The Needs for Clubs
As the community slowly increased, there was a need for additional clubs. Currently there are six Slovenian Associations in Victoria: Slovenian Association Melbourne Inc.; Australian Slovenian Cultural & Sports Association ‘Ivan Cankar’ Geelong Inc.; Slovenian Australian Social & Sports Club ‘Jadran’ Inc., Diggers Rest; Slovenian-Australian Cultural & Sport Association ‘Planica’ Springvale Inc.; Slovenian Twincity Club ‘Snežnik’ Wodonga Inc. and the Slovenian Sport Association Inc., St. Albans. The associations were mainly built by volunteers and funded by members. They are active in promoting Slovenian culture, customs and language. The buildings include dance and function halls, sporting facilities, classrooms, youth halls and Slovenian language libraries.
Proud and enthusiastic individuals are elected to manage the associations on a voluntary basis with the trust and help of members. The establishment of these clubs allowed Slovenians to become proud of their cultural heritage and provided an avenue for freedom of expression.