1980s

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.

Within its first few years of operation, the MRC was called on by growing numbers of migrants for support, information and services. Clients were coming from neighbouring suburbs of Richmond, Collingwood, St Kilda, South Melbourne and Port Melbourne. Clients sought information on available welfare services, English language classes, employment and support for ethnic community groups.

In 1983 the MRC became incorporated and held its first Annual General Meeting. By 1985, demand for services had exceeded capacity and additional premises were secured in the neighbouring site at 26 Victoria Street, Windsor.

The 1980s saw the MRC support and resource the establishment of the Prahran Italian Senior Citizen’s Club, the Polish Elderly Group, the Hungarian Senior Citizen’s Club, the Arabic Women’s Group, Group Primavera (Latin American Club), the Multicultural Craft Group, the Greek Seniors’ Group, and other migrant support groups. Issue specific support groups and programs were also commenced through the Migrant Injured Workers Support Groups, the Industrial Sewing Machine Classes, the Prahran Migrant Workers’ Group and the Family Therapy Program.