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Labor Government's support to the Victorian Sikh Communities


MELBOURNE, 26 SEP. A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will support our proud Sikh communities as they celebrate the 550th birthday anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of the Sikh faith.

Labor will back local celebrations, set to be held in the second half of 2019, with a dedicated $200,000 fund, with support available to Sikh organisations across the state. The fund, administered through the Multicultural Affairs portfolio, will go towards activities and events that mark this special occasion – celebrating not only this important milestone, but also the many contributions of Sikh Victorians. Our state is home to Australia’s largest Sikh community, with more than 52,000 Sikh Victorians recorded in the 2016 Census. That's why it’s only fitting that we should also have Australia’s biggest and best celebration for the 550th birthday anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. A re-elected Labor Government will also provide $70,000 to the Victorian Sikh Gurduaras Council to make next year’s Vaisakhi celebrations in Federation Square bigger and better than ever. The commitments builds on $100,000 provided by the Andrews Labor Government towards the 32nd Annual Australian Sikh Games, to be held in Melbourne in April 2019. The Games, expected to attract more than 3000 athletes and up to 90,000 spectators, are a celebration of Sikh culture and traditional games, while also promoting health and wellbeing. As part of its Victorian Budget 2018/19, the Labor Government provided an extra $1.4 million over two years towards the Multicultural Festivals and Events program. one of the most important days in the Sikh faith.”



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