By Neeraj Nanda
MELBOURNE, 14 August 2021: For the devotees of the Sikh Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) in Officer, it was a sunny day when its new car park funded by the Victorian Government, was inaugurated. The unique event took place online on Zoom managed by the organizer Harpreet Singh and attended by invited guests and devotees. The 43 spaces car park will ease the parking situation at the temple.
The drawings of the project were approved by the local Council in September 2018. The Temple applied for state funding in February 2020 and received $ 285,000 and contributions from devotees were $ 65,250, $ 350,250 being the total project cost, according to Harjeet Singh. From Sept 2020 to Feb 2021 time was spent on re-planning, the bidding process, redrawing for approval with the council and Melbourne Water. Construction ended in July 2021 along with finishing touches.
Those who attended and spoke at the opening today were Jordan Cruguale, State MP Bass representing the State Multicultural Minister Ross Spence, Harriet Shing, Brad Brattin, MP Gembrook, Brett Owen, Mayor, Cariniashire Council, and Bwe Thay, Deputy Chairman of the VMC. The speakers talked highly of the Sikh temple and its contribution to the community and its organic farming. The speeches were preceded by the reciting of the ‘Mool Mantra’.
The Siri Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Temple, Officer is situated in a lush green hilly area and attended by thousands of devotees and visitors regularly. At its entry, one can see the Nishan Sahib (Sikh Flag), the Australian flag, and the Aboriginal flag. The opening of the car park is being seen as the first step towards many other projects the Sikh Temple plans to execute.
The ‘Officer Sikh Gurudwara’ is situated at 33 Officer Road, Officer, Victoria 3809 and can be contacted at 0447028688 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Website is – www.sgnd.com.au