$1.6m Investment for Forster Street

The Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative Board is thrilled to announce that the organisation is one of 11 Aboriginal business to share in $11m of funding through Round 6 of the Aboriginal Community Infrastructure Program.

The Andrews Labor Government has announced it will invest $1.6 million for a major refurbishment of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative property located at 20A Forster Street in Norlane, to deliver a dedicated and fit for purpose space for our young people.

The Wathaurong community has long advocated for a space where our children and young people can access a broad range of services and supports in one convenient location. Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative has listened to our young people, and we are thrilled to finally deliver on a space that has been developed by and for our young mob.

The future site will provide a culturally safe gathering place to enable young people to connect and engage with each other on a day-to-day basis to gather and yarn, participate in cultural activities, strengthen life skills, receive support and guidance from a range of service providers and access a range of services via outreach and/or referral.

It is hoped that the new space will be ready for a grand opening during NAIDOC Week in 2023.

Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative would also like to take this time to thank the Victorian Health Building Authority for their additional $647,000 contribution to the project.

Wathaurong congratulates all successful grant recipients and thanks the Andrews Labor government for their continued support.

The Victorian Government announcement regarding this funding can be found here:


Forster Street Concept Design Front View
Forster Street Concept Deisgn Back View
Forster Street Concept Design Basketball Court
Forster Street Concept Design Birdseye View

Images above show the concept designs for the redevelopment of 20A Forster Street into the Healing Spirit Youth Hub