Win for Deaf Victorians with $40m redevelopment of Melbourne Polytechnic

Win for Deaf Victorians with $40m redevelopment of Melbourne Polytechnic

With the Victorian Government’s announcement of funding to redevelop Melbourne Polytechnic’s Collingwood Campus, Deaf Community members are set to benefit. Expression Australia, Victoria’s leading service provider for people who are Deaf and hard of hearing, will co-locate with MP in a custom-built deaf-friendly space.

“With human-centred design at the fore, the needs of the Deaf and hard of hearing community will be considered in developing the space that Expression Australia will occupy within the MP precinct”, said Gavin Balharrie, President of Expression Australia.

“People who are deaf interact with their environment differently. They have a different spatial awareness, and acoustics are important in the design of spaces used by people who are Deaf or hard of hearing”.

Nicky Long, CEO Expression Australia, said: “It is thanks to a large body of work that has been undertaken over the last few years that we can realise this outstanding outcome, and thanks to our strong partnership with Melbourne Polytechnic”.

“We are looking forward to welcoming Expression Australia as our lead industry partner in our revitalised education, community and industry precinct at the Collingwood Campus”, said Frances Coppolillo, Chief Executive, Melbourne Polytechnic.

Building works are expected to commence in 2021, allowing the facility to open early 2024.

Media Release here.


 Left to right: 

Sheena Watt MP , Member for Northern Metropolitan Region
Gabriel S Torres, ED, Strategic Asset Development, Melbourne Polytechnic 
Frances Coppolillo, CEO, Melbourne Polytechnic
Richard Wynne MP, State Labor Member for Richmond 
Helen Clark, Board Chair, Melbourne Polytechnic
Minister Gayle Tierney, Minister for Training & Skills, Victorian State Government
Howard Kelly, Strategic Advisor for schools, Govt & Community, Melbourne Polytechnic
Gavin Balharrie, President and Deputy Chair of the Board, Expression Australia
Nicky Long, CEO, Expression Australia




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