Hub for information on employment, domestic violence and senior-citizen matters
The Council of Indian Australians Inc. (CIA), announced the launch of the much needed Indian Support Centre on March 14 at a function attended by more than 100 people comprising of heads of various Indian linguistic, cultural and temple Associations. The Hon. Victor Dominello, Minister for Citizenship and Communities, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister for Veterans Affairs, and Assistant Minister for Education formally launched the Indian Support Centre. Speaking at the launch, he spoke passionately about India, its economic growth, its present leadership under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and how both Australia – in particular the State of New South Wales – and India stand to benefit by closely working together in a spirit of partnership.
Mr Andrew Rohan, Member for Smithfield and Liberal candidate for Prospect also congratulated the CIA on the launch and stated that the centre would provide the Indian Australian community with information on employment, domestic violence, senior-citizen related matters and general news. The Centre will also provide networking opportunities and act as a platform for the community to voice issues that affect them. Mr Rohan made a formal announcement of a special one-off
grant of A$18,700 from the NSW Government, which will be used for the setting up of the Support Centre in the Prospect region.
Mr Subba Rao Varigonda, Public Officer of the CIA said, “This long cherished dream is now becoming a reality”. He further said that for the past few months he and Mr Tony Colaco, Public Relations Officer of the CIA worked relentlessly with Mr Rohan and the current Government in achieving its goal. Mr Varigonda went on to say that plans are afoot and the Council is currently in discussions with real estate agents in the region, to identify a place to start the Centre.
Mr Praful Desai, President of the CIA thanked the Government, community leaders and guests for supporting the CIA in the establishment of the Centre. Earlier Mr Kartik Mohandas, Master of Ceremonies briefly narrated the achievements of the CIA since its inception in 2010. The function also observed a minute’s silence while remembering the tragic demise of Ms Prabha Arun Kumar, in Parramatta Park in a murder incident.