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Act for Peace

Seeking a new location in Melbourne

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In 1991 Level 4 Causeway House, Little Collins St Melbourne was purchased by the Australian Council of Churches with a very generous gift from the Reverend Daryl and Mrs Muriel Chellew. Colleagues of the Reverend Frank Byatt, the founder of the Christmas Bowl, the Chellews wished to provide a gift to ensure the ongoing work of the Christmas Bowl, justice and development and ecumenism amongst churches and the wider community in Victoria.

After some deliberation of regular reports from Victorian Council of Churches, National Council of Churches in Australia and Act for Peace staff, in December 2017 the Act for Peace Ltd Board determined to sell the property. This decision was based on the failure of the owners' corporation to agree on suitable work, health and safety property issues over a number of years, thereby putting staff and visitors on Level 4 at risk. The National Council of Churches in Australia Ltd Board confirmed the decision in February 2018.

The property has now been sold and Act for Peace is searching for new premises in Melbourne.

In the interim, Melbourne based staff of Act for Peace, the National Council of Churches in Australia’s Safe Church Program, the Victorian Council of Churches, the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network and the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network have moved together to the premises of Plan International, Level 18, 60 City Road, Southbank 3006. We have transferred our phone numbers and are requesting that mail be sent to PO Box 561, Flinders Lane, Melbourne 8009. Mail already on its way will be redirected to this address.

We remain thankful to the Reverend and Mrs Chellew, for their sacrificial gift and their commitment to the Christmas Bowl, justice and development, and ecumenism in Victoria. We are also grateful for all who have joined with us. Many of us over the years have had the pleasure of visiting and supporting the work of Act for Peace, the NCCA and the VCC in Causeway House. Others have attended community meetings and enjoyed fellowship in the same location. Social movements have been birthed. Community groups have been supported to realise their visions.

 

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Rev Ian Smith, VCC Execuitve Officer addresses those present at the decommissioning ceremony.  L-R Bishop Philip Huggins, NCCA President, John Gilmore, Chair AFP Board, and Janet Cousens, AFP Executive Director, speaking.
 L-R Bishop Philip Huggins listens as John Gilmore takes the microphone.