The Future of Darebin's Intercultural Centre

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The project is underway to relocate the Darebin Intercultural Centre.

From November 2020 to March 2021, Council worked with Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation (Wurundjeri) and a Community Reference Group (CRG) who provided advice to the architect on key design elements of the Centre.

The membership of the CRG was decided through an Expression of Interest process and an external selection panel. The CRG included eight community representatives who have a strong understanding of and connection with culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Darebin.

The members were tasked with helping Council make sure that the Centre is designed to be a welcoming and inclusive space for Darebin’s many diverse communities.

In its new centrally located position within the Preston Civic buildings on the corner of High and Gower Streets, the Centre will be a visible expression of Council’s commitment to a more just society.

The refreshed vision and mission for the Centre will ensure there is a clear focus on combatting racism and other forms of discrimination, at a local level.


What’s happened so far?

In December 2019, Council decided to relocate the Darebin Intercultural Centre from its current position at 59a Roseberry Avenue Preston to the more centrally located municipal buildings on the corner of High and Gower Streets Preston.

It was clear from the first CRG meeting that all involved were enthusiastic about being a part of this exciting project. Everyone had so much to say with many thoughtful, considered and insightful comments offered by the group. The CRG dissolved in March 2021.

Cultural consultations with Wurundjeri ensured the advice provided by the CRG is culturally sensitive and appropriately acknowledges Traditional Owners. Unlike the CRG, the relationship with Wurundjeri will be ongoing throughout the lifecycle of the project.

To read the meeting minutes or for more information on the relocation of the Darebin Intercultural Centre and the updated approach to programming, take a look at the Document Library (on the right).


What’s happening next?

Officers will be seeking Council endorsement of the concept designs as articulated by Wurundjeri and the CRG at a Council meeting scheduled for 28 April 2021. Subject to endorsement, the concept designs will then be translated into detailed drawings to go out for tender.

Subscribe (on the right) if you would like to stay informed about this project.


The project is underway to relocate the Darebin Intercultural Centre.

From November 2020 to March 2021, Council worked with Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation (Wurundjeri) and a Community Reference Group (CRG) who provided advice to the architect on key design elements of the Centre.

The membership of the CRG was decided through an Expression of Interest process and an external selection panel. The CRG included eight community representatives who have a strong understanding of and connection with culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Darebin.

The members were tasked with helping Council make sure that the Centre is designed to be a welcoming and inclusive space for Darebin’s many diverse communities.

In its new centrally located position within the Preston Civic buildings on the corner of High and Gower Streets, the Centre will be a visible expression of Council’s commitment to a more just society.

The refreshed vision and mission for the Centre will ensure there is a clear focus on combatting racism and other forms of discrimination, at a local level.


What’s happened so far?

In December 2019, Council decided to relocate the Darebin Intercultural Centre from its current position at 59a Roseberry Avenue Preston to the more centrally located municipal buildings on the corner of High and Gower Streets Preston.

It was clear from the first CRG meeting that all involved were enthusiastic about being a part of this exciting project. Everyone had so much to say with many thoughtful, considered and insightful comments offered by the group. The CRG dissolved in March 2021.

Cultural consultations with Wurundjeri ensured the advice provided by the CRG is culturally sensitive and appropriately acknowledges Traditional Owners. Unlike the CRG, the relationship with Wurundjeri will be ongoing throughout the lifecycle of the project.

To read the meeting minutes or for more information on the relocation of the Darebin Intercultural Centre and the updated approach to programming, take a look at the Document Library (on the right).


What’s happening next?

Officers will be seeking Council endorsement of the concept designs as articulated by Wurundjeri and the CRG at a Council meeting scheduled for 28 April 2021. Subject to endorsement, the concept designs will then be translated into detailed drawings to go out for tender.

Subscribe (on the right) if you would like to stay informed about this project.