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Irwinconsult dedicating their time pro-bono on waste strategy for innovative youth refuge centre

Multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy Irwinconsult, through the Property Industry Foundation, are dedicating their time pro-bono to the $8 million redevelopment of Melbourne City Missions’ Frontyard Youth Services, providing consulting services in waste engineering and management, as well as a peer review role of the structural plans.

Frontyard are Victoria’s largest early intervention and crisis service for young people who are experiencing, or are at risk of, homelessness, and is being transformed into a 24/7 service.

The new facility will include new and expanded support services, including two floors of crisis accommodation for young people who are currently sleeping rough in the city and onsite mental health, drug and alcohol and disability expertise.

Brad Parker, senior engineer at Irwinconsult, who is working on the project as the waste consultant, worked alongside the team of engineers and designers to review the plans and create an efficient waste strategy.

“Cost-saving is a key aspect of Frontyard’s ongoing operations, so it was important to incorporate this into the waste strategy,” Parker said.

“I dedicated to approach the City of Melbourne on Melbourne City Missions’ behalf to see if the council could absorb the waste and garbage disposal costs. They happily agreed, resulting in roughly $10,000 savings in operating costs, which can now be re-distributed to Frontyard’s services for at-risk and homless young people.

“Homelessness is an international crisis and one that we encounter day-to-day. As the engineering, architecture and building community, we can and should be using our expertise to help out the community we live and work in.

“It’s so important that foundations like Property Industry Foundation bring together top-tier players in the industry to help organisations such as Melbourne City Missions. Irwinconsult is proud to assist Melbourne City Missions on this important project.”

This redevelopment has been made possible through an innovative partnership between Melbourne City Mission, the Victorian government, and philanthropists including The Peter and Lyndy White Foundation, and the property industry through Property Industry Foundation.

Through the Property Industry Foundation, a large consortium of consultants and suppliers in the property industry are donating their services and resources to the Frontyard redevelopment.

The pro-bono consultant team alongside Irwinconsult, include Fender Katsalidis, Ashurst, Case Meallin, Slattery, Urbis, Wood & Grieve Engineers, Hendry, Equitable Access Solutions, NDY and Built. Suppliers who have generously donated materials to this project include Harvey Norman, Highbury Plumbing, Haydens Ceiling and Paritions, Signorino Tiles and Taubmans Paint.