Vietnamese cultural and heritage centre – in principle support

Published on 04 July 2018

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Maribyrnong City Council will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Vietnamese Community Australia – Victoria Chapter (VCA) to give in principle support for the development of a Vietnamese cultural and heritage centre in Footscray. Council will consider a long term ground lease arrangement on the property at the rear of 220 Barkly St Footscray.

The decision was passed at the Ordinary Council Meeting Tuesday 26 June, following Council’s decision in 2016 to strongly support the development.

Maribyrnong Mayor Cr Cuc Lam noted that there was already a strong Vietnamese cultural presence in the City of Maribyrnong.

“Our City is already culturally significant to many Vietnamese Australians with about ten per cent of the population born in Vietnam,” she said.

“We have the Little Saigon market precinct with the magnificent Welcome Arch, the Quang Minh Temple and our restaurant scene in Footscray is well known for its authentic Vietnamese cuisine.

“Council’s Memorandum of Understanding regarding the Vietnamese cultural and heritage centre will allow us to undertake due diligence in respect to the proposed site for the centre in Footscray.”

Next steps will include verification of VCA’s funding sources to complete the construction of the centre, Council approved detailed centre designs and the VCA will provide a business case the outlines the capital and ongoing operational costs and revenue sources for the centre to Council’s satisfaction.