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Victorian govt. announces public consultation for Indian cultural precinct

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By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 25 June: The Daniel Andrews government in Victoria has initiated public consultations by inviting individuals and organisations to three ‘public meetings’ to decide the location of the Indian Cultural Precinct for which it committed $ 500,000 at the last Diwali function at Federation Square.
Earlier, during the previous Coalition government Dandenong’s ‘Little India’ traders had agitated long against the Places Victoria policies which they said were destroying business and businesses in Little India (Foster Street, Dandenong). The agitation took a decisive turn with a massive Little India traders and community demonstration outside the Victorian Parliament. The well attended rally was addressed by many Labor leaders and the issue raised by Mr. Jude Pareira, Labor MP in the Parliament.
The Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott, is inviting interested organisations and individuals to attend public meetings to discuss the possible location and ideas for the precinct.
“The public meetings are a unique opportunity to help shape a significant cultural precinct in Melbourne, says a media release from the office of Mr. Robin Scott.
Mr. Scott said, “We look forward to hearing from community members regarding their suggestions for the location of the cultural precinct. “
“The Indian Cultural Precinct will recognise the important contribution the Indian community makes to Victoria and will be a place to hold festivals, a hub to support business, a drawcard for tourism, and a meeting place for the entire community,” the Minister said.
The media release says the meetings will be held in the following locations:
- Dandenong Thursday 23 July, 6pm – 7.30pm (Committee Room, Drum Theatre, Corner of Lonsdale and Walker Streets, Dandenong)
- Werribee Monday 3 August, 6pm – 7.30pm (Wyndham Community and Education Centre, 3 Princess Highway, Werribee)
- Melbourne CBD Tuesday 4 August, 6pm – 7.30pm (Department of Premier and Cabinet, 1 MacArthur Place, East Melbourne)
Anyone interested in attending these meetings needs to email omac@dpc.vic.gov.au or call the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship on 9651 0628 before Tuesday 21 July if you would like to attend.
“Alternatively, written submissions can be made by emailing omac@dpc.vic.gov.au. Submissions are due by midnight Tuesday 4 August 2015,” the media release says.
For more information about the Indian Cultural Precinct one can also visit www.multicultural.vic.gov.au

- SAT News Service

India is Australia’s main migrant source

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By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 19 June: India has emerged as the main source of migrants to Australia in 2013-14. Australia’s Migration Trends 2013–14 report released recently says almost 40,000 Indian nationals migrated to Australia in this period. In the same year almost 30,000 people born in India became Australian citizens.
A total of 207,900 migrants settled permanently in Australia from all countries in the same period.
The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said, in a media release, the report contains a wealth of information about the current trends in migration.
“The report provides a rich and valuable source of information on how immigration is shaping our nation,” Mr Dutton said.
Australia granted 290,000 student visas in 2013-14 – the highest number since the Global Financial Crises.
“This is proof Australia’s Student Visa Programme continues to remain strong and appealing to the overseas market and keeps its place as one of Australia’s major export earners,” Mr Dutton said.
The report provides insights on global economic trends. Tourist numbers from China increased by almost a quarter in 2013–14 reflecting its large and growing middle class
In 2013–14, the permanent Migration Programme delivered almost 128,600 places under the Skill stream and just over 61,000 places through the Family stream, says the media release from Mr. Peter Dutton’s office.
“Permanent migration remains a pillar of Australia’s migration programmes providing social and economic benefits through its skilled worker and family reunion programmes,” Mr Dutton said.
The report is available on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website: www.immi.gov.au.

- SAT News Service