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Dandenong Council wants ‘short-term ideas’ to use Indian Precinct funding

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Source: Dandenong Council

Dandenong Council wants ‘short-term ideas’ to use Indian Precinct funding

By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 24 June: How should the $ 500,000 allocated by the Victorian Government be spent on the proposed Indian Cultural Precinct in Dandenong? This question has been asked by the Greater Dandenong Council through its website.

The fund allocation was made by the Daniel Andrews government a few years ago after the Little India, Foster Street, Dandenong traders agitated against the Places Victoria’s plan to redevelop the area. The traders feared the loss of business opportunities and the loss of a focussed Indian/South Asian flavor ‘Little India’ which took many years of hard work to take shape.

“We now want your help to shape its future and position it in the hearts and minds of all Victorian’s,” says the Council website. Suggestions can be sent to the Council by 30 July, 2017 by visiting – https://oursay.org/greaterdandenong/dandenongs-indian-cultural-precinct.

This is the information posted on the Council website:

“We will be selecting the top ideas for further discussion with the Indian Cultural Precinct Taskforce from each of the following two conversations:

1.We are looking for big picture ideas about what sort of experience the precinct offers, how it looks, what events are held there and what attractions and facilities it should incorporate to make it a destination

2.We are also looking at more tangible short-term ideas using $500,000 funding promised by the Victorian Government. We want ideas that have high visual impact, are creative, inspirational and contribute in some way to the precincts long-term vision.”

Labor’s masterstroke: Victoria’s first Indian Precinct in Dandenong

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By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 2 Dec 2015: The fast growing Indian community in Victoria will soon have its own first cultural precinct in Little India, Dandenong. A second precinct will also be established in Melbourne’s West, after a feasibility study, which will decide its location and form.

The announcement has come after Premier Daniel Andrews announced the setting up of an Indian precinct during the last years (2014) Diwali celebrations at Federation Square. This was followed by community consultations and a feasibility study.

The issue was a hot topic during the previous Coalition Government and Little India traders had launched a signature campaign followed by a rally outside the Victorian parliament. The spark being Places Victoria’s decision to redevelop the area and the fear of traders loosing their livelihood and rendering hundreds unemployed.

The Daniel Andrew government’s decision to have Indian precinct’s in the south-eastern and western (later) suburbs is being seen as a master stroke balancing act and a political bonanza for the ruling Labor Party. The issue first raised by Labor MP, Jude Pereira, in the Victorian Parliament, had seen heated exchanges with the Coalition calling it Labor mess.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Finance Robin Scott made the announcement at the Dandenong Civic Centre amidst clapping by leading community members, MPs and Council officials.

The 2015-16 Victorian budget included $ 500,000 to create Melbourne’s first Cultural Precinct.

Mr. Scott said, “ This Precinct will become a hub of activity – hosting festivals, a draw card for tourism, supporting small businesses and boosting the local community in Dandenong.

“We will also create a second Indian precinct in Wyndham to grow and celebrate the large and thriving Indian community in Melbourne’s West,” he said.

The Minister also expressed his desire to attend the opening of the Precinct in Dandenong and celebrate the occasion with the Indian community.

Dandenong Member of Parliament, Gabrielle Williams said, “ We listened to the community members and groups to determine the best location for this precinct, and it’s a huge win for the people of Dandenong.”

Both Precincts will recognize the important contribution the Indian and South Asian communities continue to make to Victoria every day,” she said.

Talking to SAT, Minister Scott said, “ I want the Indian community to enjoy their culture and activities at the new Precinct just like the Chinese, Italian and Greek communities do in their precinct’s.”

The ‘Feasibility Study On A Location For An Indian Cultural Precinct’ by Acil Allen Consultants & SGS Economics & Planning said about Greater Dandenong, “ …The municipality best met the assessment criteria, in particular demonstrating a strong reediness to commerce.”

“ In contrast, at present Wyndham does not yet have a critical mass of co-located Indian and South Asian themed businesses that could form the foundation and basis of a cultural precinct in the traditional mold,” the Study says.

The campaign for Little India which culminated into the announcement of Victoria’s first Indian Precinct was backed and supported by many community activists and leaders including Mr. Manoj Kumar, ALP activist and leader and former Federal ALP candidate for Menzies, Mr. Aakash Kumar and Mr. Alok Kumar among others. Many others from non South Eastern suburbs also worked actively in the campaign. Though, Little India traders who were the effected party played an importanf role in the struggle.

Victoria is the home to Australia’s largest Indian community, with more than 111,700 India-born Victorians.

- SAT News Service.

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

$ 500,000 for Indian Cultural Precinct, advisory panel setup

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By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 15 May: The Victorian government has announced a share of $ 500,000 for the Indian Cultural Precinct out of the budget allocation of $ 11 million over four years to maintain or build community infrastructure and to enhance cultural precincts including establishing Victoria’s first Indian precinct.
A media release says : “The 2015-16 Victorian Budget will provide $500,000 to establish an Indian Cultural Precinct. The Indian Cultural Precinct will recognise the important contribution the Indian community makes to Victoria. It will further strengthen Victoria’s reputation as the multicultural capital of Australia, 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.”
Victoria has Australia’s largest Indian community, with more than 110,000 Victorians born in India, representing 40 per cent of Australia’s Indian population.
Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott said, “Victoria’s Indian community is long-established and well-respected, and this new cultural precinct will be a welcome meeting place for the community to call its own.”
“The precinct will tell the story of Indian migration to Victoria, and will be home to a number of significant events for the Indian community. We’re funding community infrastructure and cultural precincts because multiculturalism makes us all stronger,” he said.
The Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott, has established an Indian Cultural Precinct Advisory Panel to assist with finding a suitable location for the precinct. The panel will consult with representatives of Victoria’s Indian community and other relevant experts.
An independent feasibility study of possible locations will be conducted to inform the Panel’s advice to the Minister. The Panel is expected to conclude its work by the end of August this year.

- SAT News Service

Funding for Indian precinct in Melbourne

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By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 5 May: The Andrews Labor government has allotted $ 11 million over four years to maintain or build community infrastructure and to enhance cultural precincts including establishing Victoria’s first Indian precinct.
Premier Daniel Andrews had made an election pledge at the last Diwali event at the Federation Square to build an Indian precinct and allotment of funds for the same in the budget is being seen as a first step towards it.
The already existing Little India precinct in Dandenong faced difficulties including the collapse of business as a consequence of Places Victoria’s redevelopment plans. Premier Daniel Andrews who was then the leader of opposition had visited Little India and taken stock of the position.
The Labor MP Jude Pereira also raised the issue in the Victorian Parliament. Later Little India traders held a rally outside Parliament demanding from the then Liberal government to save the livelihood of traders in Little India. The issue stirred the Indian and South Asian community to save the Little India precinct.
Victorian Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott says, “Diversity is our asset, and we’re working with multicultural communities to make our society and our economy stronger.”
“The Andrews Labor Government is investing $74 million to bolster multicultural affairs and social cohesion as well as ensuring Victorians of all backgrounds feel at home.”
The 2015-16 Victorian Budget will provide $21 million over four years to promote social cohesion and community harmony. The dedicated organisations that sustain our diversity and cohesion must be commended and supported.
The 2015-2016 Budget includes funding for the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria, a Vietnamese Dual Identity Leadership Program and the Australian Greek Welfare Society to assist migrant families across our state.
$13.2 million is provided to enhance community capacity and participation for people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, with specific initiatives to support newly arrived migrants and refugees as well as seniors, women and young people.
The Budget also includes $2 million for the Multicultural Access Program which assists people from a culturally diverse background to access services like Home and Community Care.
“Addressing family violence has been a key priority for the Andrews Labor Government. A commitment of $2 million over two years has been made to support women and children from culturally and linguistically diverse communities who are victims or vulnerable to family violence, says a media release from Robin Scott’s office.
The Budget will provide an additional $25 million to reinforce Victoria’s social cohesion and community resilience and to prevent radicalisation and extremism. This is an important step in keeping Victorian families safe and, in particular, supporting vulnerable members in our community from getting in harm’s way.

- SAT News Service.