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Carlo Carli on the future for the Italian community in Victoria

Carlo Carli and Mara Moustafine.



Date Added:

21 April 2009


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The Italian community in Victoria is Ė obviously the largest in Australia, itís also got a large proportion in country Victoria and itís going through a fairly interesting period because, youíve got Ėa community thatís invested enormously in bricks and mortar, I mean, there are any number of Italian clubs in the area and institutionally theyíve done very well. The question is: what survives in the future? And thereís a bit of a period now of people trying to work that out,: can the community really sustain so many little clubs of often town-based whatís a welfare organisation do in the future? Whatís the role of an historical society?
There is a bit of work happening with the State Government and Iím actually chairing a committee thatís got a few million dollars to spend on Lygon Street and a lot of thatís about trying do a precinct study but part of thatís about trying to look at what we can preserve in terms of the history or how we can narrate it. How do we narrate it in the built environment? How do we use buildings and that to highlight that history? And I suppose whatís interesting about Lygon Street, goes Ė is itís the intersection point between the universities, RMIT in Melbourne, Trades Hall and trade union activity and the Italian community and previous to that, obviously the Jewish community.
And I think thatís a really interesting exercise of trying to in a certain sense, narrate the history for future generations. But I think the Italian community has to do some fairly serious thinking and decisions about,Ė almost a triage, whatís there to be preserved or protected or where do you put the emphasis and I donít think the community has done a lot of that because I think theyíd be more interested in building clubs and buildings and their obsession has been bricks and mortar.
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