Qhub Geelong
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The Victorian government has unveiled a new haven for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender-diverse (LGBTIQA+) youth in Geelong and the Surf Coast.

Officially opened by Member for Geelong Christine Couzens, QHub Geelong represents a significant step towards fostering inclusion and improving the mental well-being of young people within the region.

Co-designed alongside local LGBTIQA+ youth, QHub aims to address the unique challenges faced by this demographic in regional areas. The newly refurbished central Geelong location provides a physical space for young adults up to the age of 25 to access vital resources and support. This includes local, youth-oriented mental health services, opportunities for social connection, and engaging activities that promote overall well-being.


Victorian Minister for Equality Harriet Shing who couldn’t attend the opening said QHub Geelong will give young LGBTIQA+ Victorians from across the region the safe space they need and deserve.

“Young members of our rainbow communities and their families in regional areas deserve to have access to the best LGBTIQA+ supports and opportunities, and this new safe space in Geelong is about creating just that,” stated Minister Shing.

This initiative aligns with Victoria’s Pride in Our Future strategy, which recognizes the crucial role of accessible mental health support and safe spaces in improving the lives of regional LGBTIQA+ youth.

Victorian Minister for Mental Health Ingrid Stitt emphasized the significance of QHub’s accessibility, stating, “Providing greater access to targeted mental health and wellbeing support for young people closer to home is one of the key achievements of Victoria’s Pride in Our Future strategy.”


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QHub represents a collaborative effort between the Victorian government, Drummond Street Services Queerspace, Wellways, and Cafs Ballarat. As Member for Geelong Christine Couzens noted, “This new space is a landmark outcome for Geelong and Surf Coast youth, reflecting an ongoing commitment to creating safe spaces for LGBTIQA+ young people in western Victoria.”

The name “QHub” itself reflects the project’s collaborative spirit, having been chosen by 350 LGBTIQA+ young people and announced on Wear It Purple Day 2023.

Young LGBTIQA+ individuals in Geelong and the Surf Coast are encouraged to explore the opportunities and resources offered by QHub. This welcoming space represents a beacon of hope, offering invaluable support, connection, and a chance to flourish in a truly inclusive environment.

Last Updated on Feb 15, 2024

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