- Posted by Author: Joel Preston in Category: Media Releases | 2 min read

A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will deliver better spaces for multicultural and multifaith communities in Victoria with a new fund to upgrade, renovate and build community facilities.

Victorians come from more than 200 countries, speak 260 languages and follow 135 different faiths. Nearly half of all Victorians were born overseas, or have a parent who was born overseas.

It doesn’t matter where you’re from, what you look like, what you believe or what language you speak – in Victoria, we’re proud of our cultural diversity.

For many Victorians from multicultural and multifaith backgrounds, community groups offer important connections to their culture and heritage.

These groups deserve the best possible community spaces to celebrate and share their culture and traditions.

That’s why a re-elected Labor Government will deliver a $50 million investment to build, upgrade and renovate new community infrastructure for multicultural and multifaith communities.

Under the program we will invest $250,000 towards delivering upgrades for the Hoa Nghiem Buddhist Temple for Victoria’s Vietnamese community in Melbourne’s south east.

Labor is backing Victoria’s multicultural communities – not just with words, but with action.

Matthew Guy’s Liberals only care about multicultural communities in an election year – you can’t trust them to stand with multicultural and multifaith communities in the face of rising extremism and racism.

Only Labor will support our many diverse communities and promote a vibrant multicultural society – because only Labor will do what matters.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“Every community deserves great spaces to come together to celebrate and share in faith, culture and tradition. Our Vietnamese community is no different and this investment will make sure Vietnamese Buddhists remain strong and connected.”

“Labor is doing what matters – supporting our multicultural and multifaith communities and celebrating diversity in our state.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence

“Only Labor is doing what matters. We have a proud record of supporting multicultural and multifaith communities – and a plan to keep backing them well into the future.”

Quote attributable to Labor Member for Clarinda Meng Heang Tak

Only Labor will deliver for Victoria’s Vietnamese community in Clarinda – this investment reinforces our support for our vibrant multicultural and multifaith community in the south east.”

Quote attributable to Labor Member for South Eastern Metropolitan Tien Kieu

“I’m proud to be part of a Vietnamese community that is strong, proud and has made an enormous contribution to our state – only Labor will deliver for our community, each and every day.”