Tag: Victoria

Indian Community Infrastructure Fund grants for community facilities open


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

Photos: SAT/NN.

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.

Kookaburra microchip smartball to ‘revolutionise cricket’


MELBOURNE, 13 August: A cricket ball embedded with a microchip stands to revolutionize cricket – and it is being developed in Victoria by renowned sports equipment innovator Kookaburra.

Kookaburra’s SmartBall has been in development with technology partner SportCor for the past two years and was
revealed to the cricket world at a special launch in London on Saturday night.

Minister for Jobs, Innovation, and Trade Martin Pakula says, “Kookaburra is a terrific Victorian company with a record of world-leading innovation and SmartBall is a stunning example of its commitment to staying ahead of the pack.”
“Victoria is the home of innovation and that means we are creating the jobs of the future right now.”

The Moorabbin-based Kookaburra pioneered white and pink balls for use around the world and believes SmartBall
has a future in Test cricket and top T20 leagues.

The key to SmartBall is a microchip embedded in the core which provides advanced, real-time data for players,
coaches and viewers. The ball calculates the speed at three points – release, pre-bounce, and post-bounce.
A bowler will be able to release delivery and then immediately look to his or her smartwatch and check the speed
or degree of turn.

Kookaburra managing director Brett Elliot says, “Kookaburra has been at the forefront of innovation in cricket, from the first-ever white balls used under lights in World Series Cricket, through to the pink balls now used for day/night Tests.”

“The logical next step is to combine the data and analytics side of cricket that is becoming so critical to players,
coaches and fans, with our traditional style of hand-making cricket balls.”

Data could be used just as readily by broadcasters or relayed directly to fans. Future capabilities include information
on whether the bat has nicked a ball, whether the ball has hit the grass on low catches and improved tracking for
DRS (decision review system).

Opposition talk of law and order “totally cheap”, says Daniel Andrews


By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 10 May: Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews today came down heavily on the opposition for talking around about the ‘law and order’ situation in the state. The latest budget, he said, has more money for more police and the last two crime statistics show “we are turning it around”.

Answering to a pointed question during a budget briefing at the Parliament House today by SAT, the Victorian Premier said the opposition’s talk on the subject was “totally cheap” as “we inherited a mess” but have given more resources for special firearms, more drug tests and all support to the Police Commissioner.

“9,300 applications had recently applied for positions in the Victoria Police,” he disclosed.



Addressing the media, Multicultural Minister Robin Scott said, “Culturally diverse communities in Victoria will benefit from a record boost of $43.6 million in multicultural funding, as part of this year’s Victorian Budget.”

“The funding will ensure every Victorian has the opportunity to celebrate our state’s rich cultural diversity, “said Minister Scott.


Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan said, “the budget includes a massive investment in the Suburban Roads Upgrade of $ 2.2 billion package to upgrade 13 arterial roads across the northern and south-eastern suburbs.”

“We’d all rather spend more time with family and friends than stuck in traffic – that’s why we’re fixing the suburban roads people rely on every day,” he said.


Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos disclosed that Victoria will be the first state in Australia to provide an additional $18 million to give at least 3,000 children attending state-funded kinders the opportunity to learn a language other than English for the very first time.

“The project will start in a few months and which languages form part of the scheme will be decided after community consultation”, she said.

Andrews education initiatives part of new India strategy

By SAT News Desk

NEW DELHI, 16 JANUARY: Victorian school students will soon have the opportunity to travel to India on a new cultural exchange program as part of an ambitious Andrews Labor Government strategy to strengthen Victoria’s economic and cultural ties with

Premier Daniel Andrews today visited Bluebells School International in Delhi and participated in a school lesson conducted via Skype with Bluebells’ Victorian sister school, Rangebank Primary School in Cranbourne.


The visit, part of Mr. Andrews official tour to India this week, follows the launch of the Government’s new strategy – Victoria’s India Strategy: Our Shared Future – in Melbourne on Sunday.

The strategy is an ambitious blueprint aimed at doubling our goods exports to India, attracting more international students to enroll at our world-leading education providers and encouraging more people from India to experience for themselves the best of everything a visit to Victoria can offer.
Education is a key focus of the strategy, with Mr. Andrews today announcing three new initiatives to strengthen Victoria’s relationship with India by engaging with the next generation of young people. These include:
- A new two-year Victorian Young Leaders to India pilot which will see up to 200 Victorian Year 7-9 students and 25 teachers travel to India and complete two to four-week immersion programs
- A two-year Women in School Leadership Program that helps female school leaders, including principals and senior teachers, from Victoria and India to share knowledge related to school leadership, change management and Education State priorities
- A two-year Victorian Schools and Indian Diaspora Partnerships Program to deepen Victorian schools’ engagement with India by harnessing the knowledge of the Indian diaspora to develop and support partnerships between schools in India and Victoria.


Premier Daniel Andrews said, “Victoria is proudly home to the largest number of people with India heritage in Australia – it’s only right our students understand the significance of Indian culture, and the economic contribution India makes to our state.


This will give our up and coming young leaders the chance to showcase Victoria’s strengths to other Indian young people, while at the same time immersing themselves in Indian culture and building their leadership skills.”

Earlier, Mr. Andrews presented Victoria’s ten-year India Strategy: Our Shared Future to senior India government officials and business leaders in Delhi.

- ALL PHOTOS: Victoria Govt.