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Victorians will be given more opportunity to gather as a community with extra funding to construct and restore community halls, centres and precincts.

Over 30 culturally diverse groups across Victoria are set to receive $4.22 million to support places where they can celebrate, congregate and take part in activities that boost engagement with the wider Victorian community.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott on May 3 announced the Community Infrastructure and Cultural Precincts (CICP) program, which aims to promote greater use of community facilities by multicultural groups, an official press release said.

The funding will go towards either building new facilities or restoring existing infrastructure.

The Andrews Labor Government is working to ensure an inclusive society in which every Victorian is able to contribute and belong.

Projects to be funded include:

* a new youth-focused centre in Cranbourne for the Cook Island community

* St Paul’s Cathedral in Bendigo to be repaired and restored

* Jewish Holocaust Centre redevelopment in Caulfield

* main building and hall facilities to be restored at the Polish Club in Albion

* improving aged and disability access to the Hellenic Museum in the CBD.

All CICP projects will help increase access to functional facilities to the broader Victorian community that enable them to better utilise services and participate in activities.

Scott said, “We have a vibrant multicultural society that has an enduring impact on the character and infrastructure of this state – and this funding will help make sure that continues. Diverse communities make a huge contribution to our state and society, but it is important they can stay connected to their cultural roots. By working together with local communities, we can build a Victoria where everyone belongs, feels accepted and contributes.”

(TIW)

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