In the first week of September, the Governor of Victoria visited Dandenong to learn more about Melbourne’s premier Indian cultural precinct.
The Honourable Ms Linda Dessau AC and her husband Mr Anthony Howard QC met with members of the Indian taskforce including Greater Dandenong Mayor Cr Jim Memeti and State Member for Dandenong Gabrielle Williams.
The taskforce was established in the City of Greater Dandenong to help promote Indian culture in Dandenong.
Cr Jim Memeti said the aim of the taskforce was to create a shared community-lead vision for the precinct.
He said Council will receive $500,000 from the State Government’s Cultural Precinct Fund to develop the precinct.
“The aim of this taskforce is to provide advice and strategic input to Greater Dandenong Council and the State Government about the precinct moving forward,” Cr Memeti said.
“Having the opportunity to meet with Ms Dessau is further confirmation of the State Government’s commitment to Dandenong and the growth and development of this precinct,” he added.
More than 85,000 people of Indian origin live within 20km of Dandenong’s Little India Precinct, and more than 17,000 people from the Indian subcontinent choose to call the City of Greater Dandenong home.