The funding will enable the transformation of the current building shell into a useable space, by fitting out the interior.
The multipurpose community centre will provide the Muslim community of Bendigo with a much-needed place for community activities, meetings, and social and educational events.
The space is one stage of the larger project, which will see the creation of both Bendigo's first mosque and a community centre used for wider community gatherings.
Quotes attributable to Andrew Giles:
“I’m delighted to announce the establishment of the Bendigo Islamic Community Centre, which will be an asset for the wider community.
“The team that Anthony Albanese leads understands that the Islamic community in Bendigo and across the country plays a vital role in making Australia the most successful multicultural society in the world.
“This announcement is a part of making sure that culturally and linguistically diverse Australians experience a better future.”
Quotes attributable to Lisa Chesters:
“I’m proud to announce a Labor Government will help turn the current bricks and mortar to a practical, useable space for our local Islamic community.
“We know that multicultural communities need a space to connect to enable them to contribute to our region.
“The Bendigo community has rallied behind this valued community and it’s fantastic to see that this project will finally come to life.
“The Bendigo Islamic Community Centre will be a valuable resource to our community.”