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Victoria’s modelling confirms staying at home saves lives

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Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews. Photo: SAT

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 20 April 2020: New state-based modeling shows staying at home and other physical distancing requirements are working to slow the spread of coronavirus, saving thousands of Victorian lives.

The modeling, undertaken by Monash University and the Doherty Institute, in collaboration with epidemiology experts
in the Department of Health and Human Services, finds that if no physical distancing restrictions were in place, Victoria would have seen up to 58,000 new coronavirus cases every day at the peak of the pandemic, overwhelming our health system.

The data also reveals that if a business-as-usual approach had been adopted, 10,000 intensive care beds would have
been required and as many as 9,200 Victorians would have been presenting to the hospital every single day. Tragically, it also shows the immense human cost of the pandemic, with as many as 36,000 Victorians dying – that’s averaging 70 lives lost every day and up to 650 deaths in a day during the peak.

Premier Daniel Andrews says, “With Victorians doing the right thing and staying home, we’ve been able to slow the spread of the virus – if we stay the course and don’t get complacent, we will get through this together.”
“We’ll continue to take the advice of our public health experts, informed by the data, as we make decisions about when is the right time to ease some of the restrictions that we have in place.”

The modeling also shows that Victoria’s ‘Reff’ number – the projected number of infections passed on by a person with coronavirus – has dropped to 0.5. If Reff is kept below one, an outbreak slowly wanes. If it is above one, it grows.
Thanks to the current restrictions and the overwhelming number of Victorians doing the right thing, the modeling confirms that our curve is flattening. Victoria’s curve compares favorably with other countries that also acted early, like South Korea and New Zealand.

Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos says, “We thank all Victorians for playing a part in saving lives – we have a long way to go, but we should all take pride in the positive impact of our efforts.”

For information about coronavirus visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au or call 1800 675 398.

Daniel Andrews launches “Standing Together” (休戚与共) campaign with Chinese communities to combat challenges arising from the Coronavirus outbreak

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Photo: SAT file

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE,20 February: Iconic Victorian landmarks will be lit up in red and gold and a trade delegation sent to China as part of the Andrews
Labor Government’s show of solidarity with Chinese communities.

Premier Daniel Andrews today launched the 休戚与共 campaign (“Stronger Together”) to combat some of the challenges arising from the COVID-19 outbreak and to urge Victorians to come together in support.

Premier Daniel Andrews says, “We have a long history of standing by our Chinese communities – and that’s what we need to be doing right now.”
We are with you during this challenging time – today, and every day, we are stronger together.”

As part of the push, some of Victoria’s most important buildings – including the Arts Centre, the NGV, the Melbourne Museum, Melbourne Town Hall and Flinders Street Station – will be lit up in red and gold as a symbol of solidarity with Chinese Victorians on Friday.

A number of economic roundtables will bring Chinese community leaders together to share ideas on how to revitalize local businesses and boost trade, with the outbreak already having a significant impact on the hospitality, tourism and international education sectors.

The Labor Government intends to lead a delegation of 100 Victorian businesses to China to further strengthen trade relations.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Richard Wynne says, “As Victorians, we know the only way to respond is with compassion and consideration for each other. To every member of our Chinese community – please know, we stand with you.”

At home, the Government will also host a dinner for the Chinese community – including diplomatic, business and student leaders – paying tribute to the contributions our Chinese communities make to our state every day.

Minister for Jobs, Innovation, and Trade Martin Pakula, “Our partnership with China has helped make our state stronger and more successful.”
“While our trade, tourism and education engagement is crucial, what matters more are the people to people relationships, and at this difficult time, it’s the people of China we are thinking of.”

A media release says that the stories of the contribution of the Chinese communities will be featured across a number of Government digital platforms, sharing with more Victorians the profound role our Chinese communities have played in shaping our state and our nation.

Ten volunteers from the ‘Officer Sikh Gurudwara’ honoured with the 2019 Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards

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Awardees and their families at the Government House. Photo: Supplied.

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 1 December: Ten volunteers from the Sikh temple in Officer are now proud Volunteer Champions. These Volunteer Champions from the Siri Guru Nanak Darbar (SGND)- the Officer Sikh Gurudwara, Officer are among the 57 recipients of the 2019 Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards who were honoured at Government House on 1 December 2019 for their unwavering passion, commitment and dedication to serve. The awards were presented by the Governor of Victoria, The Honourable Linda Dessau AC at the Government House.

While presenting the award, the group received a warm and commending mention which says, “Going beyond their mandate of ‘a place of worship’, the Officer Sikh temple has undertaken several social cohesion activities that have created bridges of trust between multi-cultural communities. This group has showcased how sharing and caring can win hearts”.

The recipients were Madhu Bhatia, Navpreet Dhanoa, Ramandeep Kang, Harjinder Kaur, Harjit (Ravneet) Kaur, Brijai Parikh, Randeep Saini, Avtar Singh, Manjinder Singh, and Ramneet Kaur Walia.

The ‘Officer Sikh Gurudwara’ has been active through its volunteers this year by providing free meals to BlazeAid volunteers, collecting donations for Bunyip bushfire relief and contributing hay to the Need for Feed movement, tree plantation, participating in different local and state functions, organising prayers for families affected by bushfires, Christchurch attacks and Sri Lankan church attacks, providing food donations to 4Cs and Baptist Church among others.

A media release from the Officer Sikh temple says, “To weave unconditional love in the very foundation of all the activities. Noteworthy is that SGND does not have any formal committee. It is run by a group of volunteers who work in diverse professions Most of these volunteers have young families and still manage to dedicate a significant amount of their after-work hours to help with every day running.”

The ‘Officer Sikh Gurudwara’ is situated at 33 Officer Road, Officer, Victoria 3809. And can be contacted at 0447028688 or info@sgnd.com.au. Website is – www.sgnd.com.au

Indian Community Infrastructure Fund grants for community facilities open

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By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 26 November: In a big boost to the Indian community in Victoria, the Andrews Labor Government today opened the $3 million Indian Community Infrastructure Fund, fulfilling a key election commitment.

The Fund is open to Victoria’s Indian communities so they can upgrade and enhance their temples, community centers, and other community facilities.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Richard Wynne says, “We’re delivering on a promise to help build and upgrade Indian community facilities.”
“Victoria is home to Australia’s largest Indian community – they have helped make Victoria one of the most successful multicultural places in the world.”

“These grants ensure Indian Victorians have a place to come together, celebrate culture and traditions and feel connected – these things are vital in a successful multicultural society.”

Indian not-for-profit organizations can apply for a grant between $10,000 to $100,000 for smaller-scale projects, or a large grant from $100,001 to $500,000 for larger new build projects.

A media release says, “The Fund ensures Indian Victorians have access to safe and functional facilities where they can participate in their
community, hold cultural activities and share their cultures with the wider Victorian community.”

For more information or to apply, visit vic.gov.au/Indian-community-infrastructure-fund.

FIA Diwali Lights Competition 2019 prize distribution at the Parliament House

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FIA Diwali Lights Competition 2019 prize distribution at the Parliament House

By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 15 November: This is for the third consecutive year the FIA Diwali Lights Competition lighted up many homes in Victoria. Spread out into all suburbs, the competition, held each year during the festive season and Diwali, saw many entries with participants sending in the pictures of their houses. The winners, naturally, are happy with being facilitated at the Parliament Houses’ Federation Room today.

According to FIA Patron Karthik Arasu, “The competition involved Melbourne residents from all backgrounds to light up their front home facades in the lead up to Diwali from 20th October and this year being Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s 550 Birthday it was conducted till 10th November.”

Those who addressed the select gathering were Hon. Kaushaliya Vaghela MP, Hon. Bruce Atkinson and the Indian Consul General here, Hon. Raj Kumar. In his address, Bruce wished a time will come soon when the Victorian Parliament will be illuminated for Diwali. Kaushaliya talked about the various support schemes including grants the Victorian Government was doing for various community organizations. Mr. Raj Kumar wished everyone a happy Diwali and detailed some of the issues being addressed by the Indian Consulate here.

Those who got the prizes were:

- Guru Nanak Ji Special Prize $500 to Dilsher Singh Gill from Tarneit
- Judges special prize $500 to Anuj Gupta from Point Cook
- South East Metropolitan $500 to Shobhit Asthana from Oakleigh South
- Western Metropolitan $500 to Shalveen Vijay Lal from Point Cook
- Northern Metropolitan $500 to Sunny Dutt from Wollert

Appreciation certificates were also awarded to the sponsors and others supporting the event.