Friday, April 16, 2021

A ‘Little India’ in Harris Park

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The City of Parramatta Council is currently consulting with the community on a proposal about rebranding Harris Park as ‘Little India’.

Many already consider the multicultural hub the go-to suburb for all things Indian. This is where the city’s Indian community heads for its authentic Indian groceries, Indian dining and Indian fashion. Wigram, Marion and Station Streets in Harris Park host dozens of Indian eateries and shops that resemble those back in India and cater to the needs of the community here.

The Little India Australia community on Facebook has proposed an action plan that will promote ‘Little India’ as a tourist attraction, celebrating vibrant Indian culture and festivals while also developing the existing business network.

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The ‘Little India’ project’s strategic plan for 2021-2023. Source: supplied

The move follows the promotion of other districts in the city as cultural precincts of Chinese, Italian or Vietnamese heritage. Such demarcation has advantages for visitors promising attractive and unique experiences, while also balancing the needs of the local community at the same time.

Melbourne has such a district in Dandenong. Centred around Foster St, it is promoted as the city’s “longest-standing and most authentic cluster of Indian and subcontinental culture and commerce.” Wyndham and Tarneit are other districts in Melbourne for which Little India precincts have been considered.

London, Toronto, Singapore, Hong Kong are some of the world cities that have well-established ‘Little India’ districts.

In Sydney, the mainstream media has already taken to calling Harris Park’s commercial centre ‘Little India’.

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‘Little India’Project poster by City of Parramatta Council. Source: supplied.

The City of Parramatta’s ‘Little India’ project page and survey are now live and ready for the broader community to view and provide feedback. The official engagement period closes on Monday 22 March at 4 pm.

Many have already provided their support and opinions on the matter.

Visit https://participate.cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au/little-india and complete the short survey.

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  1. It is good that we are considering to have a name ‘Little India’ or ‘India Town’. Practically every major cities in the world has ‘China Town’ but hardly few cities have ‘Little India’ while our population is almost the same.
    Main reason is that we are not united. Even after leaving the home country for better life and prospects, we are divided by caste, colour, language and of course religion. Why don’t we leave those things and come up with open mind and call our selves ‘Indian’ only. People are arguing for (if not for relegion) language and caste. Leave a side having ‘Little India’ people are arguing and fighting for even the temples. Maharashtrians want their temple while Bengalis want their own. Gujaratis consider their own way while Jharkhand people says some thing else. Punjabis do not want Haryanwis.
    In the last 35 years since I am in this country I have felt that the division is widening now (instead of shortening).
    We as Indian should be proud of every Indian who prosper while this do not happen. Don’t forget if we join hands and forget those divisions we can be the biggest power in the world.
    Forget which caste you are, forget what language you speak, forget what God you worship, stand up as Indian only and see what we can do here in Australia.


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