Located 30km from Melbourne's CBD, Little India, in and around Foster Street Dandenong, is Melbourne's only recognised Indian precinct.
There are approximately 30 shops in Little India featuring speciality goods from India, Pakistan, Fiji, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, servicing an Indian catchment of some 85,000 people within 20 kms.
Be dazzled by the fashion outlets with beaded saris, beautiful clothing and unique jewellery. Experience Indian culture through Bollywood films and music or be tempted by the colourful array of Punjab sweets and authentic spices.
Dandenong train station and bus interchange is right on the doorstep of Little India. There is plenty of on-street parking and a multi-level car park nearby making your shopping experience easily accessible via public transport or car.
For all things Indian come to Little India.
Victoria’s First ever Indian Cultural Precinct
In December 2015 the Hon Robin Scott Minister for Multicultural Affairs announced that Dandenong will be the home to Victoria’s first ever Indian Cultural Precinct with a second Precinct in the works for Melbourne’s west.
This announcement was supported with a funding commitment through the Victorian Budget of $500,000. The funding is being administered by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship within the framework of their Community Infrastructure and Cultural Precincts Program (CICP).
The objectives of the CICP are to:
promote greater use and access to community facilities by Victoria’s culturally diverse communities, increasing their participation in activities and enhancing access to services and
enable Victoria’s cultural precincts to remain sustainable and attractive for investment, and cultural and tourism activities.
Indian Cultural Precinct Profile
Since the 1990s Dandenong has been home to Melbourne’s Indian community, with an active and authentic Little India cultural precinct, and other Indian businesses nearby in the activity centre.
Dandenong is also in the economic and multicultural hub of south east of Melbourne, only 30kms away, and surrounded by a large regional population of people from Indian sub-continent and South Asian backgrounds.
Since the Revitalising Central Dandenong project started in 2006 the face of central Dandenong has changed enormously, with vastly improved public spaces, numerous new office buildings, Harmony Square and library. This is bringing increasing numbers of workers, students and visitors into the area. Dandenong’s Little India Cultural Precinct is located in the midst of all this, and directly next to Dandenong Railway Station where 2.6 million commuters per annum are exposed to Indian culture and commerce each day as they walk to and from the station.
Council commitment to the Little India Cultural Precinct
Council confirms its ongoing support for the retention of the Little India Cultural Precinct and is working in collaboration with key stakeholders including the Foster Street Traders Association (Little India) Dandenong Inc to enhance its sustainability.
Current initiatives include:
major involvement in Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2016
new way-finding signage (local and state road network)
updated precinct branding on shopfronts and precinct blades
streetlife program grant submissions for business mentoring and marketing strategy initiatives