Funding Announcement Sunday 3/2/2013


Mordialloc MP Lorraine Wreford announced a $600,000 grant for the Hoa  Nghiem Buddhist Temple in Springvale South at their New Year festivities  on Sunday.

Sister Thich Phuoc Uyen, Mordialloc MP Lorraine Wreford, and Venerable Thich Thien Tam Abbot of Hoa Nghiem Temple
Sister Thich Phuoc Uyen, Mordialloc MP Lorraine Wreford, and Venerable Thich Thien Tam Abbot of Hoa Nghiem Temple

Ms Wreford said the grant was provided to assist the Buddhist  congregation to build a community centre adjacent to their Springvale  Road Temple.

Ms Wreford said “I am pleased to announce today that the State  Government is providing $600,000 to assist with the construction of a  community hall, cultural centre and commercial kitchen.”

“This temple is a very important part of life for the local Vietnamese  Buddhist community. It is a strong, vibrant and growing community in  need of additional facilities, and I am pleased that we are helping that  happen.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras  said the grant was awarded under the Cultural Precincts and Community  Infrastructure Fund established by the Victorian Coalition Government.

Mr Kotsiras said “This funding will help community organisations upgrade  existing buildings or construct new community facilities.

“The grants will enhance the vibrancy of community facilities and areas of cultural significance.

“Not only do they promote greater use of Victoria’s existing  multicultural community buildings, but they also ensure that Victoria’s  fastest-growing communities can access facilities that support their  cultural needs.”

Mr Kotsiras said the projects would support Victoria’s increasingly  multicultural society by providing well-planned, well-designed and  well-built facilities to meet high levels of demand and need.

Including this year’s grants round, more than $10 million has been awarded through the fund since 2010.

Lorraine with Venerable Thich Thien Tam Abbot of Hoa Nghiem Temple at the celebrations
Lorraine with Venerable Thich Thien Tam Abbot of Hoa Nghiem Temple at the celebrations

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