Welcome to City of Greater Dandenong's "Dandenong's Indian Cultural Precinct Forum" online forum.
This is a place for community members to provide valuable input into plans that will help shape a better City of Greater Dandenong for everyone.

Dandenong's Indian Cultural Precinct Forum

Forum closing on 30 July 2017 / 01:30 PM (7 days left)

Tell us your best ideas to shape the future of Dandenong’s Indian Cultural Precinct!

Greater Dandenong has been crowned Victoria’s first ever Indian Cultural Precinct - help us to grow the precinct in the hearts and minds of all who visit.

We will select the top 5 ideas for discussion from these categories:

1.            ‘Big Picture’ aspirations, ideas, directions and priorities.

2.            Immediate projects using $500,000 Victorian Government funding
 

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3 weeks ago

I would like the Indian Cultural Precinct in Dandenong to feel authentic. Ideally it should transport visitors to the streets of Delhi or Mumbai and should showcase all of the sights, sounds and colour that India is well known for. In order to attract visitors from further afield the precinct needs to offer high quality dining experiences . People want to experience real people, real food and an authentic dining experience that gives them a true insight into Indian culture. The precinct needs to have a vibrancy and a unique offering that will have people returning for more. With Greater Dandenong'...

2 days ago

After attending the recent consultation organised by the Council, I felt that there has been little or nothing done since its automatic inception as a precinct in the 90's this became one due to there being a cluster of Indian Stores on the same street, the matter was then raised in 2006 where there was consultation with the traders as it was found the most convenient and ready spot to be given a recognizable brand, which then was given the name 'Little India' in early 2007.

The hard work of the Council representative here has not to be forgotten, they are working hard to utilize and ...

3 weeks ago

For the short term tangible ideas it would be great to use the funding to assist traders in organising a large event in the precinct. The culture has so many colourful events and festivals that could be used as an anchor to the Indian precinct.

2 weeks ago

It would be nice to see a large scale public festival or celebration that was promoted outside of the Indian community. Getting the wider community involved in these events would encourage more people to see what is actually on offer in the precinct and encourage them to return on a regular day.

2 weeks ago

I think there needs to be continuing presence of Indian community in the precinct for it to become vibrant. This could happen with several small scale but frequent events, and a few large-scale occasional events. Small events could be based around the number of festivals celebrated by diverse ethnic groups from India. It is necessary that it does not become monotonous with the same groups and similar events every now and then.

some makeshift sets/ pop-ups of streets, spaces, and places that can be broadly identified as portraying image of India could also help. Replicas of some iconic structur...

2 weeks ago

The precinct should be a big open area where various festivals can be celebrated. Holi and Diwali are two Major Indian festival and Ganesh chaturthi, navratri, Durga Pooja are various other festivals which are usually celebrated at Large scale in India. Thetect of precinct Should reflect the cultural diversity of India. Various sculptures and painting from different states of India can be used. For eg Madhubani painting from Bihar. Marble statues from Rajasthan etc. There should be arrangements for stalls where vendor sale things, like they are doing in Indian Fair. No Indian festival is complete wit...

2 weeks ago

The precinct must be colourful, vibrant and attractive so that all people experience a well-designed precinct. At the moment the ‘Places Victoria’ temporary fencing on two sites blights the precinct. Those fences should be moved and replaced with a pop-up open space where people could meet up and gather.

A good precinct should not just rely on its commercial offering to sustain interest in the area. The streetscape should incorporate additional street furniture to allow people to congregate and enjoy the precinct without necessarily engaging in commerce.

The area is also devoided of life ...

5 days ago

I fully support an Indian Cultural Precinct in Dandenong. Indians assimilate well into Australian society, and their vibrant cultural traditions add meaning, colour, and liveliness to our society. I would like to see authentic Indian statues and artifacts displayed in the Precinct; these can be brought in from India, or, made in Australia by Indian artisans. It would be lovely to have traditional Indian dancing, like Bharatnatyam, featured at the Walker Street Art Gallery. I noticed that there will be two Indian films shown at the Drum Theatre soon, which is a positive cultural offering in Danden...

4 days ago

• Arched Gateways on Foster street to make the precinct visible from a distance.
• Parking meters to be removed if possible (similar to Springvale)
• Right Turn from Lonsdale Street to access Little India or have conspicuous
signage on Lonsdale street indicating turns & U turns.
• A play area for the Kids
• Task Force members (6-10) put forth written proposals for the development of
Little India & as to how this Grant by the State Government should be utilized.
• Some assurance from Places Victoria about the future demolition of the Little
India sho...

4 days ago

• Arched Gateways on Foster street to make the precinct visible from a distance.
• Parking meters to be removed if possible (similar to Springvale)
• Right Turn from Lonsdale Street to access Little India or have conspicuous
signage on Lonsdale street indicating turns & U turns.
• A play area for the Kids
• Task Force members (6-10) put forth written proposals for the development of
Little India & as to how this Grant by the State Government should be utilized.
• Some assurance from Places Victoria about the future demolition of the Little
India shops...

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