Hon John Castrilli MLA

Hon John Castrilli MLA

Former Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    Minister urges participation in Harmony Week

    14/03/2012 12:00 AM
    • Cultural diversity is one of WA’s greatest strengths
    • New migrants create many long-term benefits for our State
    Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister John Castrilli is encouraging West Australians to celebrate Harmony Week 2012.

    Mr Castrilli said Harmony Week was an opportunity to highlight the many benefits that culturally and linguistically diverse communities bring to Western Australia.

    “Diversity is one of our greatest strengths as a State and as a participant in an increasingly competitive international market place,” he said.

    “New migrants create long-term benefits for WA. They boost Australia's workforce skills, make substantial contributions to our economy and, as entrepreneurs, play a vital role in enhancing trade and investment.

    “The evidence is clear that investing in our diversity is investing in our future. Harmony Week is an ideal time to celebrate WA’s vibrant multicultural communities and to show support for their contributions to the development of this State.”

    Events during Harmony Week 2012 include:

    • Brownlie Harmony Day, Saturday March 17, at Hedley Park, Bentley
    • Celebrate Nations in the Midwest Geraldton-Harmony Dinner, Saturday March 17,  Queen Elizabeth II Seniors and Community Centre, Geraldton; and Harmony Day Celebrations, Sunday March 18, Stow Gardens, Geraldton Foreshore
    • Oz Concert-Celebrating Harmony 2012, Sunday March 18, Government House Gardens, St Georges Terrace, Perth
    • In Harmony-Music, Movie, Food, Sunday March 18, Cultural Centre, Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River
    • Multicultural Festival WA, Sunday March 18, Ozone Park, Perth Esplanade
    • Mirrabooka Celebrating Harmony Week, Friday March 23, Mirrabooka Town Square, Mirrabooka
          Fact File
    • Harmony Week from March 15 to 21, 2012
    • For a full list of Harmony Week events; kit; and posters visit http://www.omi.wa.gov.au or phone (08) 6552 1603
    Minister's office - 6552 6600