Australia’s first Pride Centre to be built with help from Hall & Wilcox

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Hall & Wilcox has played a key role in getting Australia’s first Pride Centre off the ground.

The national business law specialist firm has acted as the primary legal advisor to the newly created organisation that will build and then operate the Victorian Pride Centre. For its work, which was predominantly on a pro-bono basis, the firm has been recognised as a gold partner of the centre.

“The Victorian Pride Centre is going to be a fantastic and long overdue resource for Australia’s LGBTI community, and we are proud to have had a long-running involvement in the project since mid-2016,” said James Morvell, Hall & Wilcox corporate and commercial partner.

The centre, which will be built in Melbourne, is supported by a $15m grant from the Victorian government. Bigger than the famous San Francisco LGBTI Community Centre, it will showcase LGBTI art and history while bringing together advisory, health and support services for the community.

As the centre is being planned, Hall & Wilcox become the temporary home of the Victorian Pride Centre, hosting all board meetings for the project.

Helping with the project is a logical step for the firm, said Natasha Toholka, Hall & Wilcox’s diversity and inclusion committee chair.

“We strive to embrace diversity and inclusion as a firm because we believe diversity allows us to become more innovative, relate better to our clients, and also contribute in a more fulsome way to the broader community,” she said. “Last year, we adopted a new diversity and inclusion policy. When we heard about the Pride Centre it seemed like an opportune time to make an even more tangible impact for an important cause for diversity and inclusion. We felt we had the right team and skill set to contribute.”

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