It was something quite unusual for the otherwise quiet Heritage Park of Selandra Rise, to witness a big gathering of members of Australian Indian community celebrating Deepavali on 13th November, 2015. The function was arranged on the auspice of proposed Selandra Rise Australian Indian Community (SRAIC).
The function was inaugurated with lighting a lamp and Lord Ganeshji’s arti. The patrons Shri Nirmal Singh Namdhari and Shri Vikram Pancholi welcomed the happy gathering of around 160. Sh. Namdhari proposed various activities that the SRAIC can take up for the welfare of the community. It was informed that celebrations of other functions like New Year, Pongal, Holi Milan and Janmashtami are on the anvil of the community.
Furthermore, for the benefit of visiting parents, provision of vernacular news papers, carom board and chess etc. will be provided in the community center hall. Sh. Pancholi emphasized upon assimilation with the diverse population while maintaining Indian cultural heritage. Other senior members of the community Sh. Kaushik Bhatt and NC Patel also graced the function and greeted the gathering. The first ever function of its kind in Selandra Rise, ended with community dinner.
With the encouraging response from the residents, it has been decided to go ahead with formal formation and registration of SRAIC. The City of Casey authorities and the local Selandra Rise Community Center officials provided all motivation and support. S/sh Ramesh Arya, Sumit Singh, Anil Bagga, Jignesh Patel, Nilesh Patel, Swapnil Bhatt and Siddhartha Pancholi volunteered during the function. SRAIC appreciated their services. A special thank was conveyed for Sh. Amarjeet Singh Bhurji, Forum Leader of Landmark, (Beriwick) for his gracious donation as a token of supporting the c