An Andrews Labor Government plans to create an Indian cultural precinct to recognise and celebrate the contribution the communities of the subcontinent play in Victoria.
Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Daniel Andrews, announced the plan for the precinct at the Diwali Festival of Lights at Federation Square 25 October.
“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. Victoria’s Indian community is Australia’s largest, but doesn’t have a precinct to call its own – Labor will fix this,” said Mr Andrews.
The precinct will add another page to Melbourne’s reputation as the multicultural capital of Australia.
The location of the precinct will be determined after a full consultation and master planning process is undertaken in the first term of government.
“This will be a place to hold festivals, a hub to support businesses, a drawcard to attract tourists – it will be a meeting place for the entire community,” said Mr Andrews, and added that Labor will undertake a process to find the most appropriate location and what the precinct will comprise of in consultation with communities.