Have your say on the Gandhi Statue
28 May 2018
Council is seeking community feedback on a proposal to install a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Dandenong’s Indian Cultural Precinct.
The Federation of Indian Associations of Victoria submitted a proposal to Council for a life-sized bronze statue of Gandhi opposite the Dandenong railway station. The proposal includes a series of plaques describing Gandhi’s life and philosophy.
A survey gauging public support for the statue is now open.
Already in Australia there are life-sized statues of Mahatma Gandhi, one of India’s most well-known and revered historical figures, in Canberra and Brisbane.
A temporary mural of Gandhi was also recently completed on a former substation within the Indian Cultural Precinct by renowned street artist Julian Clavijo.
Representations of Gandhi promote a message of peace, co-existence and tolerance. Gandhi’s story also represents the experience of migration, one that is so familiar to many members of the Greater Dandenong community.
The survey will ask about support for the statue and whether there is support for monuments of other historical figures or icons to reinforce the precinct as the heart of Melbourne’s Indian and subcontinent culture.
The survey closes on Thursday 7 June, and can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GandhiSurvey