Tony McRae

Tony McRae

Former Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Disability Services

    Inclusion and Integration Grants Program: Building Networks Project.

    21/11/2006 1:00 PM

    Nine community-based and non-Government organisations are to receive State Government community building grants.

    The WA Council of Social Services (WACOSS) will receive $18,300 to work with non-Government organisations (NGOs) to foster better cross-cultural collaboration and partnerships.

    The training component will target 120 representatives from small new and emerging migrant community groups.

    “These skills contribute significantly to what local communities contribute to the development and delivery of services that directly affect them,” Mr McRae said.

    “This project will be most valuable to emerging migrant communities who have not developed skills to engage service organisations and will increase the ability of these groups to work for their communities, with the NGO sector.”

    The Grants Program is one of the key initiatives flowing from the Inclusion and Integration Action Plan approved by Cabinet in 2005 and was developed in recognition of the need for broad-scale change to address exclusion and social alienation of some members of religious and ethnic minorities, particularly those from new and emerging communities.

    These grants will support community organisations with new plans, or build on existing ones, which support integration, inclusion and active participation of minority groups in all walks of life.

    “I am confident the projects will produce terrific results, as they involve partnerships and collaboration between community organisations and the non-Government sector, promote interaction between minority groups and the broader community and create active citizenship among minority communities,” the Minister said.

    “In approving these grants, a strong emphasis has been placed on innovative projects for young people and those designed to remove structural and other barriers to participation, particularly of new and emerging communities.”

    The next round of grants will be announced early in 2007 and the Office of Multicultural Interests will continue to work with community groups to develop their project ideas and assist them in the application process.

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