Cultural Hub

Adelaide Sri Lanka Cultural Hub Project

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.

Community Organisations

  • Sri Lanka Consulate for South Australia
  • Australia Sri Lanka Association (ASLA)
  • ASBV-Youth Group
  • Adelaide Sri Lankan Students Association (ASLSA)
  • Sri Lanka Association of South Australia (SLASA)
  • Adelaide Sri Lankan Catholic Group
  • Sri Lanka Muslim Association of Adelaide
  • Sihala Kala Rangayathanaya, Adelaide
  • South Australian Sri Lankan Doctors Association
  • Sri Lanka Cricket South Australia Inc.

Project Team

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.

Project Team

  • Dr Rasika Jayasekara – Project Leader
  • Dr Najith Amarasena – Project Secretary
  • Mr Chandra Herath – Project Accountant
  • Mr Sumith Priyantha
  • Dr Sujith Hattotuwa
  • Dr Shantha Sooriyabandara
  • Dr Sarath Senadeera


  • Mr Ari Mudugamuwa – Civil Projects Engineer
  • Mr Jagath Pathirana – Principal Civil Engineer
  • Mr Thaminda Wickramaarachchi – Certified Cost Consultant
  • Dr Rameez Rameezdeen – Chartered Quantity Surveyor
  • Mr Ruwan Perera – Project Manager

Principal Architect

  • Mr. Piyal illeperuma – Chartered Architect


  1.  ASCH shall be open from 8.00 am to 10.00 pm (operational hours) on all days.

  2.  ASCH shall be used during the operational hours provided that:
    i) ASCH is available and not being used by the ASBV
    ii) Purpose of the use should be non-religious and restricted to committee meetings, community gatherings and cultural activities
    iii) The user shall make a request to the Secretary, ASBV at least one month prior to the use
    iv) The Secretary, ASBV shall check the availability and send the application form to the user
    v) The applicant shall pay the donation, attach with the completed application form and return to the Secretary, ASBV
    vi) The Secretary, ASBV shall book the hall and send the approval in writing to the user

  3. ASBV management committee has the sole authority in the management of the ASCH and in the event of any dispute in relation to the approval of application, the decision of the ASBV management committee shall be final.

  4. The users of the ASCH and their visitors should leave the carpark before 10 pm in a quiet manner to minimise the disturbances to the neighbours.

  5. Maximum capacity of the congregation shall not exceed 200 persons.

  6. The user must:
    i) ensure that proper care taken of the facilities of the ASCH and the building is kept secure during the time of use
    ii) ensure that the neighbours, monks and other users of the ASBV premises including the place of worship buildings are not disturbed while using the ASCH.
    iii) be aware that smoking and consuming alcohol are strictly prohibited anywhere in the premises
    iv) ensure that all food brought in to the premises is vegetarian
    v) ensure that the facilities are left in the condition that they were in at the commencement of the use, including by:
    a) returning any furniture and equipment moved during the use of the facilities to the position they were in prior to the use
    b) making certain that the facilities are left clean and tidy
    c) removing all garbage piled up during the use
    vi) switch off the power, lights and air conditioner before leaving
    vii) ensure that all external doors and windows locked before leaving
    viii) be aware that loss of the issued key/s will incur replacement and re-keying costs to the user
    ix) promptly repair any damage caused to the facilities or other property as a result or in any way connected with use of the facilities by the user, at user’s expense

  7. Car parks
    i) Shall be used as sign posted in designated areas. If there are no car parks available on site, parking on the James Street and Shurdington road is not allowed and the Park-n-ride below the temple at the roundabout should be used.
    ii) Parking spaces accessed via Mount Street shall only be used by the ASBV management committee members.
    iii) Parking shall not obstruct the driveways of neighbours or other uses/vehicles

  8. Toilet facilities located in the place of worship building shall be utilized by users as sign posted ensuring that
    i) due respect is observed when entering the place of worship building by removing footwear including shoes, slippers and thongs and head-wear including caps and hats and keeping silence
    ii) monks, devotees and other users of the place of worship building are not disturbed
    iii) no other facilities except the toilets in the place of worship building are used
    iv) lights in the toilets are switched off and the facilities are left clean and tidy after use
    If the above booking is approved, I hereby understand and agree to comply in all respects with these Conditions of Hire.

Application for the use of Adelaide Sri Lanka Cultural Hub (ASCH)


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