Tony McRae

Tony McRae

Former Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Disability Services

    Inclusion and Integration Grants Program: Connecting Communities Program.

    20/11/2006 3:30 PM

    Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Tony McRae has approved grants to community-based organisations under the Western Australian Inclusion and Integration Grants Program.

    The Muslim Women's Support Centre, Victoria Park, will receive $15,000 for the Connecting Communities Program, an interactive leadership program designed to develop the confidence and personal leadership skills of 60 newly arrived migrants.

    “The four, six-week leadership programs will focus on building practical skills and confidence, while connecting students with the broader community through workshop activities, community involvement, excursions and interaction with youth and community mentors,” Mr McRae said.

    “This project will provide a valuable opportunity to develop skills that will be of lasting benefit, not only to the young people themselves but also their own and the broader community.”

    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-cale change to address exclusion and social alienation of some members of religious and ethnic minorities, particularly those from new and emerging communities.

    The grants will support community organisations with new plans, or building on existing ones, promoting 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, facilitate interaction between minority groups and the broader community and promote 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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