Paint.