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MCM move into the new West Refuge

The Property Industry Foundation brought together a sensational group of consultants and builders to deliver pro bono services to build a 10-bedroom accommodation centre for Melbourne City Mission (MCM) in Wyndham, in western Melbourne.

Building site
Werribee refuge

The West Refuge project was primarily funded by a $3.5 million investment from the Victorian Government, however, for two years, the Hacer Group have led a team of high-calibre consultants, including Turner & Townsend Thinc, Group GSA, Tract Consultants, PLP Building Surveyors, Morris Goding Access Consulting, Rider Levett Bucknall, Nationwide, Irwin, WSP, and Maddocks to deliver the West Refuge for the Melbourne City Mission through a combination of pro-bono donations and services valued over $465,000.

MCM werribbee refuge opening
MCM werribee launch
MCM Werribee launch

Our special guests

  • Cr Jasmine Hill, Deputy Mayor, City of Wyndham
  • Georgie Hill, Manager Service Planning & Reform, Manager Community Planning & Development
  • Peter Inge OAM, Chair of the Victorian Board, Property Industry Foundation
  • Cr Peter Maynard, Mayor, City of Wyndham
  • Cr Susan McIntyre
  • Wayne Merritt, GM, Homelessness, & Family Services
  • Jonathan Mortimer, Board Chair, Melbourne City Mission
  • Tim Pallas MP
  • Joanne Ryan MP, Federal Member for Lalor, Victoria
  • Vicki Sutton, CEO, Melbourne City Mission
  • Ingrid Stitt, MP, Member for Western Metro
  • Richard Wynne MP

The Hacer Group are such a trusted pair of hands that not even a global pandemic and subsequent restrictions stopped them from completing this youth refuge for homeless young people aged between 16 and 25 years.

MCM Werribee launch

This refuge was purpose-built and will operate as the ‘gold standard’ of youth crisis accommodation in Victoria. It will have an increased capacity of 10 beds and will have 24-hour support workers on-site, working with the young people on issues ranging from legal, health, drug and alcohol, family support, parenting and mental health, as well as support to find medium- and long-term housing solutions.