Australia's Victoria state govt to fund Hindu temple
Melbourne: With Hinduism emerging as one of the fastest growing religion in Australia, Victorian government on Friday announced over 160,000 dollars funds for the upgradation of Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple here.
The Cultural and Heritage Centre also known as Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple was consecrated in 1994. It is said to be the largest Hindu temple in the southern hemisphere.
The Victoria's Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott who visited the temple on Friday said the government will provide over 160,000 dollars funds to the Hindu Society of Victoria to upgrade its Cultural and Heritage Centre. He said the state government is keen to promote an inclusive society where every Victorian can preserve and share their culture and traditions in spaces of their own heritage. Under the new funding from the Labor Government, the driveway and entry points of the Cultural and Heritage Centre will be upgraded and more than 300 car parks will be added on the site. The new project is also expected to benefit thousands of Hindus and wider community members from Carrum Downs suburb where the temple is located. The funding is being provided through the Labor Governments Community Infrastructure and Cultural Precincts (CICP) programme which aims to promote greater use of community facilities by states culturally diverse communities, increasing their participation in activities, improving access to services and enabling states cultural precincts to remain attractive for cultural and tourism activities.