The Nathdwara Education and Cultural Centre at 3-5 Princes Domain Drive, Hallam has recently finished renovation, restoration and extension work. The Centre has a Community Hall / Shrinathji Haveli, over 100-year-old garden with heritage listed trees and a car park with 35 car spaces. The work was possible with the help of a grant provided by the Victorian Government.
The inauguration of the newly renovated premises was held recently and officiated by Inga Peulich (Member of Legislative Council and Cabinet Secretary, Victorian Parliament), M C Bhagat (Vice Consul, Consulate General of India) and Geoff Ablett (Mayor, City of Casey).
The Centre is expected to conduct activities like hosting Shrinathji Haveli, running Bal Pushti Education centre, opening a Gujarati Library and celebrating Indian festivals with tradition. All activities are organised by volunteers from Indian / Gujarati community in Melbourne.
During the inaugural event, the Bal Pushti kids presented three dance performances and sang Manglacharan and a devotional song in English titled Krishna My Love to mark Janmashtami, the birth of Lord Krishna.
Also present at the opening were Damian Rosario (Chairman of Planning Committee and Councillor, City of Casey), Vasan Srinivasan (President, Federation of Indian Association of Victoria), Raghu Pendyala (President Hindu Society of Victoria, Carrum Downs), Bharat Shah (President of Gujarati Association of Victoria) and Moti Visa (Justice of Peace and community leader).
Speakers offered their congratulations to the volunteers and organisers for their ongoing efforts in ensuring that the project is completed successfully and wished them all the best for the future.