Hon John Castrilli MLA

Hon John Castrilli MLA

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

    Government supports multicultural programs

    10/10/2012 12:00 AM
    • Six diverse community projects receive grants
    • Regional and metropolitan community organisations funded
    Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister John Castrilli today announced the latest round of community projects to receive State Government funding through the Community Grants Program (CGP).

    Mr Castrilli said the funding allowed community groups to contribute to Western Australian society and share and celebrate WA’s cultural diversity.

    “In particular, the program strengthens the capacity of community groups to address issues recipients have identified in their communities,” he said.

    The successful groups receiving grants include:
    • The Kuku South Sudanese Community of WA: $13,339 towards a drug and alcohol prevention program for youth in the community. The project has been initiated by the Kuku community leaders to provide life-skills and a positive response to emerging issues
    • The Temple of Fine Arts: $5,000 towards the Swan Festival of Lights 2012, a four-day multicultural cultural celebration in Supreme Court Gardens during November. The event attracted more than 35,000 people last year and promotes the Indian festival of Deepavali (Diwali) and the benefits of cultural diversity to the State
    • The Russian Ethnic Community and Youth Development Association: $4,600 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and Russia through a multicultural festival with performers from Russia, Poland, Hungary, Chile, Argentina, France, Ukraine and Australia
    The Minister said the Government was extremely proud to provide assistance for these very worthwhile projects.
    “I offer my congratulations to all recipients of this round of the Community Grants Program,” he said.
    Fact File
    • CGP grants awarded 3 times each year; administered by Office of Multicultural Interests
    • List of successful recipients, guidelines and application forms available at http://www.omi.wa.gov.au or phone 655 1500
    Minister's office - 6552 6600