Monash in Melbourne’s south east could be home to Victoria’s next Indian cultural centre.
Monash City Council has been granted $50,000 for a feasibility study to examine the needs of the local Indian community, identify service gaps and assess the viability of a community centre for the area, an official press release said on April 12.
With sites already earmarked for Dandenong and Wyndham, these hubs provide a space for Indian people to come together and celebrate their culture and heritage with the broader community.
Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott was on April 12 joined by Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos and local Mayor Rebecca Paterson to announce the study, which is expected to take three months.
Monash’s local demographics have seen a significant transformation over the past decade, with the Indian population more than doubling between 2001 and 2011.
It’s a change that means the south eastern corridor accounts for almost a third of Melbourne’s South Asian population.
Victoria is home to Australia’s largest Indian community, with more than 111,700 Victorians having been born in India.
Scott said, “We should be proud of our multiculturalism, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t require work. This study will help us direct our efforts. These hubs provide another opportunity to celebrate and share Indian culture with the broader local community.”
Dimopoulos said, “We’ve got a rapidly growing Indian community in Monash and it’s vital we support and embrace that. This is a first step in identifying opportunities that will give Indian people a greater sense of belonging and contribution.”