Cranbourne needs an Indian community hub: Matthew Guyby Theindian Sun Indian Magazine in Australia
Victorian Opposition Leader Hon. Matthew Guy strongly feels that the Victorian Indian community in and around Cranbourne is huge, and deserves its own Community Hub—a cultural precinct or community centre—whatever the local Indian community decides. And he is willing to back it.
Mr Guy was attending a “Holi” event in the ultra-marginal seat of Carrum when he made this statement. Prominent Victorian Indians such as Mr Roshni Sharma (The Indian Sun Person of the Year 2017); Cranbourne Socialite Mr Aravind Putta; AFL India Ambassadors—Sonal Sharma, Bindy Bakshi, Jayashree Nishtala and Madhu Rangavanshi; AIBC Members—Neha Soudagar, Nithya Remesan, and Pusha Narayan; and various others had attended the Holi celebrations in Carrum Downs.
Other issues such as lack of Victorian Indian representation in the State and Federal Parliaments; exclusion of South Indian artists, and talented local Victorians from the state government funded IFFM; need for a full-time Ministerial Adviser from Indian community; Duplication of Thompson Road; Removal of Level Crossing at Narre Warren Station; and various other issues were also raised by community members with Mr Guy.
Local resident Mrs Anchal Agarwal has welcomed the statement by Mr Guy and said she looks forward to a detailed media release in this regard. Mrs Agarwal had raised the issue of an Indian Cultural Precinct in Cranbourne with Mr Guy during the Shadow Cabinet held in the area last year as well.
Former ministerial adviser Mr Nitin Gupta commented, “It’s good to hear Mr Guy’s strong supporting statement regarding the need for an Indian Community Hub in the Cranbourne area. I would now look forward to the formal funding commitments and budget allocations in this regard, before making any further conclusions or comments. But I do welcome Mr Guy’s statement.”
Cranbourne is one of the most marginal seats leading up to Victorian State elections in November 2018. It has a huge Indian community, and is a must win if the Liberal-National Coalition wants to win back Government in Victoria.
Former Australian Prime Minister Hon. Tony Abbott had also visited Cranbourne last week to add some extra support in the Liberal party’s efforts to win back Cranbourne. Mr Abbott had also visited the shops and business houses owned by the Victorian Indian community.
Holi will be celebrated in Cranbourne on Saturday, 10 March this year near the iconic Selandra Rise Shopping Centre. Some big political names from both parties are expected to attend the Holi festivities this year, as they try and engage with Indian and Hindu communities around the Cranbourne area.
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