Council supports plan to build Vietnamese museum in Footscray

A PROPOSAL to establish a Vietnamese cultural and heritage museum in Footscray has received a boost after Maribyrnong Council backed the idea.

The council will now seek support from all other levels of government to make it a reality.

Councillor Nam Quach said the community had approached the council with the proposal.

He said they would now advocate to the State Government and look at a potential location.

The preferred option is a building at 67 Irving St, Footscray, which is owned by the State Government.

“This museum will be the first of its kind in Australia,” Cr Quach said.

“(It) will be great for Maribyrnong and great for Footscray. I think it will add to the spirit of embracing different cultures (of which) Footscray is a shining example,’ he said.

The Vietnamese Community in Australia — Victorian Chapter has lobbied since the 1990s for a cultural and heritage museum to tell the story of the community’s contribution to Australia.

Victorian chapter president Vivienne Nguyen said she was “absolutely grateful” the council had thrown its support behind the project.

“It’s great they’re supporting these plans but it’s a bit premature at this stage as we are currently undertaking a feasibility study into it,” she said.

She said she wanted all the due processes followed to ensure the best outcome for the museum.

Cr Quach said the site at Irving Street was a prime location near the heart of the Footscray Vietnamese centre, close to public transport.