Andrew’s government planning a third “Indian cultural hub” in City of Monash

By Prachi Panchal
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Chorus grows for an additional “Indian cultural hub” in Cranbourne as well

The Victorian Government has announced that it is planning a third Indian cultural hub in Victoria. The announcement came just one day after the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) revealed key highlights of the 2016 Census, stating that a ‘typical’ Victorian migrant is Indian-born.

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. The study is expected to be completed in three months.

With sites already earmarked for Dandenong and Wyndham, these hubs will provide a space for Indian people to come together and celebrate their culture, commerce and heritage with the broader community. The suburb of Clayton, or the strip along Blackburn road in Glen Waverley are most likely to be the prospective location for the proposed hub in City of Monash.

Former Ministerial Adviser Mr. Nitin Gupta has welcomed the announcement, but he said that he would like to see an additional Indian cultural hub created in Cranbourne as well. Mr. Gupta said “I welcome the announcement by the Andrew’s government for planning a third Victorian Indian cultural hub in City of Monash. But, most probably there is equal or perhaps even bigger Victorian Indian population in the City of Casey. So I personally feel that Cranbourne should also get an additional Indian cultural hub.”

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“There are additional funds available under the “Growth Area Infrastructure Contributions” (GAIC)  scheme. So the money sitting in GAIC could well be used for creating community infrastructure in a growing suburb like Cranbourne. These community hubs provide another opportunity to celebrate and share Indian culture and commerce with the broader local community. And Cranbourne would be a perfect place within City of Casey to have the fourth Indian cultural hub in Victoria. The City of Casey has a decent sized Indian community to justify that.” further added Mr. Gupta.

AIBC Executive and Miss World Australia national finalist Miss Rashi Kapoor commented “We’ve got a rapidly growing Indian community in Cranbourne area and it’s vital we support and embrace that. So personally I would like to see an additional Indian cultural hub around Cranbourne as well. There is a big Indian community residing in City of Casey for sure. I also welcome the announcement by Andrew’s Government regarding a third Indian hub in City of Monash.”

“I also hope that there would be extensive community consultations, including with Indian community and business groups like Australia India Business Council (AIBC Victoria), Indian Executive Club (IEC), India Australia Exchange Forum (IAEF) and others regarding the location and design of additional Indian cultural hubs in Victoria.” further added Miss Kapoor.

Local residents like Mrs. Anchal Agarwal, Miss Aahana Gupta, Mr Aravind Putta, Mrs. Heena Khan, Mrs. Manpreet Kaur, Miss Arayna Gupta, and various others have joined in the chorus for an additional Indian cultural hub to be created in Cranbourne area as well.

The Indian Sun would love to hear back from residents, community leaders and politicians regarding their opinion on having an additional Indian hub in Cranbourne area.

 

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