Posted on 12. Oct, 2010 in Clayton Update

Springvale’s strong cultural links with the Chinese, Vietnamese and Cambodian communities will be enhanced with a new gateway and community space in the cultural precinct.

Minister Assisting the Premier on Multicultural Affairs James Merlino said the Springvale Asian Business Association and Cambodian Association of Victoria would benefit from $255,000 in Brumby Labor Government funding for the Springvale precinct.

“Victorians are proud of our cultural heritage – we come from more than 200 countries of origin, speak over 200 languages and dialects and follow over 110 faiths,” Mr Merlino said.

“We are working with dedicated community organisations and councils to preserve our multicultural heritage by developing community infrastructure and cultural precincts through our $10 million Cultural Precincts and Community Infrastructure Fund.

“This funding will help to establish the importance of the Asian community in the Springvale precinct, one of the social hearts of our Chinese, Vietnamese and Cambodian communities.”

Mr Merlino said up to $175,000 will be provided to the Springvale Asian Business Association for the erection of an Asian Gateway in Springvale’s shopping centre at the intersection of Buckingham Avenue and Windsor Avenue.

An additional $80,000 will go to the Cambodian Association for the expansion of its community space at 52 Queens Street in Springvale.

“We are encouraging communities to plan on how to best preserve and improve their existing facilities, as well as look at ways to plan for the future,” Mr Merlino said.
“The funding provides an opportunity to partner with communities to develop innovative ideas and to make a mark on some of Victoria’s most vibrant precincts and facilities.”
Mr Merlino said the Cultural Precincts and Community Infrastructure Fund aims to:

  • Support projects that enable Victoria’s most captivating and exciting precincts to remain sustainable and attractive for investment, cultural and tourism activities; and
  • Support the upgrade of existing or construction of new community facilities, promoting greater use and access by Victoria’s diverse communities.


Member for Clayton Hong Lim said the funding is an extension of the already successful Cultural Precincts Enhancement Fund, which focused on revitalising the CBD cultural precincts of the Greek, Italian and Chinese communities.

“Our Asian communities continue to play an active role in standing up for our reputation as a culturally and religiously diverse society that embraces rich cultural heritage,” Mr Lim said.

“Springvale is proud of its cultural links to the Asian community and our new cultural precinct will ensure the region remains a great asset.”

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