Dandenong earns the coveted first Indian precinct pride of place

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Melbourne: Dandenong will be home to Victoria’s first ever Indian Cultural Precinct, with the Andrews Labor Government further announcing a second Precinct in the works for Melbourne’s west.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott was on December 2 joined by Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams to announce the transformation of Little India in Foster St, Dandenong.

The 2015-16 Victorian Budget included $500,000 to create Melbourne’s first Indian Cultural Precinct.

Dandenong was selected following consultation with the Indian community through an advisory panel, community consultations, written submissions and an independent feasibility study.

“This Precinct will become a hub of activity – hosting festivals, a drawcard for tourism, supporting small businesses and boosting the local economy in Dandenong,” said Scott.

The Labor Government has further committed to a second Precinct to be established in Melbourne’s West, given the region’s growing and thriving Indian community.

Scott said a second Indian Cultural Precinct or community centre will be created in Wyndham.

The Government will commit $500,000 from the Cultural Precincts Fund towards its development, with an exact location to be determined.

Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy said that Melbourne’s West would benefit from greater investment and tourism, more jobs and more liveable and enjoyable communities as a result of this commitment.

“I have heard from so many locals passionate about bringing an Indian Cultural Precinct to Wyndham. This is a huge win for the whole community, particularly the community members and groups who have been advocating for the West throughout this process,” said Hennessy.

Victoria is proudly home to Australia’s largest Indian community, with more than 111,700 Indian-born Victorians, representing 40 per cent of Australia’s Indian population.

The Precincts will provide a place for Indian communities to make their own in Greater Dandenong, Casey and Wyndham, while also giving Victorians more opportunities to experience Indian culture.

Both regions will benefit from greater investment and tourism, more jobs and more liveable and enjoyable communities.

“Both Precincts will recognise the important contribution the Indian and south Asian communities continue to make to Victoria every day,” said Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams