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Free parking in Central Dandenong including Little India till 31 Dec 2020

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By SAT Community reporter

MELBOURNE, 12 November 2020: Diwali and Christmas shoppers got a massive boost with the Greater Dandenong Council announcing today on-street free parking till 31 December 2020. A spokesperson of the Council told SAT, the free parking area includes Foster Street which has the iconic Little India precinct.

“We strongly encourage residents to support local businesses. We hope that by offering free parking, more people will shop locally. This will help Greater Dandenong businesses recover from the challenging events of 2020 sooner, particularly as we lead up to the festive season,” Chief Executive Officer, Mr. John Bennie said.

Council will also introduce free parking at the Dandenong Market before 10 am, to help spread out the crowds at the site.

“As we welcome patrons back to services and precincts, we know Dandenong Market has been and will continue to be a popular choice for many people. From November 13, free parking will be offered until 10 am every market day (Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday). Free parking is currently available all-day Sunday. We hope this will attract people in the early morning, and even out the numbers across the day.”

Time limits still apply to all parking bays and will be enforced. The offer of free parking does not include off-street car parks in central Dandenong or the Dandenong Market car parks after 10 am.

“While it’s important to attract more people back to local business, it’s also vital to make sure we all stay safe so we can stay open,” Mr. Bennie said.
Council staff along with DHHS have set up a marquee at the market to assist traders with COVID safe practices, and to engage with the general public by offering free masks and information.

Traders fear business losses as Vic govt. announces to incorporate Little India in the New Central Dandenong development starting 2023

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By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 6 July: The land, next to the Dandenong Railway Station, including the Little India (Indian prescient) on Foster Street is likely to be part of a Victoria Government plan announced on 4 July, to redevelop as the ‘New Central Dandenong’ with construction starting 2023.

“Redevelopment of the 1.9-hectare site, bordered by Halpin Way, Cheltenham Road and Dandenong Railway Station, is expected to attract up to $100 million private sector investment in central Dandenong,” says a media release from the office of The Hon. Gavin Jennibgs MLC, Minister for Priority Precincts.

Minister Gavin Jennings says, “From the centre of Dandenong, the benefits of renewal will resonate throughout this vibrant and fast-developing community and we’re proud to be leading such an important initiative.”

Talking to SAT, Foster Street Traders Association (Little India Prescient) President Mr. Shahid Syed says, ‘this decision will hurt business and to discuss the issue the traders are holding a meeting on 9 July to give their response.”

The media release further says, “Subject to a developer being appointed in 2020, construction would start in 2023. The Revitalising Central Dandenong project represents a $290 million investment by the Victorian Government which has enabled close to $700 million in private investment, creating and supporting jobs across the wider Dandenong region.”

Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams says, “The Revitalising Central Dandenong project is transforming Dandenong, enabling the city to continue to grow and
meet the needs of the community.”
“We will work with local businesses and the community every step of the way as we deliver the next phase of this exciting project.”

The Little India prescient issue in Dandenong has been a hot potato with Little India traders opposing redevelopment plans many years back when the state was ruled by the Coalition led by Premier Ted Baillieu and the now Premier Hon. Daniel Andrews being the opposition leader.

An agitation by Little India traders supported by the Indian/South Asian communities to save Little India culminated into a rally in front of the Victorian Parliament. Subsequently, Hon. Daniel Andrews became the Premier and pledged to help Little India and its traders with many announcements.

It now remains to be seen what stand the Little India traders take and how the Andrews Labour government responds to it.

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 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.

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.”