Date published: 
26 March 2019
Media type: 
Media release
Audience: 
General public

Government funding will be delivered through Lord Somers Camp and Power House to revitalise the current precinct and build a new Power House Community Hub that will provide an accessible, inclusive, environmentally innovative, safe and engaging environment,

Minister for Health, Greg Hunt said those seeking help should know they’re not alone on their journey, and that this project will give quality assistance for people who are at risk.

“I am committed to ensuring young Australians and those living with a disability can get information, advice, counselling and guidance, when and where they need it,” Minister Hunt said,

“Our commitment will support the organisation to promote health and wellbeing, active participation and social and intergenerational connection.”

Over the last 90 years, Lord Somers Camp and Power House has built up a respected reputation for assisting at-risk youth with capacity building, among various other programs including disability.

Chief Executive Officer of Lord Somers Camp and Power House, Tim Ryan welcomed the announcement and said the redevelopment will bring communities together in iconic hub to celebrate Melbourne’s diversity, and that of Australia.

“The $32m redevelopment of the Power House building is largely funded by a mix of social enterprise, commercial agreement and philanthropic support however a gap remained,” Mr Ryan said.

“The announcement today of the $5m from the government allows the project to commence which we are very grateful for.”

“Providing the community with a safe, accessible place to participate underpinned by a self-sufficient model allows a long term vision to only elevate and reach many more with this announcement today to support the redevelopment project at Power House.”

Liberal Candidate for Macnamara, Kate Ashmor welcomed the announcement and said the Powerhouse was an iconic part of Albert Park.

“For decades, the programs run here have created lasting friendships and transformed the lives of young Australians,” Ms Ashmor said.

“I am thrilled that the Liberal National Government will partner with Powerhouse Lord Somers Camp to transform this building into a significant community hub, benefiting a wide range of organisations and young people across Macnamara and beyond.”

The Government’s strong economic management ensures the continued record investment of funding into vital health initiatives including mental health, life-saving medicines, Medicare and hospitals.