The Future of Darebin's Intercultural Centre

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The project is underway to relocate the Darebin Intercultural Centre

In December 2019, Council decided to relocate the Darebin Intercultural Centre from its current position at the former Preston Courthouse to the municipal buildings on the corner of High and Gower Streets Preston, as a central and visible expression of Council’s commitment to a more just society.

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 for the relocated Centre, in the concept design phase.

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 ensure the relocated Intercultural Centre was welcoming, inclusive, culturally safe and fit-for-purpose for Darebin's many diverse communities.

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 May 2021, Council endorsed the concept designs, the request to go out to tender for construction, and tasked officers with forming a short-term Intercultural Centre Programming Think Tank (PTT) to help shape the future programming of the Centre.

The membership of the PTT was decided through a targeted Expression of Interest process to ensure Darebin’s key priority cohorts are represented. The PTT includes thirteen community representatives with a solid understanding of interculturalism and discrimination.


What’s happening now?

The PTT will meet for a total of five times between October 2021 and February 2022 to help shape the future programming of the Darebin Intercultural Centre.

To read the Think Tank 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).

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


The project is underway to relocate the Darebin Intercultural Centre

In December 2019, Council decided to relocate the Darebin Intercultural Centre from its current position at the former Preston Courthouse to the municipal buildings on the corner of High and Gower Streets Preston, as a central and visible expression of Council’s commitment to a more just society.

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 for the relocated Centre, in the concept design phase.

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 ensure the relocated Intercultural Centre was welcoming, inclusive, culturally safe and fit-for-purpose for Darebin's many diverse communities.

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 May 2021, Council endorsed the concept designs, the request to go out to tender for construction, and tasked officers with forming a short-term Intercultural Centre Programming Think Tank (PTT) to help shape the future programming of the Centre.

The membership of the PTT was decided through a targeted Expression of Interest process to ensure Darebin’s key priority cohorts are represented. The PTT includes thirteen community representatives with a solid understanding of interculturalism and discrimination.


What’s happening now?

The PTT will meet for a total of five times between October 2021 and February 2022 to help shape the future programming of the Darebin Intercultural Centre.

To read the Think Tank 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).

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

Page last updated: 06 December 2021, 10:36