THE GREAT Stupa exhibition centre will undergo urgent repair works.
A $20,000 grant was yesterday given to the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion Inc. to upgrade the site’s exhibition, museum and seminar building.
The building sits next to the Great Stupa, which is under construction and due for completion in late 2015.
Great Stupa chairman Ian Green said the centre would become more important as more people visited the site.
“We’re probably getting about 20,000 visitors a year,” Mr Green said.
“That’s increasing all the time as more and more people are hearing about it and groups visit the site.”
Member for Northern Victoria Damian Drum said the grant was made through the Victorian Multicultural Commission Community Grants Program.
“There’s a master plan for a school, hotel, residences, so an entire community out here,” he said.
“What the potential the Stupa has to bring to this area is quite outstanding.
“It’s a tourism and cultural destination of world significance and something that very few people in Bendigo understand how significant it’s going to be. It’s a small amount of money which we think, and the multicultural commission thinks, is important.”
Mr Green said the bottom half of the Stupa would be finished by November and the doors and windows finished in May.
He said it would be 50 metres high when finished with a 50 metre by 50 metre base.
“It represents the enlightened mind and symbolises the perfection of enlightenment,” Mr Green said. “It’s something everyone in the community can come and enjoy.”