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Need for a Hindu Temple in Gungahlin, Canberra

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The population in Canberra according to ACT government's report on population projections indicates that the Canberra’s population will increase to 390,100 persons in 2019 showing an increase of approximately 50,350 persons or 14.8 percent.  The report also states that the projected growth is to occur in the new development areas of Gungahlin and Molonglo representing 60 per cent of the ACT’s total population growth.

The number of Hindu practitioners in Gungahlin area has significantly increased and attracted new migrants and first home buyers.  According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the responses provided for the year 2011 shows that Hinduism as the fourth choice of the respondents in ACT, with Gungahlin having the highest density of Hindu Population. The assumption is made based on the statistics provided by ABS that about 24.7% have not provided a response for their religious affiliation. 

We as residents of Gungahlin know the inconvenience of not having access to a facility that helps us to practice and preserve our spiritual, religious and cultural heritage for us and the future generations. We are inclusive and peace loving community.

The Canberra Hindu Mandir Incorporated (CHM) is formed to be the voice of the Hindu Practitioners from all nationalities living in Gungahlin to help meet the spiritual, ritual and ceremonial needs of increasing Hindu population of the rapidly growing Gungahlin district, greater Canberra and surrounding regions. The objectives of the CHM are to:

•          promote Hinduism through Vedic chantings and worship;

•          engage in, and facilitate in following Sanatana Dharma;

•          foster inter-religious harmony;

•          engage in charitable and welfare activities as appropriate;

 The CHM put in an application to LDA on 16/5/2014 seeking 2 hectares of land to build a temple in Gungahlin.  This request was accepted, and Land Development Authority put forth a proposal earlier this year with an offer of a land near a residential area in Franklin, which is too small to build the facility.  Moreover being closer to the residential area causes inconvenience to the neighbourhood with a large number of gatherings and cars parked on the side of the road.

We are united in our needs, choices and decisions with regarding the size of the land for Gungahlin. We now have all the statues for the temple shipped and will reach Canberra on or before 25/5/2016.  Now we need the land to realise the dream.   Let us show that as residents of Gungahlin and surrounding area we would like to have 2 hectares of land that will cater for our current as well as future generational needs. This temple will complement the services of the existing temples in Canberra.  We need land away from the residential area so that no inconvenience is caused to the community and we can carry on our religious practices at ease. 

Show your support and sign this petition to make this happen.  Your voice will reach the Chief Minister through the petition and our need to have a Hindu Temple.   


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