Labor to also invest $200,000 over four years for Victoria’s first Hindu Festivals and Events Fund
Premier Daniel Andrews attended Diwali celebrations at the Sri Durga Temple at Rockbank, and announced that a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will invest $600,000 towards a new community centre.
The announcement follows Labor’s pledge to establish Victoria’s first $3 million Indian Community Infrastructure Fund if re-elected, with all Indian temples and places of worship eligible for funding.
“Labor believes that here in the multicultural state, we need to make investments to meet the growing needs of our Indian community,” said Premier Andrews.
To better facilitate the sharing of Hindu values with the broader Victorian community, the Premier also announced that Labor will invest $200,000 over four years for Victoria’s first Hindu Festivals and Events Fund.
All Hindu organisations will be eligible for funding through the dedicated fund for events, festivals, religious celebrations and other occasions important to our diverse Hindu communities.
Almost 135,000 Victorians are Hindu, making the state home to the second largest Hindu population in Australia.
“Our Indian communities make Victoria stronger and more successful and we want to help them celebrate and remain connected to their culture,” said Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott.
“Labor is proud to make the investments that matter for our local temple, and the broader Indian community,” said Member for Kororoit Marlene Kairouz.
This announcement recognises the contributions of the large Indian communities in Melbourne. It builds on Labor’s commitment to invest $14.5 million for land for Indian aged care and $3 million to establish a Bollywood and Indian Cinema Attraction Fund, bringing a minimum of four blockbuster films to our state over the next four years.