Melbourne City Mission establishes youth refuge

By Grace Ormsby|19 June 2019

Ashurst has aided Melbourne City Mission in its establishment of an emergency refuge for homeless youth.

Firm: Ashurst (Melbourne City Mission)

Deal: Ashurst has advised Melbourne City Mission on the establishment of an emergency refuge for homeless youth in a King Street facility.

Value: Undisclosed

Area: Real estate, Not-for-Profit

Key players: Ashurst’s team was led by Jason Cornwall-Jones, with partner Grant Rowlands and senior associates Melissa Molloy, Gaby Stach and Sophie Osborn.

Deal significance: According to Ashurst, Melbourne City Mission is a not-for-profit organisation that helps people and communities to develop their own pathways away from disadvantage.


This deal saw the firm aid the mission in establishing ‘Frontyard’ – an emergency refuge for homeless youth operating out of a King Street facility in the city.

Operating 24 hours a day, it was reported that the refuge will house up to 18 young people each night and provide youth with wrap-around services to help them towards “a safer and more secure life”.

Ashurst said it provided Melbourne City Mission with strategic and on-the-ground legal assistance on all aspects of the project, which included the provision of advice on planning, construction, real estate, funding and temporary relocation to alternative premises.

Commenting on the project, Mr Cornwall-Jones said “it has been a great privilege for Ashurst to have assisted Melbourne City Mission on the Frontyard project”.

“Melbourne City Mission in conjunction with the Property Industry Foundation have successfully delivered a vitally important resource to at-risk youth in Melbourne,” he noted.

“We are proud to have worked on the legal aspects and feel that this kind of facility is something that will really make a difference.”


Melbourne City Mission establishes youth refuge
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