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Revitalising Cultural Precincts in Victoria - enriching our urban and cultural fabrics
Art Studies and Architectural Journal (ASAJ), Volume 2, Jun 2017

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Revitalising Cultural Precincts in Victoria - enriching our urban and cultural fabrics Abstract: Cultural precincts make an immeasurable contribution to maintaining the rich fabric of Melbournes diverse multicultural communities. They create a focal point for community histories to be recorded, traditions preserved and celebration of language and culture. Using the example of the Cultural Precincts Enhancement Fund, Mr Lekakis will explore the approach Victoria has taken in the enhancement of three of Melbournes most significant precincts - the Italian Lygon Street, the Greek Lonsdale Street and the Chinese Little Bourke Street precincts. this paper will explore the strategies developed to ensure these three cultural precincts are developed to retain their significance in the community and maintain their financial viability. A ?whole-of-life approach has been adopted in planning for the precincts redevelopment that recognises their history, culture, service to the community and their environmental characteristics so as to strengthen their sustainability and attractiveness for investment, cultural and become appealing tourist centres. Mr Lekakis will discuss the governance framework established to operate the Fund and the critical role community engagement and local government partnerships have has played since the inception of the Fund.

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