Introducing our 2019 community partners

19 Dec 2018

Yarra Trams has announced the 2019 recipients of Yarra Trams Community Partnerships Program, with eight new community organisations that champion diversity and inclusion received a share in $1 million worth of free advertising on Melbourne’s iconic tram network.

Our eight community partners for the new year will be Afford, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, batyr, The Big Issue, Centre for Multicultural Youth, The Torch, Travellers Aid and VincentCare, with each having the opportunity to promote their work to wide reaching audiences across Melbourne.

“I am excited to announce Yarra Trams’ 2019 community partners,” Nicolas Gindt, CEO Yarra Trams, said.

“I look forward to working closely with all eight community organisations to help them in their continuing promotion of diversity and inclusion across our beautiful city.”

This week, an independent assessment panel made up of representatives from government, community and business sectors choose the partners from a range of eligible applicants who support a diverse and inclusive Melbourne.

Each community partner will receive three months advertising on the tram network either as a single tram wrap or tram faces on the front and back of 50 trams.

The first set of advertising is set to go live on the network in March 2019.

About our 2019 tram wrap community partners:


Adopting a whole-of-life and individualised approach to disability services, Afford is a not-for profit that provides opportunities for people to discover new life experiences, work options and embrace social and balanced lifestyles

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) is both a place and a movement. They are an independent not-for-profit organisation, whose programs support and empower people seeking asylum to maximise their own physical, mental and social well-being. As a movement, they mobilise and unite communities to create lasting social and policy change for people seeking asylum in Australia.


batyr is a for purpose preventative mental health organisation, created and driven by young people, for young people. Their programs address “the elephant in the room” in a unique and relatable way for young audiences, utilising trained speakers with a lived experience with mental ill health. Smashing the stigma surrounding mental health and empower young people to reach out for support, while creating more connected and resilient communities. batyr aims to engage, educate and empower young people by giving them the knowledge and skills to lead mentally healthy lives.

The Torch

The Torch advocates for shared community responsibility to promote awareness and change in this area of significant social exclusion and disadvantage.

About our 2019 tram face community partners:

The Big Issue

The Big Issue is an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and creating job opportunities for homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people. Launched on the steps of Flinders Street station in 1996, The Big Issue has grown to become Australia’s longest-standing and most successful social enterprise with more than two decades of experience in engaging people with complex needs.

Centre for Multicultural Youth

CMY has been providing invaluable support to young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds to help them in their settlement journey for over 30 years.


VincentCare was established in 2003 to extend the community commitment of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Victoria. Their focus is to create opportunities and lasting change via practical support for the most disadvantaged and marginalised members of the community.

Travellers Aid

Travellers Aid Australia provides support, advice and assistance to empower the travelling public including people with special requirements.

Information about the community partnerships panel:

The Yarra Trams Community Partnerships Program Panel was made up of influential Melburnians that represent government, business and community sectors. The panel members were:

  • Nicolas Gindt, Yarra Trams, CEO
  • Jeroen Weimar, PTV, CEO
  • Sally Capp, Lord Mayor City of Melbourne
  • Catherine Dixon, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, Executive Director (delegated from Kristen Hilton)
  • Rhyll Dorrington, Western Changes, CEO
  • Martine Letts, Committee for Melbourne, CEO
  • Luke Sayers, PwC, CEO