THE Sabha organised a very successful Gayatri Mahayaj for fundraising and Building Project Launch on May 28, 2017.
The Gayatri Mahayaj was performed by close to 250 people and it was great to see support from the greater Indian community. The Mahayaj was conducted by Pt Devendra Pathik, Pta Usha Rai, Pta Ramkali Singh and Pt Laleen Jeet.
After the Gayatri Mahayaj, the building project was launched. The Chief Guest was Honourable Leeanne Enoch MP, Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy, Minister for Small Business, Member for Algester. The event was also attended by Mr. Peter Russo MP State Member for Sunnybank representing the Honourable Grace Grace MP, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Cr Charles Strunk Councillor for Forest Lake Ward, President of Federation of Indian Communities of Qld Mr Palani Tevar, President of Damini Women’s Association of Qld Mrs Lila Pratap, President of Jyoti Women’s Club Mrs Kala Kumar, President of Hindustani Language School Mr Sarat Maharaj , members of Gayatri Parivaar Brisbane Chapter, members of Shri Santan Dharam Hindu Association of Qld, and members of Indian Seniors Association of Qld.
The President of APSQ Mr Jitendra Deo delivered his address of welcome and proposed project was presented. He advised that Sabha undertook this Queensland Vedic Cultural Centre project as there are limited halls available. The project has been staged for development mainly due to financial limitations. Entire project will consist of a community hall, a large very modern up-to-date multipurpose hall and a high in demand retirement village.
The first stage is to build a community hall to cater for approximately 300 people. This stage is starting very soon and fundraising has begun. Funds collected so far is $105,000 from our members and well-wishers and another $95,000 is needed to meet the target of $200,000 which is required to complete the first stage.
Second stage is a very modern multipurpose hall to cater for larger events which can accommodate approximately 800 people. The costing is expected to be in vicinity of $1.5m.
Third stage is a retirement village and it’s required for our aging members of the community. The demand for retirement living is forecast to double in the future. Current developments will not be able to keep up, and will potentially lead to a shortage, therefore, 3rd stage will be a very important part of the project. He also said that the proposed project is truly an affirmation of our true commitment to move our community forward to nation building and elevate the lives of all our people. The multipurpose hall will be able to cater for a wide variety of functions, such as Havan Yaj, Weddings, Community meetings, Seminars, Training events, Library, Receptions, Concerts, Fitness classes, Recreational activities and Art classes.
The activities planned is going to cater for all age groups hence community benefit is enhanced. The center will be utilized promote Vedic teachings, Yoga, Meditation, Hindi Language & Indian culture, different Traditions and Music.
The provision of this infrastructure provides a broader community benefit as well as it will be utilised by various organisations and individuals. Our expected use will be for at least 4000 people in the surrounding area and more than 10,000 people in greater Brisbane.
The Pacific Regional Arya Conference which is confirmed for September 2018, will be held here. The participants will benefit culturally and spiritually.
He highlighted that he is privileged to be leading such an organisation where members are very supportive and it is anticipated the community support will be encouraging as well.
Addressing the audience present he commented” finally may I say Australia is a society of people from a rich diversity of cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious backgrounds and my organization with these three building projects stands ever ready for social cohesion and harmony”.
He also emphasised that vision once materialised will benefit greater community for many years to come.
While launching the project Honourable Leeanne Enoch MP, Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy, Minister for Small Business, Member for Algester congratulated the Sabha for taking a big step forward for building infrastructure which will benefit greater community.
Mr. Peter Russo MP State Member for Sunnybank, also addressed audience of approximately 280-300 people and congratulated the Sabha and thanked all members and well -wishers for being part of the historic project.
Lunch and refreshments were provided after the project Launch.