Hon Mike Nahan BEc MS PhD MLA

Hon Mike Nahan BEc MS PhD MLA

Former Treasurer; Minister for Energy; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    Community groups build WA’s multiculturalism

    24/06/2016 9:30 AM
    • Nine community organisations awarded grants to develop cultural diversity 

    Western Australia's cultural diversity will be supported and developed thanks to new funding awarded today by the Liberal National Government to nine community organisations.


    Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said the valued organisations, including the Hellenic Community of WA, the Hindi Samaj of WA, and the Curtin Student Guild International Student Committee, would share in grants totalling $110,000.


    Dr Nahan said the Community Grants Program (CGP) would support a number of cultural activities that attracted thousands of people and offered exciting opportunities for the wider community to learn about and experience other cultures.


    "Cultural activities, such as the Glendi Greek Festival, the Australia-Japan Society of WA's 2016 Perth Kodomo Festival and the WA French Festival's Bonjour Perth, are now a fixture on WA's events calendar," the Minister said.


    "These events allow the whole community to come together to experience the diverse traditions and heritages of our State.


    "This year, we have also focused on projects that aim to engage cultural and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities, such as collaborations with Public Libraries WA and Alzheimer's WA to improve access to resources, facilities and services, and encourage participation and volunteering.


    "Among the small projects to be supported includes My Story, My Home, a partnership between the World Press Photo Perth Inc., the City of Belmont, Edith Cowan University and the Australian Islamic College Kewdale campus, which aims to share the diverse stories of young Muslims with the community to build awareness, understanding and acceptance; and Clubs WA's My Club, My Community project, which will work to encourage CaLD community members to join their local club as a member or volunteer.


    "The August 2016 round of the CGP opens on Monday, July 4 and I encourage other community organisations to apply for funding."


    The grants are administered via the Office of Multicultural Interests' CGP, which supports culturally diverse communities to develop skills, maintain their cultures and address their needs.


    Fact File

    • OMI's August grant round closes at 4pm on Friday, August 12
    • The full list of CGP recipients is available at http://www.omi.wa.gov.au  

    Minister's office - 6552 5700


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