CIA’s Indian Support Centre to work as voice for community

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Centre will provide information on employment, domestic violence, and senior-citizen related matters

The Council of Indian Australians Inc (CIA) announced the launch of the Indian Support Centre on 14 March, at an event attended by more than 100 people comprising heads of various Indian linguistic, cultural and temple associations.

Hon. Victor Dominello, Minister for Citizenship and Communities, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister for Veterans Affairs, and Assistant Minister for Education formally launched the Indian Support Centre.  Speaking at the launch, Minister Dominello spoke passionately about India, its economic growth, its present leadership under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and how both Australia – in particular the State of New South Wales — and India stand to benefit by closely working together in a spirit of partnership.

Mr Andrew Rohan, Member for Smithfield and the Liberal candidate for Prospect, congratulated CIA for establishing the much needed Indian Support Centre.  Speaking on this occasion, Mr Rohan said the centre will provide the Indian Australian community with information on employment, domestic violence, senior-citizen related matters and general news. “The Centre will provide networking opportunities as well as act as a platform for the Indian Australian community to voice the issues that affect them,” he added.

Mr Rohan also announced a special one-off grant of A$18,700 from the NSW Government, to be used for the setting up of the Support Centre in the Prospect region.

Mr Subba Rao Varigonda, Public Officer of the Council of Indian Australians, said “this long cherished dream is now becoming a reality”. He added that for the past few months he and Mr Tony Colaco, Public Relations Officer of the Council of Indian Australians, worked relentlessly with Mr Rohan and the current government in achieving its goal.  “The Council is in discussions with real estate agents in the region to identify a place to start the Centre,” said Mr Varigonda.

Mr Praful Desai, president of the Council of Indian Australians, thanked the Government, community leaders and guests for supporting the CIA in the establishment of the Centre.

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