Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced this week his government will open a Pride Centre in Melbourne, bigger than San Francisco’s LGBTI Community Centre. But the announcement was met with cautious optimism by LGBTI groups. The Andrews government has committed $15 million to the centre, which will house some LGBTI groups and organisations. Queer community radio station Joy 94.9 made a not-too-subtle play to be included, saying in a statement it still did not have certainty over its current home:

“JOY 94.9 also needs a permanent home and has been undertaking a property review since 2015. The station is currently in the City Village, owned by City of Melbourne, however JOY understands that this property is subject to an upcoming council review.

“Speaking on JOY 94.9 on Wednesday night, Gender and Sexuality Commissioner Rowena Allen said regarding JOY’s permanent home status:

“‘This announcement tonight has all of those factors in play. We have been working with the City of Melbourne on [JOY’s] behalf.

“‘This is very front and centre, and there is no way [myself and Minister Martin Foley] are going to let JOY off air, and we’re going to make sure there is continuity and balance that with the right building and the right place. Now the work begins.'”

Peter Fray

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