Victoria Street Gateway

I commend the new Victoria Street Gateway. I urge members to come down to see this wonderful addition to Richmond and to enjoy the cultural delights of the precinct. Award winning company Gregory Burgess Architects designed the gateway. The firm has designed a beautiful entrance to Victoria Street at Hoddle Street which is evocative of and pays tribute to the Vietnamese migration to the area and the cultural contribution the Vietnamese migrants have made not only to the precinct but to our city more generally.

The Gillard federal government provided $500 000 for the project, and the Brumby government promised $1 million for it — a commitment subsequently supported by the incoming government, which I acknowledge — in addition to $500 000 from the City of Yarra and an extraordinary $100 000 raised by the Richmond Asian Business Association.

I look forward to the official opening and lighting of the gate tomorrow night. I acknowledge the work of Mr Vinnie Le, the president of the Richmond Asian Business Association, and of all his traders, who have done so much to achieve this wonderful addition to our streetscape. When you drive down Victoria Street at night, heading out to the east, you will see this beautifully lit-up gateway as a wonderful entrance to Victoria Street, which is a cultural destination for so many people. Congratulations to all those involved in the project.