The main aim of the “Adelaide Sri Lanka Cultural Hub Project” is to build a new facility enabling Sri Lankan and non-Sri Lankan multicultural communities to access social and cultural services and use it as a platform to plan, implement and manage their social and cultural programs in South Australia. This project proposed to build a community hall and accommodation for volunteers as additions to the existing building at 8 James Street & 9 Mount St, Crafers, SA 5152. The broader Sri Lankan community in South Australia consists of three key ethno-religious groups – Sinhalese (Buddhists, Christians/Catholics), Tamils (Hindus, Christians/Catholics) and Islamic Muslims. Since 1996, the ASBV has been working collaboratively with many Sri Lankan and Non- Sri Lankan culturally diverse community groups and their organisations to deliver several social and cultural services, annual events and support systems for multicultural communities in South Australia. Though all these groups live in harmony and run several not-for-profit organisations in South Australia, they have no community infrastructure in South Australia to meet, share and engage in their social and cultural activities.
The proposed new facility will be utilized to conduct counselling, meditation, community awareness related activities, multicultural music and dancing lessons as well as community meetings of the ASBV and Sri Lankan and non-Sri Lankan local not- for- profit multicultural organisations during 8 am to 10 pm all days.
Overall this project will provide ample opportunities for Sri Lankan community to positively interact with other non-Sri Lankan multicultural communities in SA in a mutually cooperative and rewarding manner enabling them to foster cross-cultural relationships in particular and to promote multiculturalism in South Australia in general.
This project was initiated in 2010 as a result of wider community consultation meetings. The project team has relentlessly worked for the last 5 years and purchased a new property in August 2015. A comprehensive project plan was developed after several consultations with the wider community and internal and external experts/consultants.