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Great Stupa Makes Its Mark In Bendigo

24 March 2017

The Andrews Labor Government is helping crown Bendigo’s majestic Great Stupa of Universal Compassion thanks to a $2.5 million grant.

Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford joined Member for Bendigo, West Maree Edwards and Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan in announcing the funding today while visiting the Great Stupa, cementing Bendigo’s position as an international travel destination and a place of multi-faith expression.

The impressive landmark, with its 50m² base and 50m height, is modelled on the 15th century Great Stupa of Gyantse in Tibet, and once complete, will be the largest Stupa in the western world.

Tourists have been flocking to the monument since it opened to visitors in 2012. It attracts more than 25,000 visitors annually and numbers are projected to exceed 90,000 per year within 10 years.

The Labor Government is investing in the $5 million project to complete construction of the Great Stupa and deliver essential services for visitors.

The project will be delivered in two stages which will include the completion of the outstanding structural works, including the spire and parasol, as well as the installation of water and waste utilities to support the growing visitor numbers.

Construction of Stage 1 is due to be complete in mid-2018, in time for the international festival and installation of the Jade Buddha inside the Great Stupa – a globally recognised event that will attract thousands of visitors to Bendigo.

Importantly, the Great Stupa promotes social cohesion by encouraging awareness and support of cultural diversity, in addition to the many economic benefits it brings to Bendigo as a tourist attraction.

The funding is being provided by the Labor Government’s flagship Regional Tourism and Infrastructure Fund.

Quote attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford

“Victoria’s diversity is its strength. The Andrews Labor Government is proud to play its part in bringing more people to Bendigo to experience the marvel that is the Great Stupa.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott

“The Great Stupa is a wonderful example of our state’s rich cultural heritage and these improvements will make Bendigo’s Great Stupa the largest in the western world.”

Quote attributable to member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“Bendigo has so much to offer as a tourism destination and the Great Stupa is a unique and majestic attraction, which will only draw more people here once it’s complete.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

"This funding will ensure more locals and visitors can enjoy this important part of Bendigo's cultural fabric."

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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