Sri Lanka Dhamma Vihara Association of Canberra (SLDVAC) Inc.

No.379 Gunghalin Drive, Gunghalin, ACT 2912 Phone: (02) 6166 2604

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A message from the President of Canberra Buddhist Vihara & Meditation Centre

Our land application for the Temple is approved!!

Dear Patron,

We are pleased to inform you that our application for a parcel of land (1726 m2) in Ngunnawal, Section 134, Block 78, under the Direct Sales provision, is finally approved by the Cabinet. At last, all the hard work by everyone over the last five and half years is paid off. The Economic Development Directorate will now conduct the formal public consultation process seeking comments on the proposed development.

We have already conducted an informal round of public consultation over the last three months with extremely positive comments by our intended neighbours and the ACT Government agencies such as ACTPLA, TAMS and ACTEWAGL on the proposed building complex, and rather unique service delivery model.

In summary, it is hard to describe in words the satisfaction and elation that we feel at this special juncture. We invite you to join us in sharing the merit and contentment. We thank you for the continued support and patience.

Should you require further information in this regard, please don't hesitate to contact me on my mobile 0448 661 880 or email address aattygelle@bigpond.com.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely.

Amith Attygalle
President/Project Manager
Canberra Buddhist Vihara & Meditation Centre
Date: 20 July 2013

A message from the President of Canberra Buddhist Vihara & Meditation Centre

Building of the Dhamma Vihara Temple / Monastery in Canberra is On Track!!

We are pleased to inform you that we submitted the Direct Sale of Land Eligibility Application on 30" Oct 2012 The Economic Development Directorate (EDD) was quite impressed with a rather comprehensive application (-750 pages), and agreed to table it before the Board in the first week of Dec 2012. It will then undergo a laborious process of evaluations and endorsements over a period of time. We will be informed in writing of the Government's decision, on average this takes between 6 to 9 months.

If our eligibility for direct sale of a lease is supported by the Board, we will be required to pay the scheduled fee to formalise our application EDD will then begin the process of confirming a suitable site, undertake due diligence assessment of our financial capacity and any other studies relevant In our case. the Government has already earmarked a site for us in Ngunnawal (Section 134, Block 78).

We are proposing to set up two permanent dwellings as a part of Phase 1, and be completed within 12 months from the date of signing of the land lease This includes the main shrine monk's accommodation, office, kitchenette, store and public toilets. We are also establishing an outdoor meditation area, car park, community garden, fencing and landscaping as a part of Phase 1. We are proposing to expand the complex in two subsequent phases - Phase 2 and 3. to meet the anticipated demand for services in the future. All 3 Phases be completed within 3 years.

We currently have a core membership of 136 families, and could cater for a Buddhist community of nearly 2500. mainly concentrated in the Gungahlin and adjoining areas. These figures are substantiated by the ACT Governments data on Territory's demography - the population in Gungahlin-Hall in 2007 was 34,950 and the projected population in 2019 is 55,450. As per the recent census, 3.54% in Gungahlin and 2.2% of the ACT population (362,003 as of Oct 2012) have selected Buddhism as their religion. Our establishment would be the only Theravada Buddhist Monastery in Canberra.

We have been working with EDD on our application since Nov 2010 Over the years, we identified and addressed potential issues in great detail. This includes review of the draft application. particularly the cost model, by both the EDD and Treasury officials. As a result. we strongly believe that we now meet the eligibility criteria without any reservation.

We have made many sacrifices over the years to get to this point, yet we have a long way to go. But the prospects are better than ever before. To make a long story short, we engaged in pursuing a vision with nothing but good intention of serving the community, and shall not rest until we achieve it. Hence, we urge you to remain confident and supportive of this worthy cause We need to continue raising funds regularly through membership fees, food fairs and other fundraising events We have now reached the point of no return.

Should you require further information in this regard, please don't hesitate to contact me on my mobile 0448 661 880 or email address aattygelle@bigpond.com.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely.

Amith Attygalle
President/Project Manager
Date: 01 Nov 2012

A request from the President / Vice President of Canberra Buddhist Vihara & Meditation Centre



Dear Patrons,

Finally, we have reached our goal of raising adequate funds to acquire the land and complete Phase 1 of construction, and ensuring continuity of funding for subsequent phases and sustainment Our recent discussions with the ACT Treasury and Economic Development Directorate (EDD) officials have clearly indicated that a phased approach to development is acceptable given our organisation is fully funded by community donations, hence we are no longer required to raise the entire $400,000.00 in the first year. Based on this advice we have now spread out the construction over 3 years As advised, we have also taken into account the voluntary labour component when preparing our cost estimates. However, the total cost of Phase 1. $250.000, should be in the Association's bank account at the time we submit our request for final approval, and Phase I be completed in 12 months from the date of approval.

During these discussions it was also pointed out to us the importance of demonstrating the continued flow of funding for subsequent phases and ongoing support of temple operations. To this effect, we have developed a cost model based on the current level of donations, membership and growth potential. These numbers are quite modest, hence the reality would be more optimistic, and the future looks brighter.

We are pleased to inform you that thanks to generous donations and pledges, we are now in a position to seek final approval on the land under the Direct Sales provision. To this effect, we are submitting the necessary documentation to the EDD on 30 Oct 2012. The Government has already identified several potential blocks in the North for us, and we have selected a 1726m2 block of land in Ngunnawal as our permanent place of worship.

With the continuing support from the ACT Government. and the unprecedented patronage of the community and well-wishers across the world the outlook for Canberra Buddhist Vihara & Meditation Centre appears very promising and encouraging. We shall continue to provide services to the ever increasing Buddhist community in the territory and beyond and conduct regular fundraising events under extremely difficult circumstances. We are committed and confident more than ever before as our membership and user community are being extended further in recent months.

We shall be much obliged if you could deposit your donation in the following account no later than 25 Oct 2012, and send us a confirmation via email enabling us to issue you a tax invoice.

Name of Bank : National Australia Bank

Account Name: Sri Lanka Dhamma Vihara Association of Canberra Incorporated

Account Number: 178721251

BSB Number: 082923

Should you wish to obtain further information in this regard please don't hesitate to contact either of the undersigned at your convenience.

May the blessings of the Triple Gem always be with you!

Amith Attygalle
President

Hudson Perera
Vice President

Canberra Buddhist Vihara & Meditation Centre

Proposed Plan of Canberra Buddhist Vihara & Meditation Centre



Canberra Buddhist Vihara & Meditation Centre Vision

  • Make it the best place for learning and teaching of Buddhism.
  • Create an environment where Buddhism could be practised:
    • 'Sila': virtue, good conduct and morality.
    • 'Samadhi': concentration, meditation and mental development.
    • 'Prajna': discernment, insight, wisdom and enlightenment.
  • Implement programmes better suited to youth and wider community - promotes unity, peace, social harmony, multiculturalism, religious tolerance and coexistence.
  • Sponsor projects focused on addressing socioeconomic issues relating to the Australian indigenous people.
  • Extend the use of land to cater for wider community needs.
  • Establish a self-administered network of Buddhist institutions across the world to help each other and undertake humanitarian projects worldwide.
  • Establish a self-administered virtual Buddhist community across the world to share the path of practice and spiritual development leading to insight into the true nature of reality.

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