Yarra launches a new community space The Learning Bank

Monday 01 May 2023

From left to right. Penelope Drummond, Anthony Chesler, Mayor Claudia Nguyen, Ha Nguyen, Brendan Coulton

Yarra City Council has officially launched The Learning Bank on Friday in Richmond.

The Learning Bank is a pop-up community space which will be a mix of community and business training, events, and flexible community meeting room bookings and workspaces. 

The Learning Bank will also be home to two key programming partners, North Richmond Community Health who will run a barista training site and the ATM café (with equipment donated by St Ali), and Melbourne’s first showroom for the ethical fashion not-for-profit, Thread Together who collect end-of-line brand-new stock from fashion retailers that would otherwise go to landfill and distribute them to those in need. 

Yarra City Council Mayor Cr. Claudia Nguyen cut the ribbon to officially open the facility.

“The Learning Bank is a fantastic initiative which will provide the Richmond Community with a space to meet, learn and grow and will open opportunities for those in our community who are in need.”

“I am proud to deliver initiatives like this, which will help our most vulnerable in the community”.

The Victorian Government contributed a total of $1,105,794 through the North Richmond Precinct Community Grants Program in order to establish this pop-up community space, which Yarra City Council will manage for 3 years.

Council is committed to providing $120,000 of in-kind support over the life of the 3-year project.

The Learning Bank is located at 124 Victoria Street, Richmond.

Bookings for the Learning Bank will be available shortly, for more information email [email protected] or visit The Learning Bank | Yarra City Council


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