The Victoria state government in Australia announced an AUD 3 million grant to help the state’s Indian diaspora renovate and revamp its temples and construct centres for cultural activities.
Victoria’s Minister for Multicultural Affairs Richard Wynne announced the ‘Infrastructure Fund’ and said, “We’re delivering on a promise to help build and upgrade Indian community facilities.”
“Victoria is home to Australia’s largest Indian community – they have helped make Victoria one of the most successful multicultural places in the world,” Wynne added.
About AUD 10,000-100,000 could be used for small-scale projects while for large projects up to AUD 500,000 would be granted, the official statement said.
Victoria is home to Australia’s largest Indian community, with 169,000 India-born residents according to the latest 2016 census. Almost 135,000 Victorians are Hindu, making the state home to the second largest Hindu population in Australia.