Pride Centre

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2 boys in Saris: Aunty Omar and Aunty Muhammad

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Background

The elected Council identified a need for an Inner West Pride Centre at the beginning of its term in 2017. We ran a wide-scale visioning process with the community in March 2019 and also asked for suggested locations.

Read more about the visioning process.

In 2020 Council resolved to run an EOI for suitable organisations to manage and deliver a Pride Centre at Newtown Town Hall and ran an application process for a Reference Panel to guide the process.

Read the Panel Engagement Outcome Report


Now Council is running the Pride Centre Expression of Interest process


LGBTIQ or LGBTIQ friendly organisations are invited to present a proposal to deliver and manage a Pride Centre within a lease of all or part of the newly refurbished Newtown Town Hall

LGBTIQ groups working as a coalition are encouraged to apply

Council will consider all interest through assessment of a criteria identified in the Expression of Interest package.

Access the full information and application package by registering for free at VendorPanel Market Place then selecting the Pride Centre EOI in the Inner West Council’s tender section

Attend an information briefing at Newtown Town Hall

  • Friday 26 February 2021 at 2:30pm
  • Friday 5 March 2021 at 2.30pm

Enquiries
Enquiries should be directed to Procurement Officer indicated within VendorPanel

EOI Closing date
Wednesday 24 March 2021 at 2pm


2 boys in Saris: Aunty Omar and Aunty Muhammad

Credit: Two Boys in Saris: Aunty Omar and Aunty Muhammad

Background

The elected Council identified a need for an Inner West Pride Centre at the beginning of its term in 2017. We ran a wide-scale visioning process with the community in March 2019 and also asked for suggested locations.

Read more about the visioning process.

In 2020 Council resolved to run an EOI for suitable organisations to manage and deliver a Pride Centre at Newtown Town Hall and ran an application process for a Reference Panel to guide the process.

Read the Panel Engagement Outcome Report


Now Council is running the Pride Centre Expression of Interest process


LGBTIQ or LGBTIQ friendly organisations are invited to present a proposal to deliver and manage a Pride Centre within a lease of all or part of the newly refurbished Newtown Town Hall

LGBTIQ groups working as a coalition are encouraged to apply

Council will consider all interest through assessment of a criteria identified in the Expression of Interest package.

Access the full information and application package by registering for free at VendorPanel Market Place then selecting the Pride Centre EOI in the Inner West Council’s tender section

Attend an information briefing at Newtown Town Hall

  • Friday 26 February 2021 at 2:30pm
  • Friday 5 March 2021 at 2.30pm

Enquiries
Enquiries should be directed to Procurement Officer indicated within VendorPanel

EOI Closing date
Wednesday 24 March 2021 at 2pm

  • Pride Centre Panel recruitment finalised

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    09 Dec 2020

    Council ran an application process to recruit suitably motivated and experienced people to meet regularly, consult with their own communities and advise Council on the Expression of Interest process. Recruitment was open between 23 October and 13 November and 57 submissions were received. From this ten panel members were chosen and the first meeting was held on 3 December 2020. For more information on how we promoted the process and demographics of who applied, read the Engagement Outcome Report.

  • Council seeks Pride Centre operator for Newtown Town Hall

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    29 Sep 2020

    At its meeting on 22 September 2020 Council decided to

    1. undertake an Expression of Interest from LGBTIQ or LGBTIQ friendly organisations to manage a Pride Centre to operate out of Newtown Town Hall.

    2. Convene a representative panel consisting of suitable individuals from the community to provide input and feedback into the Expression of Interest criteria and Pride Centre model to ensure it meets the community’s needs to provide input and feedback into the EOI criteria, the Pride Centre model and its future directions including on the further development of its:

    • governance structure, mission and values statements, constitution and strategic plan, space use policy that balances the needs of the LGBTIQ+, Newtown and Inner West communities, community engagement strategies and other strategic and operational policies as required ... reporting to Council as needed;

    3. Recognises the long-term presence and custodianship of Newtown Neighbourhood Centre (NNC) at the Newtown Town Hall since 1981 and the significant contribution the NNC has made to the Inner West community through its work at 1 Bedford St; and further recognises NNC’s preference to work with Council to maintain some form of presence at Bedford St; for example through its annual “Newtopian Sleepout” event;

    4. Re-states its commitment to continuing close consultation with the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre on the planned relocation to the Tom Foster Community Centre to ensure the relocation best serves the changing needs of NCC and the community at large, and commits to working collaboratively with the NNC in the project planning and design for the re-fit of the Tom Foster Centre on the basis of agreed project timeframes;

    5. Includes two members of the Inner West Council LGBTIQ Working Group in the representative panel;

    6. Refers to examples of similar advisory panels in Pride and community centres internationally in the development of the membership criteria and Terms of Reference for the Inner West Pride Centre representative panel, including the 519 Centre in Toronto as a co-hosted Council and community centre;

    7. Seeks guidance on the criteria for selection of representative panel members from the Diversity Council of Australia (DCA); and

    8. Require that EOI respondents address in their submissions the expectation that community access to spaces in line with current practice will continue.

    For more information read the Council report and view the meeting minutes.

    For up to date information on this project visit Pride Centre project.

  • Did you contribute to visioning a new Pride Centre for the Inner West early in 2019?

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    01 Oct 2019

    Read the summary of the input we received here.