PM Morrison visits ‘Siri Guru Nanak Darbar’ Victoria’s Youngest Gurdwara in officer

PM Morrison rolls up his sleeves for kneading a Roti for the Officer Gurdwara, announcing funding for security upgrades.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited the Officer Sikh Gurdwara ‘Siri Guru Nanak Darbar (SGND)’ on May 14th to connect with multicultural communities in the La Trobe electorate. The local Indian, Sikh community and other multicultural communities welcomed the Prime Minister with a warm Punjabi welcome.

Along with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the Gurdwara saw MP for La Trobe join with other dignitaries, Alex Hawke, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs and Jason Wood, Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs

Scott Morrison preparing Rotis in the Community Kitchen

Harpreet S Kandra Community spokesperson welcomed everyone to the new built Gurdwara – just three and half year’s old. Often known in Victoria to be the ‘Youngest Gurdwara in Victoria’. Kandra also spoke of the several social solidarity and community wellbeing activities organised by this Sikh Temple in Officer.

The dignitaries were welcomed with flowers by the kids that had thanks messages attached to the flower stem. Federal funding to realise several projects such as Multipurpose room; Kids play area and library; Organic farm were part of the acknowledgement shared by Kandra and others at the Gurdwara.

The Prime Minister acknowledged the contributions of the Officer Gurdwara while referring to the 3- page document of several initiatives compiled by SGND.

Australia is the strongest multicultural country on Earth. We’re supporting our amazing multicultural communities to ensure a stronger future for all those who call Australia home”. Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Scott Morrison addresses the multicultural communities

Alex Hawke acknowledged that it was amazing to see communities like this support all Australians, making Australia the most successful multicultural country in the world. He further added, “Great to visit Gurdwara Siri Guru Nanak Darbar Officer in Melbourne with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Jason Wood MP. As the youngest Gurdwara in Australia, it was fantastic to see what a welcoming and vibrant community they have built, and to hear of all the work they are doing to support the local community.”

Scott Morrison celebrating Birthday cake with Alex Hawke and Raj Pahwa

Jason Wood announced an election commitment of $500,000 for the Officer Gurdwara to upgrade their security infrastructure. Commending the great service by the Sikh community and he thanked them for their several contributions. He said, “It was fantastic to receive flowers from children and very grateful for the warm welcome and hospitality.

Upkar Singh presenting ‘Sacred siropa of honour’ to Alex Hawke

Scott Morrison along with other dignitaries visited the Community Kitchen learnt the cultural way to prepare the community meal ‘langar’, especially the Indian bread ‘Roti’.

By GDI News desk