Tony McRae

Tony McRae

Former Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Disability Services

    The online WA multicultural communities (OWAMC) website receives national award

    23/11/2006 3:45 PM

    An online link allowing people from ethnic and community organisations to access the latest communication facilities and information services has won the 2006 National Multicultural Award in the Information Technology category.

    The Online WA Multicultural Communities (OWAMC) Gateway is a joint initiative of the Office of Multicultural Interests and the Ethnic Communities Council of Western Australia (ECCWA).

    Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Tony McRae said the prestigious award was well deserved.

    “The OWAMC Gateway helps ethnic communities and people from diverse backgrounds to establish and maintain their own websites and provides the communities across Western Australia with facilities to interact with and learn about each other,” Mr McRae said.

    “The gateway provides easy access and ways for communities to develop and maintain their own websites in-house, without incurring any costs or having to possess a high level of technical or IT knowledge or expertise.

    “It also allows community members to access information and communicate with groups, family and friends across the globe, using chat rooms, bulletin boards and calendars of events without incurring any charges.”

    The National Multicultural Marketing Awards, which are an initiative of the Community Relations Commission of New South Wales and recognise the efforts of businesses and organisations seeking to harness the benefits of Australia’s cultural diversity, were presented on Tuesday night in Sydney.

    The Online WA Multicultural Communities Gateway is the only project of its type, not only in Australia, but globally.

    “I urge ethnic community organisations and incorporated not-for-profit community organisations to take advantage of the facilities available through this award-winning project and establish their websites on the gateway,” the Minister said.

    Membership of the OWAMC Gateway is open to all incorporated ethnic community groups and not-for-profit community service organisations across WA.

    The gateway can be accessed at

    Minister's Office - 9213 7150