Plea for carpark for Springvale South temples

by Nicole Precel, Dandenon-Leader, Apr 18, 2011

Melbourne, Australia -- TWO BUDDHIST groups are calling for the council to build a carpark near their Springvale South temples.

<< Venerable Thich Thien Tam, the president of the Vietnamese Buddhist Association near the proposed car park. VALERIU CAMPAN

Venerable Thich Thien Tam, from The United Vietnamese Buddhist Congregation Of South Eastern Melbourne, said the temples needed a carpark.

Mr Thich said neighbouring Spring Valley Park overflowed with cars during festivals and special occasions at the temple.

“We very much need a carpark for the Vietnamese community and Cambodian community to come and park at Spring Valley Park,” Mr Thich said.

Temple volunteer Tina Nguyen said they welcomed community members from thoughout Melbourne during big events.

“The need for a secure public carpark is always a difficult hurdle for all of the event organisers,” Ms Nguyen said.

Greater Dandenong CEO John Bennie said a proposal had been put to council to consider an indented section of Spring Valley Park to meet the needs of visitors to the Vietnamese Buddhist Temple and the Cambodian Buddhist Temple.

Mr Bennie said public consultation was needed to determine whether the section of the park between the two temples could become a carpark.

He said the proposal was for about 80 car spaces.