Victorian Liberal Leader Hon Matthew Guy will be the keynote speaker at the Festival of South Asia Inc.’s (FOSAI) “India Day 2018” celebrations to be held on the evening of Friday, 17 August at the Mint O Mustard Indian restaurant in Docklands.
Mr Guy is expected to talk about the plans he has for Victoria, if elected as the Victorian Premier on 24 November, including how he plans to engage with Victorian Indian community, and the Indian economy through the Victorian Indian diaspora.
Around 200 prominent Victorian India stakeholders would be joining the FOSAI’s India Day event this year. Joshi Lawyers are the title sponsors for the 2018 edition of India Day.
Festivals of South Asia Inc President Sarika Yellina will be presenting the the 2018 “The Indian Sun Person of Year” (TIS) awards. This year the Winners are Mrs Sadhna Wilson (Female Above 40); Mrs Sonika Sha (Female Under 40); Dr Subhash Sharma (Male Above 40); and Mr Param Rajput (Male Under 40).
During his early days, Mr Guy used to work at a BP Servo as a “console and shift operator” in Montmorency. As thousands of Australian Indians have worked in a similar role, they can relate much more with Mr Guy.
Mr Guy has announced that he would be nominating Prince of Udaipur HH Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar as the “Victorian Business Ambassador”. One of the reasons why he chose Prince Lakshyaraj for this role was the fact that during all his Melbourne visits, the billionaire Prince has engaged extensively with the Victorian India community—including visiting suburbs like Cranbourne and Wyndham where a majority of the Victorian Indian community lives.
Mr Guy has also promised extending the train line to Clyde, a decision that would have positive impact on 20,000 plus Victorian Indian families living in Cranbourne and surrounding areas. Mr Guy has also promised to support the creation of “Indian Cultural Precinct” in Cranbourne area.
As Multicultural Minister, Mr Guy had sanctioned half a million dollars in funding to the ISKCON Temple in 2014. During his recent visit to the ISKCON Temple, Mr Guy said he that he is open to further supporting the temple during their next stage of renovations and building improvements as well.
Mr Guy has already announced half a million dollars in funding for the Durga Temple in Rockbanks, and 200 K funding for Shiva Vishnu Temple in Carrum Downs to support with their infrastructure improvement plans.
Leading up to Victorian State elections, many more of his Victorian Indian community specific policies would be releasing in next few months. He is likely to announce some reforms in State Government funded and created Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM), as well.
The 2017 edition of FOSAI’s India Day was a big hit as well. Last year’s keynote speaker was South Indian actress-politician Mrs Khushbu Sundar, who had presented the TIS awards to winners Mrs Roshni Sharma, Mrs Nithya Remesan, Mr Vijeth Shetty and a few others. The title sponsor for last year’s event was Australia India Future Investments, while the MCs were Mrs Ginny Kohli Gulati and Mrs Dheepa Awtani.