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Victorian Liberal Party releases plan to strengthen ties with Greek community

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The Victorian Liberal Party has released its plan to strengthen ties with the local Greek community if re-elected this weekend.

Plan Highlights:

  • $50 million multicultural and multifaith infrastructure fund

The Victorian Liberal Party will provide $50 million for a new multicultural and multifaith infrastructure fund. This funding will give Victoria’s multicultural and multifaith communities the certainty that funding will be available for the next four years. This will allow a broad scope of applicants to include cultural centres, museums, elderly facilities, and sporting facilities.

  • Supporting Melbourne’s Greek Orthodox Churches

A Matt Guy Liberals and Nationals Government will provide more than $9 million to supporting new and upgraded community facilities at Greek Orthodox Churches in Oakleigh, Clayton South, South Yarra, South Melbourne, Templestowe and North Balwyn.

They will also provide $100,000 to the Five Loaves charity program – an initiative of the Greek Orthodox District of Melbourne to help meet the needs of those doing it tough in our local community.

  • Multicultural Museum Grants Program

A Matt Guy Liberal and Nationals Government will commit $4 million over four years to help Victoria’s multicultural communities acquire cultural heritage objects.

This newly created fund will aim to enhance existing infrastructure symbolic of a community’s heritage and widely recognised by the broader Victorian community.

The fund will also support projects that aim to establish heritage projects that serve the needs of the ethnic-specific community and have a wider use and appeal to Victorians.

Under the Liberals and Nationals’ plan, they will also establish a new ‘culture-specific’ Museum Grants Program to support existing culture specific museums and institutions, as well as the establishment
of new ones.

  • Supporting our culturally and linguistically diverse media outlets

The Victorian Liberal Party will increase the minimum percentage of State Government department and agency advertising expenditure allocated to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) media outlets, from 5 per cent to 12 per cent in the first year, and then 10 per cent for the remainder of the term.

Each Department will have designated CALD media units to ensure the advertising allocation is exclusively within CALD media.

  • A new Multicultural Charter and an Independent Victorian Multicultural Commission

A Matt Guy Liberal and Nationals Government will introduce a new Multicultural Charter outlining the Victorian Government’s commitment to the principles which underpin Victoria’s success as a multicultural society.

They will also restore the Victorian Multicultural Commission’s independence and prevent the corrupt or improper manipulation of its grants process by Labor.

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