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Victoria’s first ever Indian Cultural Precinct

The Hon Robin Scott Minister for Multicultural Affairs recently announced that Dandenong will be 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 within the framework of their Community Infrastructure and Cultural Precincts Program (CICP).

A taskforce has been formed to inform the direction of the precinct and prepare a community vision. 

The taskforce includes representatives from the Department of Premier and Cabinet (Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship), Places Victoria and the City of Greater Dandenong as well as leaders of speciality perspectives including Business, Faith, Community; Festivals/Events and Youth.

Read the latest bulletin for the Indian Precinct

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

The Indian Cultural Precinct Framework sets a strategic direction for the partnership between the Victorian Government, Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion Division, Development Victoria, City of Greater Dandenong and Indian Cultural Precinct Taskforce to deliver the shared vision over the short, medium and long term.

The Framework captures community aspirations and will assist in guiding future development of the Indian offer in Dandenong.  It includes a shared vision for Melbourne’s Premier Indian Precinct and 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
Indian Cultural Precinct Framework Cover

Immediate action will focus on short term initiatives that best use the funds allocated in the Victorian Budget ($500,000) through Department of Premier and Cabinet.

The Indian Cultural Precinct Framework is available in a summary form and as a full 54 page Precinct Framework.

Indian Cultural Precinct Framework Summary (PDF - 944KB)

Indian Cultural Precinct Framework (PDF - 4.69MB)

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


Community Survey on the Proposed Gandhi Statue

Traders and shoppers are invited to complete a short survey and share views on a proposed statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the Indian Cultural Precinct in Foster Street, Dandenong.

The Federation of Indian Associations of Victoria (FIAV) is proposing the statue in support of Dandenong’s recognition as the home of Victoria’s first ever Indian Cultural Precinct.  FIAV have described a life sized bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the Indian Precinct opposite the Dandenong railway station with a series of plaques fixed on the statue’s pedestal describing Gandhi’s life and philosophy. 

Council is keen to understand community views on this matter and has created an online survey. The survey closes 7 June 2018.

Click here to have your say on the Gandhi Statue 

 Gandhi Statue

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.

Dandenong is also in the economic and multicultural hub of south east of Melbourne, only 30kms away, and surrounded by a large and growing regional population of people from Indian sub-continent and South Asian backgrounds.

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).


Indian Cultural Precinct Taskforce

In 2016 an Indian Cultural Precinct Taskforce was established in Greater Dandenong, comprising five government representatives and ten community leaders in the areas of business, community, festivals and youth. 

The Taskforce has led on development of an Indian Cultural Precinct Framework to inform future investment, business and cultural expression in support of central Dandenong’s Indian offer.  It will continue to have an overseeing role and provide advice and strategic input on Melbourne’s first Indian Cultural Precinct.   

Download Taskforce Overview and Membership (PDF - 118KB)

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