Labor to build Indian cultural precinct in Melbourne

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Victoria’s Opposition and Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Daniel Andrews with members of the Indian community enjoying spray of   Holi colours

An Andrews Labor Government will create an Indian Cultural Precinct to recognise and celebrate the contribution the communities of the subcontinent play in Victoria.

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Mr Andrews at the gurdwara

The Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Daniel Andrews, announced the plan for the precinct at the Diwali Festival of Lights at Federation Square.

The precinct will add another page to Melbourne’s reputation as the multicultural capital of Australia.

The location of the precinct will be determined after a full consultation and master planning process is undertaken in the first term of government.

Said Mr Andrews, “Victoria’s Indian community is Australia’s largest, but doesn’t have a precinct to call its own ”“ Labor will fix this.”

“The Greek community celebrates in Lonsdale Street, there is Chinatown on Little Bourke, Lygon Street is richly Italian and the Vietnamese have Little Saigon in Footscray ”“ Melbourne will now have an Indian cultural precinct as well.”

“This will be a place to hold festivals, a hub to support businesses, a drawcard to attract tourists ”“ it will be a meeting place for the entire community.”

Labor will undertake a process to find the most appropriate location and what the precinct will comprise of in consultation with the community.


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