Tag: Greater Dandenong

‘FLORA’ Exhibition : Our connection to the fragility & beauty of nature

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 24 March 2021: Our beautiful connection to the plant world is the theme of the FLORA Exhibition an immersive art program that explores the importance, beauty, and fragility of nature and the plant world. Through a series of exhibitions, installations, and events across the City of Greater Dandenong, Flora ( 25 March to 1 May 2021) will offer new perspectives and renew our wonder for the plant world.

Photos- SAT

Venues include Walker Street Gallery, Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens, Garnar Lane Display Boxes, Alex Wilkie Reserve, Connection Art Space.

The Walker Street Gallery presents a curated exhibition featuring artists from around Australia featuring a variety of media including ceramics, photography, painting, and living plants. This exhibition explores our intrinsic and unique connection to native flora from the desert to the forest.

One uncovers a sensory experience, of natural sound and sense created by artist Dave Thomson (Lost Few) in the gallery’s theatre space. (note: Patrons with sensitivity/allergies to smell are advised that this installation contains scent in the form of diffused essential oils including Cedarwood, Patchouli, Vetiver, Eucalyptus, Citriodora, Cypress, Juniper Berry, and Bergamot.)


Exhibiting artists Ali Choudhry, Baden Croft, Merran Esson, Tashara Roberts, Georgia Szmerling, Katie West, Dave Thomson (Lost Few), and the artists of Ampilatwatja create an ambiance of nature in different art forms.

Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens Celebrates the creativity and talent of artists from across Australia, Benga House hosts an open-entry exhibition featuring over 150 works that explore the theme of flora.

Garnar Lane Display Boxes (Rear of Dandenong Library) created by four students from Holmesglen College floristry, Garnar Lane display boxes have been filled with contemporary floral displays to delight passers-by. and

Connection Arts Space pays attention to surroundings with stories by nature.

Links for all information about the exhibition in the following video:

Mural’s add spice to Little India, Dandenong (See Video)

Source: Greater Dandenong website

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE: Geoffrey Carran, contemporary artist and Rowena Martinich, abstract expressionist painter take us through their journey (see video above) of visiting local Indian traders and their shops to sample the beautiful textiles on offer and gain inspiration for their mural ‘Adornment’, created as part of the Indian Cultural Precinct street art program.

In 2017, the Hon Robin Scott Minister for Multicultural Affairs announced that Dandenong is the home to Victoria’s first ever Indian Cultural Precinct with a funding commitment of $500,000.

The funding is being administered by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship under its Community Infrastructure and Cultural Precincts Program.

In 2016 an Indian Cultural Precinct Taskforce was established to inform the precinct’s direction and prepare a community vision.

The task force includes representatives from the Department of Premier and Cabinet (Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship), Places Victoria, City of Greater Dandenong and ten community leaders with culturally specific perspectives on business, faith, community, festivals and youth interests.

Since the 1990s Dandenong has been home to Melbourne’s Indian community, with an active and authentic Little India Cultural Precinct, and other Indian businesses in the activity centre.

Since the Revitalising Central Dandenong project started in 2006 the face of central Dandenong has changed enormously, with vastly improved public spaces, numerous new office buildings, Harmony Square, and library. These developments have attracted increasing numbers of workers, students, and visitors into the area. Dandenong’s Little India Cultural Precinct is located in the midst of all this, and directly next to Dandenong Railway Station where 2.6 million commuters per annum are exposed to Indian culture and commerce each day as they walk to and from the station.

The Little Indian Cultural Precinct, centered on Forster Street, Dandenong, is Melbourne’s longest standing and the most authentic cluster of Indian and subcontinental culture and commerce.

The city of Greater Dandenong is home to a large number of Indian businesses, with 62 shops in central Dandenong, including 33 businesses clustered in the Little India Cultural Precinct itself. These specialists shops include eateries, groceries, general retail and most famously, fashion and traditional wear.

More than 12,400 Indian born residents currently live in the City of Greater Dandenong. The regional population of Indian born residents in Melbourne’ south-east reached 52,000 in 2016.

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Tree plantation drive in Little India, parking fee cut from July 1


By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 5 June: Little India, Foster Street will soon be greener with a Tree plantation drive scheduled to take place on Sunday 17th and 24th June and Sunday 1st and 8th July.

“15 new street trees will be planted between Thomas Street and the station. While the trees are small they will be protected and supported by a metal tree barrier. Existing street trees on the northern side of the street will be retained, but their bases at the footpath will be altered to eliminate tripping hazards and improve root access to rainwater,” says the June 2018 Bulletin of the Indian Cultural Precinct. The Bulletin has been emailed to the media today.

The Bulletin further says, “In Foster Street, there has long been a gradual loss of trees resulting in most of the trees missing from the south side of the street. Trees, greenery, and landscaping were prominent themes through the development of the Framework. Therefore, it was considered an important part of making the street feel family friendly, welcoming and comfortable.”

The Bulletin also informs, “A designer is currently being engaged by Council to consider the best way to apply the precinct branding & the expanded color palette to shop fronts & improve the overall visual impact of the precinct.”

Traders may be contacted by the designer in August to discuss how their shop can be part of the changes underway.

Meanwhile, following a recent review in the Indian Cultural Precinct, a new lower fee of $1 per hour (currently $1.80) will become effective on 1 July. This aims to make on-street parking more convenient for shoppers and visitors.

In addition, there has been a review of parking layouts in Foster and Mason Streets. Line marking will be adjusted shortly to create a number of extra on-street parking spaces, the Bulletin reports.

The changes in the area are part of the Indian Cultural Precinct Framework which has identified 140 initiatives categorized under the six Precinct Objectives.

Emerging Writers Festival 2017 – Artist callout in Dendenong


By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 13 April: The 2017 Emerging Writers Festival is coming to Dandenong and Council is on the

lookout for local poets and spoken word artists to perform their work at a special

Festival event taking place at Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre in June.

The Emerging Writers’ Festival is Australia’s premier festival for new and emerging

writers, giving new Australian writers unique opportunities for professional

development and to perform or publish their work.

“This is a great opportunity for our talented local artists and performers to have their

work included as part of the diverse range of workshops, performances and

discussions that are happening across Melbourne during the Festival,” said Greater

Dandenong Mayor, Cr Jim Memeti.

“The City of Greater Dandenong is a proud supporter of our local arts community

and we’re excited to give our own creative voices the chance to be represented

alongside some of the best emerging storytellers in Australia,” Cr Memeti said.

Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre’s Emerging Writers’ Festival performance

showcase will take place on Saturday 17 June from 6.30-7.30pm.

Artists interested in submitting an expression of interest can fill out the form at

https://emergingwritersfestival.wufoo.eu/forms/ewf-poetry- spoken-word- artist-call-


For more details about the Emerging Writers Festival go to