Australia’s state government of Victoria is providing more than $160,000 to the Hindu Society of Victoria to upgrade its Cultural and Heritage Centre, also known as the Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple.
The state’s Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott and Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny joined the Indian community to make the announcement.
The Hindu Society of Victoria was established in 1982 and advocates for the cultural and spiritual needs of Victoria’s Hindu community. Consecrated in 1994, the Society’s spiritual and cultural precinct, the Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple, is now largest Hindu temple in the southern hemisphere.
The funding is being provided through the Labor Government’s Community Infrastructure and Cultural Precincts (CICP) program, which promotes greater use of community facilities by Victoria’s culturally diverse communities, increasing their participation in activities, improving access to services and enabling Victoria’s cultural precincts to remain attractive for cultural and tourism activities.
The Labor Government is promoting an inclusive society where every Victorian can preserve and share their culture and traditions in spaces of their own heritage.
“The upgrades to the Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple will help our Hindu community enshrine and share their values of compassion, selflessness, harmony, tolerance and respect,” said Multicultural Affairs Minister Scott. “By working together with local communities, we are building a Victoria where everyone belongs, feels accepted and can freely participate and contribute.”