Premier Daniel Andrews today attended Diwali celebrations at the Sri Durga Temple at Rockbank, and announced that a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will invest $600,000 towards a new community centre. 

The announcement follows Labor’s pledge to establish Victoria’s first $3 million Indian Community Infrastructure Fund if re-elected, with all Indian temples and places of worship eligible for funding.

Diwali is a time to celebrate with family and friends and highlight the Hindu values of compassion, harmony and respect – values that resonate with all Victorians.

To better facilitate the sharing of Hindu values with the broader Victorian community, the Premier also announced that Labor will invest $200,000 over four years for Victoria’s first Hindu Festivals and Events Fund.

All Hindu organisations will be eligible for funding through the dedicated fund for events, festivals, religious celebrations and other occasions important to our diverse Hindu communities.  

Almost 135,000 Victorians are Hindu, making our state home to the second largest Hindu population in Australia.

This announcement recognises the contributions of our large Indian communities in Melbourne. It builds on Labor’s commitment to invest $14.5 million for land for Indian aged care and $3 million to establish a Bollywood and Indian Cinema Attraction Fund, bringing a minimum of four blockbuster films to our state over the next four years.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“With a dedicated festival and events fund, Labor will support our Hindu communities to share the values of compassion, harmony and respect with the rest of Victoria.”

“Labor believes that here in the multicultural state, we need to make investments to meet the growing needs of our Indian community.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott

“Our Indian communities make Victoria stronger and more successful and we want to help them celebrate and remain connected to their culture.”

Quote attributable to Member for Kororoit Marlene Kairouz

“Labor is proud to make the investments that matter for our local temple, and the broader Indian community.”