Indian culture is flourishing in Wyndham. As at the 2016 Census, more than 22,000 residents were born in India and each year, our community enjoys a number of significant Indian cultural celebrations, drawing an audience from across Wyndham and beyond.
Indian and other South Asian community members have shown that they are keen to embrace Australian culture, and to also maintain a connection to their Indian culture for their families’ sake, and to share their culture with the broader community.
The Victorian State Government funded a feasibility study into a potential Indian Cultural Precinct in Wyndham which was undertaken in 2017.
The State Government has indicated that up to $500,000 would be made available to contribute to the development of a cultural precinct in Wyndham.
Similar cultural precinct funding has previously been used to enhance precincts such as Victoria Street Richmond, the Asian Gateway in Springvale, Eaton Mall in Oakleigh and the Afghan Bazaar in Dandenong.
The study engaged with more than 700 local residents to examine whether an Indian/South Asian Cultural Precinct would be viable in Wyndham and to determine the location and nature of such a precinct.
The study is now complete and is available below for download. At the Ordinary Council Meeting of 5 December 2017 Council resolved that:
- Council note the attached Indian Cultural Precinct Feasibility Study Report and the recommendations as a reflection of the outcomes of the community consultation.
- The Mayor write to the Minister for Multicultural Affairs requesting consideration of the report by the State Government and further discussions with Council following this consideration.