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Little India Cultural Precinct

The Little Indian Cultural Precinct, centered on Foster Street, Dandenong, is Melbourne's longest standing and most authentic cluster of Indian and subcontinental culture and commerce.

City of Greater Dandenong is home to a large number of Indian businesses, with 62 shops in central Dandenong, including 33 businesses clustered in the Little India Cultural Precinct itself. These specialists shops include eateries, groceries, general retail and most famously, fashion and traditional wear.

More than 12,400 Indian born residents currently live in the City of Greater Dandenong. The regional population of Indian born residents in Melbourne' south east reached 52,000 in 2016.

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Geoffrey Carran, contemporary artist and Rowena Martinich, abstract expressionist painter take us through their journey of visiting local Indian traders and their shops to sample the beautiful textiles on offer and gain inspiration for their mural 'Adornment', created as part of the Indian Cultural Precinct street art program.

Victoria’s first ever Indian Cultural Precinct

In 2017, the Hon Robin Scott Minister for Multicultural Affairs announced that Dandenong is the home to Victoria’s first ever Indian Cultural Precinct with a funding commitment of $500,000.

The funding is being administered by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship under its Community Infrastructure and Cultural Precincts Program.

In 2016 an Indian Cultural Precinct Taskforce was established to inform the precinct's direction and prepare a community vision. 

The taskforce includes representatives from the Department of Premier and Cabinet (Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship), Places Victoria, City of Greater Dandenong and ten community leaders with culturally specific perspectives on business, faith, community, festivals and youth interests.

Read the latest bulletin for the Indian Precinct

Download Taskforce Overview and Membership (PDF - 118KB)

Dandenong home to our first Indian cultural precinct - with a second one on the way out west - Victoria State Government

Dandenong Indian Cultural Precinct Framework 

Extensive community consultation during 2017-18 led to the Indian Cultural Precinct Framework. This sets a strategic direction and shared vision for the precinct over the short, medium and long term.

The Framework identifies 140 initiatives categorised under the six Precinct Objectives:

  1. Presentation and Curation
  2. Trade Experience
  3. Marketing and Partnerships
  4. Festivals and Events
  5. Community Hub
  6. Development

Immediate action will focus on short term initiatives that best use $500,000 funding provided by the Victorian Government through the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Download Indian Cultural Precinct Framework (PDF - 2.22MB)

Download Indian Cultural Precinct Framework Summary (PDF - 944KB)

Indian Cultural Precinct Framework Cover

Free copies of the Framework and Summary can be requested via business@cgd.vic.gov.au. Contact Council on 8571 1000, If you would prefer to speak directly with a Council representative about the Indian Cultural Precinct Framework.

Indian Cultural Precinct Profile

Since the 1990s Dandenong has been home to Melbourne’s Indian community, with an active and authentic Little India Cultural Precinct, and other Indian businesses in the activity centre.

Since the Revitalising Central Dandenong project started in 2006 the face of central Dandenong has changed enormously, with vastly improved public spaces, numerous new office buildings, Harmony Square and library. These developments have attracted  increasing numbers of workers, students and visitors into the area. Dandenong’s Little India Cultural Precinct is located in the midst of all this, and directly next to Dandenong Railway Station where 2.6 million commuters per annum are exposed to Indian culture and commerce each day as they walk to and from the station.

To understand more about the community and cultural profile of Dandenong’s Indian offer read the Indian Cultural Precinct Profile (PDF - 496KB).

 

Current Projects  

Power Pole decoration Indian Precinct

Decorative Power Poles

Little India, Dandenong
Artists: Sohail Yamin and Yoge Biju

Two power poles in Little India, Dandenong, have been brought to life with Indian and sub-continent colours and designs. 

Gandhi portrait by Julian Clavijo

Mahatma Gandhi Mural

Halpin Way (former substation), central Dandenong
Artist: Julian Clavijo

Surrounded by a diverse array of colours representing India's many cultures, this mural puts Gandhi back on the streets to share a message of non-violence and peace.

Indian mural Rowena and Geoffrey

Adornment Mural

Mason Street Carpark, central Dandenong
Artists: Rowena Martinich and Geoffrey Carran

"Adornment" celebrates Little India's status as Melbourne's hub of Indian and subcontinent fashion and design, inspired by the colour and movement found in Indian textiles and tapestries.

Between two world mural

Between Two Worlds Mural

Mason Street, central Dandenong
Artist: Mike Eleven

This mural offers an insight into the life of Greater Dandenong's 2018 Australia Day Young Leader of the Year awardee Aishwarya Pokkuluri, and how her two worlds blend - that of her Indian upbringing and her Australian lifestyle.

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