The Victorian Government is creating jobs by helping build, restore and enhance facilities where multicultural communities gather – to be enjoyed on the other side of this pandemic.
Minister for Multicultural Affairs The Hon Ros Spence MP and Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp today announced that the following organisation in Northern Victoria will receive funding under the Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund:
- Food Next Door Co-op will receive $14,765 for essential infrastructure (shed, rainwater tank) at the Community Demonstration Farm which will enhance the capacity of the organisation to support migrant and refugee farmers.
- Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council (SMECC) will receive $110,000 to install air-conditioning units and upgrade the kitchen at SMECC. Commercial grade kitchen benches, stoves and range hoods will be installed and a wall built to improve access to the cool room from the kitchen. This will support the work of the SMECC which prepared and delivered over 1900 breakfasts to schools and SMECC’s clients in 2019.
- Sunraysia Alevi Cultural Centre will receive $37,500 to support major repair works to the Sunraysia Alevi Centre. This work will involve removal and replacement of existing roofing and gutters, installation of a new air-conditioning system and internal repairs and painting.
- Italian Social Club in Swan Hill will receive $20,500 to purchase and install six 9.5kw Reverse Cycle Split System Units in the community hall. Currently there is no cooling in the hall and only minimal heating. As a result, the hall is not fit for use during Winter and Summer. The new heating and cooling systems will improve the facility for it’s 250 members and support the Club to increase usage by the greater Swan Hill community.
- Zion Worship Centre Inc in Shepparton will receive $25,000 to support the upgrade of facilities at the Zion Worship Centre. This will result in the construction of a mezzanine floor to create social rooms for Sunday School, mother’s rooms and a Youth/Social Room which will also be available for public hire.
The Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund grants will provide $1.1 million for 23 multicultural groups to upgrade their community facilities, with more than half based in regional Victoria. The projects will create local jobs while also helping Victorians feel connected to their cultural heritage in facilities that are safe, modern and inclusive.
Some of the other successful projects include: the community kitchen run by multicultural women at Wellsprings for Women in Dandenong will be renovated, while major works will also get underway at the Ballarat Welcome Centre.
For a full list of successful recipients, visit: vic.gov.au/grants-support-multicultural-communities.
Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp
“Victoria is proudly a multicultural state – and we know that our diversity is one of our greatest strengths.”
“This funding will not only mean improved facilities for local community groups, giving them the benefit of a place to call their own, it will also create jobs in regional Victoria when we need them most.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence
“We know how important it is for multicultural Victorians to have a space to call their own – and that’s as important now as ever.”
“While Stay at Home restrictions mean we can’t gather in person right now, this funding will help create safe spaces for community members to come together in a COVID-safe way, once we reach the other side.”