The late Mr Frank Crean, former Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister of Australia

Our Origins

It is with great honour that our organisation heralds its beginnings to the dedication, work and support of the late Mr Frank Crean. Former Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, Mr Crean was the Founding Chairperson of the New Hope Foundation.

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Prahran Migrant Resource Centre


Initial funding for the Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) Prahran was from the federal Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs which saw the Honourable Ian Macphee officially open the Centre’s operations at 24 Victoria Street, Windsor in May 1981.

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Newspaper photo about the opening of the Oakleigh MRC.


Within its first decade the Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) had responded to significant settlement needs of clients and had commenced work in program development for services in culturally relevant aged care. The MRC successfully collaborated with the Prahran Council to commence the Ethnic Meals Project for local migrant aged residents.

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L to R: George Lekakis (former Director of South Central MRC), Steve Bracks (Victorian Premier) and Frank Crean at the 2001 opening of the Grattan Gardens Community Centre, where NHF head office is now located.


In 2001, the Migrant Resource Centre (MRC), which was by now known as the South Central Region Migrant Resource Centre, relocated to the newly built multipurpose Grattan Gardens Community Centre. The Centre in Prahran is home to the New Hope Foundation’s head office, the Prahran Community Learning Centre and to numerous multicultural groups which meet there on a daily basis.

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L to R: Chris Gahan (longstanding Chairperson of NHF), Ross Buscemi (Director of NHF since 2005) with the late Frank Crean at one of his last meetings at the NHF.


The New Hope Foundation currently provides a range of Settlement, Aged Care and General services from locations across the Western Metropolitan Region, Inner Melbourne, the Southern Metropolitan Region and on the Mornington Peninsula.

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