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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.

PHOTO used below heading in site: http://www.mikeeleven.com/indian-cultural-precinct/

Council survey rejects Gandhi statue in Dendenong

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Mural of Mahatma Gandhi by Julian Clavijo in Little India, Foster Street. Photo: @julianclavijosart

By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 29 July 2018: A proposal by the Federation of Indian Associations of Victoria (FIAV) to install a life-size statue of India’s father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi opposite the Dandenong Station and adjacent to Little India, Foster Street shops has been shot down in a community consultation survey which closed on 7 June 2018.

According to a reliable source, more than 900 people participated in the survey commissioned by the Dandenong Council with more people saying no to the proposal. The survey information and other matters came up recently before a meeting of the Indian Prescient Task Force led by Gabrielle Williams, MP, Dandenong.

SAT contacted the Dandenong Council to know about the outcome of the survey and was told by Anya Murray that the information collected in the survey has been submitted to the Indian Prescient Task Force for a decision and the Council is likely to issue a media statement on the issue in a few weeks in August 2018.

FIAV leader and member of the Indian Prescient Task Force, Vasan Srinivasan talking to SAT said, “The Indian Prescient Task Force decided not to have any statue including that of Mathama Gandhi in the area.”

“I am not willing to take the proposal to another level, “Mr. Vasan told SAT.

Mr. Vasan also said, “We do not need any money for the Gandhi statue but the Dandenong Council needs to take leadership on this issue. Gandhi is more popular than anyone else in India and hence I do not support any other statue there.”

Another proposal to install a statue of Basava, 12th-century Lingayat philosopher and social reformer also did not succeed at the Task Force meeting. Though this was not part of the Council survey.

Interestingly, three largescale artworks including one on Gandhi were commissioned and completed by the Dandenong Council in Little India, Foster Street to celebrate the Indian and subcontinent flavor of the area.

The Council website says,” Melbourne’s south-east region is home to more than 52,000 people of Indian origin. Approximately 12,400 first generation Indian residents currently call the City of Greater Dandenong home.”

Only recently the Immigration Museum with the support of the state government hosted an exclusive exhibition ‘Mahatma Gandhi: An Immigrant, an interactive exhibition from 5 April to July 2018. The highlight was the visit of Gandhi’s granddaughter Ela Gandhi, a former member of parliament in South Africa.

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

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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.

Indian Cultural Precinct work takes off with a splash of colour

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 21 April: One key location among the three chosen for injection of color and vibrancy on the streets of Little India, Dandenong has taken off. Two artists Rowena Martinich and Geoffrey Carran have started creating a beautiful colorful mural on the wall just adjacent to Little India’s main parking area.

Today these two young artists could be seen with their brushes and colors in action at the wall which can be seen from the road as well.

Talking to SAT, Geoffrey Carran said, “the design has been created after seeing Saree designs and the color schemes from the local traders. This design will represent the traders and Indian culture.”

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“Uplifting the area with colour will give an identity to the area”, Rowena told SAT.

“The second mural to be painted by Mike Eleven across the road will have the Gandhi theme which will synchronize with the Gandhi exhibition on at the Immigration Museum now,” says Geoffrey.

“The contemporary artworks are expected to speak to old and new audiences alike creating great photo opportunities for sharing and promoting the precinct,” says the Dandenong Council bulletin on the Indian Cultural Precinct.

The upcoming paintings are part of the Indian Cultural Precinct Framework endorsed by the Taskforce established by the Victorian Government led by Hon. Premier Daniel Andrews, Hon. Robin Scott MP, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and the City of Greater Dandenong to oversee the project and monitoring the $500,000 grant expenditure which has now been made available, in part to the Council, to commence priority works in the precinct.

Indian Precinct in Dandenong to take off with new injection of colour and vibrancy on the streets

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By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 11 April: The Indian Cultural Precinct in Dandenong’s (Little India) Foster Street, is all set to move into a new format with the ‘Indian Cultural Precinct Framework’ being endorsed by the Task Force set up by the Victorian government to oversee the project.

To kick off the new Framework, through the first projects in Little India, visitors to the Little India Cultural Precinct will soon notice a big injection of color and vibrancy on the streets at key locations. Street art emerged as a highly popular idea through the development of the Framework. It was widely considered as a positive way to add color, vibrancy, life & spice – matching the feelings and experiences you have inside the shops on the street.

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Three experienced artists Rowena Martinich, Geoffrey Carran and Mike Eleven will be creating new artworks in the precinct in April. They will bring to life the many narratives that underpin Little India and will add to the experience of being in the precinct. The contemporary artworks are expected to speak to old and new audiences alike creating great photo opportunities for sharing and promoting the precinct.

Two large sites near the parking behind the main shops and another on the corner of Mason Street and Foster Street will be transformed from drab to fab in April!

“The Framework captures community aspirations and will assist in guiding future development of the Indian offer in Dandenong. It includes a shared vision for Melbourne’s Premier Indian Precinct and identifies 140 initiatives categorized under the six Precinct Objectives: Presentation and Curation, Trade Experience, Marketing and Partnerships, Festivals and Events, Community Hub and Development,” says the Dandenong Activity Centre – Indian Cultural Precinct Bulletin (April 2018).

The Indian Cultural Precinct Taskforce met on six occasions in 2017 and will meet every two months throughout 2018. The Taskforce is chaired by Gabrielle Williams MP and consists of 10 community representatives and 5 government staff from the state and local council. The Taskforce will continue to oversee implementation of the Indian Cultural Precinct Framework and provide advice and strategic input on Melbourne’s first Indian Cultural Precinct, including monitoring the $500,000 grant expenditure which has now been made available, in part to Council, to commence priority works in the precinct.