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11
Nov
2014

Re-elected Napthine Government pledges $500,000 for Jewish Holocaust Centre redevelopment

• A re-elected Napthine Government will commit $500,000 to assist the redevelopment of the Jewish Holocaust Centre.
• The Centre educates children and visitors from around Victoria on the history of the Jewish culture and the Holocaust, preserving the memory of those who tragically perished.
• The redevelopment will include new classrooms, a display for middle-school students, an upgraded main auditorium, commemorative and contemplative spaces, and additional facilities for temporary exhibitions, volunteers, archives and multimedia.

Member for Caulfield, David Southwick MP today announced that a re-elected Napthine government will commit $500,000 to redevelop the Jewish Holocaust Centre.

The world-renowned Jewish Holocaust Centre was established in 1984 as a small grassroots initiative by a group of Holocaust survivors. It encompasses a museum, research centre, educational institution and a memorial place.

“The Jewish Holocaust Centre is a special place of memories and learning. Its programs and exhibitions are a tribute to the survivors and volunteers who have contributed to its development,” Mr Southwick said.

The Jewish Holocaust Centre still has over 30 Holocaust survivors who actively volunteer in programs.

Over the past five years, the Centre has experienced a significant increase in student visitation. 20,000 students from over 750 schools across Victoria now visit annually. Projections indicate a 20-25% increase in numbers over the next five years if capacity of the existing facilities can be increased.

“I have had the opportunity to host a number of groups and many of my Parliamentary colleagues at the Centre to visit and learn first-hand from the moving stories of Holocaust survivors,” Mr Southwick said.

“The Napthine Government understands that it is essential that we provide support to the Jewish Holocaust Centre to ensure more people are able to experience the lessons learnt from such a tragic time.”

In addition to this announcement, Minister for Multicultural Affairs Matthew Guy MP announced a $1 million fund to strengthen Victoria’s social cohesion for which Jewish day schools, synagogues and community organisations can apply. Grants from this fund will be given to projects which promote social cohesion by encouraging greater participation, understanding and acceptance of diversity, and to minimize the impact of current international, national and local events in Victoria.

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