Victoria’s Indian community gets a say on the future of Dandenong cultural precinct

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott with Bollywood dancers Susy Carasas and Marshie Perera at Dandenong Council. Picture: Jason Sammon. Source:

Council is seeking community feedback on the future direction of the Indian Cultural Precinct in Dandenong.

After extensive community consultation an Indian Cultural Precinct Framework has been prepared which outlines a strategic direction for the precinct.

The framework was created following an announcement by the State Government in 2015 to create Victoria’s first-ever Indian Cultural Precinct in Dandenong.

A taskforce was established soon after the Victorian Government announcement and they have played an instrumental role in driving the creation of the framework.

Melbourne’s south-east region is home to more than 52,000 people of Indian origin. Approximately 12,400 first generation Indian residents currently call the City of Greater Dandenong home.

Greater Dandenong Mayor Councillor Youhorn Chea said the Indian Cultural Precinct Framework set a strategic direction for the partnership between Council, the local community, Victorian Government, Development Victoria and the Indian Cultural Precinct Taskforce.

He said the framework looked at how the shared vision could be delivered in the short, medium and long-term.

“If you are a voice for Indian and subcontinent communities in Melbourne’s south-east and are passionate about the Indian and subcontinent offer in Dandenong, this is your chance to have your say,” he said.

“The initial focus will on initiatives that can be achieved in the short-term and with a focus on using the $500,000 allocated from the State Government’s Cultural Precinct Fund to develop the precinct.”

To view the Indian Cultural Precinct Framework go to Feedback and comments are invited until 5pm, Monday 5 March by emailing


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