Tag: Victoria’s Indian community

$ 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

Labor’s Diwali gift: Indian precinct in Melbourne

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Photo: SAT/NN

By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 25 October: Leader of opposition in Victoria and Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Hon. Daniel Andrews, today announced Labor will build an, ‘Indian Cultural Precinct’ in Melbourne, if elected to govern Victoria on 29 November, when Victoria goes to polls to elect a new government. The surprise Diwali gift was announced by Hon. Daniel Andrews at the Federation Square Diwali event, organised by the Celebrate India.

The historic announcement by Hon. Daniel Andrews was cheered by thousands of Diwali celebrants in the heart of the city. The announcement is being seen as a pre poll wooing of the Indian community as well as the culmination of the struggle of the ‘Little India’ precinct traders in Dandenong, which the Places Victoria has earmarked for redevelopment. The ‘Little India’ traders have been agitating for a long time demanding compensation for loss of business as a consequence of Places Victoria’s decision to get rid of the precinct. Labor’s announcement is expected to boost its chances further in the next month’s Victorian elections where it is already ahead of the Coalition in opinion polls.

In his announcement Hon. Daniel Andrews did not mention ‘Little India’ but said, “Victoria’s Indian community is Australia’s largest, but doesn’t have a precinct to call its own – Labor will fix this.”

He said, ” The Greek community celebrate in Lonsdale Street, there is Chinatown on Little Bourke, Lygon Street is richly Italian and the Vietnamese have Little Saigon in Footscray – Melbourne will now have an Indian cultural
precinct as well.”

“This will be a place to hold festivals, a hub to support businesses, a draw card to attract tourists – it will be a
meeting place for the entire community,” he said.

Mr. Andrews also said Labor will undertake a process to find the most appropriate location and what the precinct will

comprise of in consultation with communities and organisations.

Many Indians including Little India traders, community leaders and political activists who were present at the Federation Square expressed their happiness at the announcement.

An official media release from Hon. Daniel Andrews’s office is expected soon.

- SAT News Service.