By SAT News Desk
MELBOURNE, 12 May: The Morrison Government today announced that if re-elected, the Australian Indian Community Charitable Trust will receive $2.5 million in funding to build Victoria’s first Indian Community Centre in Melbourne.
The announcement made at a select gathering at the Museum India, Little India, Dandenong by Alan Tudge, Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population in the Morrison government.
A media release from the CCHQ 2019 says the funding will go to the Federation of Indian Associations of Victoria (FIAV) to build Victoria’s first Indian Community Centre in Bayswater, Melbourne.
The Chair of the Australian Indian Community Charitable Trust, Mr. Vasan Srinivasan, welcomed today’s announcement and thanked the Morrison Government for its ongoing support in promoting a community centre that will offer a multitude of services to large sections of the Indian population in Victoria.
“This community centre will also benefit the local community through new employment opportunities for local business establishments, existing or new, thereby creating a flow-on effect in increasing the economy of the local area substantially over the coming years”, said Mr. Srinivasan.
By our community reporter
Melbourne, 13 Aug: An Indian museum has come up in Dandenong’s Little India at Foster Street. It showcases some parts and sections of Indian history and culture through the display of the collection of noted psychiatrist Dr. Dinesh Parekh. Dr. Parekh who has a passion for them has collected these rare British time and other photographs from dealers all over the world.
Situated at 61-63 Foster Street, Dandenong (Little India), it is called ‘Museum India’ and will regularly open soon. “I am happy to share my collection with the community”, Dr. Parekh told SAT, during a media preview of the museum.
FIAV President, Vasan Srinivasan, who is also behind the museum idea, said, this museum, is the first of its kind in Australia and its aim was to showcase Indian history and culture to the Australian people.
Manika Jain, Indian Consul General, Melbourne said, “She was happy that a private collector’s efforts have succeeded.”
“The museum has been supported by the Pravasi Bhartiya Committee, Indian High Commission, Canberra and the Indian Consulate, Melbourne,” she said.
The museum has more than rare 100 exhibits including photographs taken during the colonial times and more are likely to be added soon.
- SAT News Service