Sunday, 24 March, was a historic day for Sikh community in Officer. Federal MP for Latrobe- Jason Wood announced a funding of 340,000 AUD for the Sikh temple in Officer ‘Siri Guru Nanak Darbar’ to be used for projects such as a kids language school, play area, organic farming, and rain water harvesting.
Wood spoke about the community initiatives of the Officer Sikh community in Latrobe. He mentioned the community’s collaborations with 15 organisations and their work for Australia Day, Bunyip fire relief, and Harmony Day.
Many dignitaries attended the announcement including Brad Battin, State MP Gembrook; Mayor Graeme Moore, Cardinia Shire Council; Mayor Amanda Stapledon, Casey Council; Cr Damien Rosario, Casey Council.
Jason said his office had received a professional proposal from the Officer temple for some community based, community focused and community centred projects. He said he was confident that these projects will promote community bridges and social cohesion. About 665 petitions were received in support of this proposal.
The Sikh community had earlier promised to put in some more of their funds to build ownership of these creative projects. S. Jatinder Singh Uppal donated 170,000 AUD to these and related projects. As a result the Officer Sikh community now has 510,000 AUD to spend on these community focused projects.
Officer Sikh Gurdwara has written many proposals and earlier received funding from Stronger Communities Program, Pick my Project of Victorian Government, and Melbourne Water.
There was a big congregation who cheered the announcement with traditional Sikh slogans like Bole So Nihal.
The Sikh Temple is a 33 Officer Road, Officer.