First published on 4 May 2011. Updated on 4 May 2011.
As any Sydneysider will tell you, moving house in this town is an all-too frequent experience. Each time you're faced with the thrill of collecting cardboard boxes from your local fruit and veg shop, paying for over-priced masking tape from the newsagent, and the prospect of having to make that pleading phone call to any one of several lesbians you know whose ute you will need to borrow on the day.
Fortunately some moves are smoother than others and in ACON's case they are for the greater good.
ACON is boxing up thousands of safe sex kits, information pamphlets and everything but the kitchen sink and shipping out of their current premises at Commonwealth Street to the greener pastures at 414 Elizabeth Street, near the corner of Devonshire Street.
In a epic step forward for the organisation, ACON will be migrating their entire extended family into their new and improved premises, including the Positive Living Centre, the Sex Workers Outreach Project and the Luncheon Club, which is jointly run by ACON and the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation.
ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill says the new premises will create new synergies for clients, community members and staff across the HIV and GLBT community sectors. "The move will mean many of the services we provide to individuals and groups will be enhanced by better facilities, more meeting spaces and improved access to partner agencies," Parkhill says.
The new premises located a stone's throw from Central Station means gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and those affected by HIV can be proud of an upgraded facility that services them and opens up access to communities in the inner west as well.
Time Out will be keeping readers up to date online as more information is announced.
ACON 414 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000. The move should be complete by late May to early June 2011.