The Indian Community Centre with a Museum

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A game changer for the Indian community in Victoria.

A proud moment for the Indian community across Victoria as Indian communities across Victoria are set to benefit from a new Indian Community Centre opened by the Hon Alan Tudge MP on the 26th March in Rowville. This is a game changer. The event was officially kicked off with the light ceremony.

Chair-person of the Australia India Community Charitable Trust (AICCT), Vasan Srinivasan, said that he was truly excited for the community centre to officially open.

The community centre is a hub, a meeting place, a place for learning, for charitable activity and for sharing our rich Indian culture.

Mr Srinivasan extended his gratitude towards the Morrison Government and our Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Michael McCormack for the funding and approval of this project, along with Hon. Alan Tudge and Hon. Michael Sukkar for their support to see this project formalised and delivered.

The Community Centre is the new home of the Museum India, which will be named in memory of Dr Dinesh Parekh – the collector and curator of the museum’s collection.”

The centre is partially funded by the Australian Government with $2.5 million in funding.

Federal Member for Aston Alan Tudge, said that once final council approval is complete the two-storey building will be used as Victoria’s first Indian Community Centre, and include multiple assembly halls, a commercial kitchen, meeting and storage rooms, a carpark, an administration and reception area, offices for three Indian community peak bodies as well as a secure area for Museum India which showcases India’s rich history and heritage.

“This was an election commitment of the Morrison Government and I am so pleased to see it up and running,” Mr Tudge said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government’s $2.5 million investment in the Indian Community Centre would provide long term benefits to Victoria’s Indian communities and the local economy.

“In addition to Indian communities, this investment will produce long-term economic benefits to the region through generating increased foot traffic to local businesses,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

The Indian Community Centre is funded by Australian Government under the Community Development Grants Programme. The Programme delivers projects identified by the Australian Government to support needed infrastructure that promotes stable, secure and viable local and regional economies. Projects range from new sporting facilities, to upgrading community centres and small-scale infrastructure projects.

The Australian Indian Community Charitable Trust are providing the remaining $892,232 of funding towards the project.

The Prime Minister the Hon Scott Morrison could not attend the function due to floods in New South Wales and Queensland. Congratulating the India Australia Community, he praises Victorians, who have done it tougher than most.  But he’s encouraged by the way the community has pulled together, and pulled through. Especially our multicultural communities. He further goes on to praise the leaders – like Mr Vasan Srinivasan, and others in the Indian community –  giving people hope, direction and confidence. As part of this place, the Dr Parekh Museum India is a wonderful gift. He pays his tribute to Dr Dinesh Parekh for his generosity in sharing his extraordinary collection, representing so much of India’s rich   culture and history It’s a community Australia is proud of. One that has given so much to this country. He points out, this Centre, will give much – not only to this community, but to the wider community, and to everyone who passes through its doors.

The Prime Minister foresee many gatherings, full of colour, family, friendship and – of course – food! He extends his congratulations and very best wishes for the long life of the Australia India Community Centre.

The Hon Councillor General of India, Mr Raj Kumar, points out that the official opening of the first Indian Community Centre in Victoria is one of the most important events.  He sends his huge congratulations to Australia India Community Charitable Trust, especially to Mr Vasan Srinivasan, for his hard work to make this project a dream come true. This community centre will facilitate a place for bringing the community together and strengthen the relationship between the two countries. It’s a proud moment for the Indian Diaspora in Victoria and he expresses his congratulations from the bottom of his heart.

Lastly, the Honourable MP Matthew Guy congratulated not only the Australia India Community Charitable Trust but also the Indian Community across Victoria.  Coming from a migrant background himself, he tells this country built on migrants has a heart. The heart of the Indian community is the Community Centre and it is indeed a proud moment.

Mr Srinivasan on behalf of the Australia Indian Community Charitable Trust and its Trustees concluded the ceremony thanking each and everyone from an electrician to a plumber for their contribution in bringing the Indian Community centre to life.

(GDI News Desk)