Victorian premier John Brumby has offered an assistance of one million Australian Dollars for the construction of a Hindu cultural and education centre in Melbourne, Australia.
Brumby announced the grant during a Diwali celebration event that attracted thousands of Indians as well as locals in the heart of city’s business district. The event is the largest cultural show managed by company “Celebrate India” that will also put up a lighting festival competition during Diwali.
Brumby said Diwali was an important occasion for the Indian community and a great example of how Victoria’s multicultural communities come together to share their values. He said “ Diwali is one of India’s most significant festivals which cuts across all religious, social and economic differences and is enjoyed by people all over the world. It is a festive an vibrant occasion that offers a wonderful combination of revelry and tradition.”
The fund would be given to the Hindu Society of Victoria for the construction of a “Hindu Cultural and Education Centre” in Carrum Downs. The proposed facility will be adjacent to Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple and will include a heritage resource and learning centre, a centre for educational and cultural activities and catering facilities to be used as a training kitchen.
The centre is said to bolster the strong Hindu community spirit and enhance visitor engagement by broadening and deepening the knowledge about the Hindu faith and community in the area.