Victoria premier announces A$1m for Blackburn gurdwara refurbishment

Victoria's Sikh community has been the focus of many funding announcements from both Labor and Liberal parties, in the lead up to the November 24 state elections. The latest announcement comes from Premier Daniel Andrews, who told SBS Punjabi that a permanent landmark in the name of Guru Nanak (the founder of the Sikh religion) must be inaugurated next year to mark his 550th birth anniversary, reports SBS Punjabi

Victoria premier Daniel Andrews, smarting a headscarf, posing with a Sikh during his visit to the Blackburn gurdwara on 11 Nov 2018 – Photo: Facebook user
By Manpreet K Singh | SBS PUNJABI |

Spearheading Labor’s campaign for the November 24 elections, Premier Daniel Andrews was at the Blackburn Gurudwara (Sikh temple) over the weekend, where he announced funding of A$1 million for the refurbishment project being undertaken at the premises.

Victoria is home to the biggest Sikh community in Australia. According to the 2016 census, Sikhism is now the fifth largest religion in the nation. With 126,000 followers, 53,000 Sikhs reside in Victoria and both major political parties have been out to woo the community.

The Premier said, “I understand the importance of religious and cultural observances, and the significance of passing on the heritage to our children.”

To that effect, he made a significant announcement about next year’s landmark celebration of Guru Nanak’s birthday.

“We would allocate $200,000 so that in the city, in the heart of Melbourne, we could have the biggest Guru Nanak 550th birthday celebration, outside of India. And I think that is appropriate. It is a special and unique way that we can thank the Sikh community by honouring your founder on that special occasion,” said Mr Andrews.

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Census reveals meteoric rise of Sikhism in Australia – SBS (Asia Samachar, 27 June 2017)


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