Sue Ellery

Sue Ellery

Minister for Child Protection; Communities; Women's Interests; Seniors and Volunteering

    New community project celebrates multiculturalism

    14/02/2008 10:19 AM

    A new project to help promote and embrace the cultural diversity of Western Australian communities was launched in Perth today.

    Acting Multicultural Interests and Citizenship Minister Sue Ellery said the ‘Linking Communities’ project aimed to foster understanding, mutual respect and social cohesion among local communities.

    “The project will encourage local residents from different backgrounds to interact with each other, with the aim of achieving a greater understanding of and respect for the cultural and religious diversity of WA,” Ms Ellery said.

    “With the help of a new cultural access worker, the project will encourage communities to appreciate their multiculturalism.

    “The cultural access worker will organise a range of activities in selected communities throughout WA during the next 10 months and it is expected that about 400 residents will be involved.

    “It is very encouraging to see local agencies with shared visions working together with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse groups to build better communities.”

    ‘Linking Communities’ is funded by the joint State and Federal Governments’ Inclusion and Integration Grants Program, through the WA Office of Multicultural Interests.

    The project is being co-ordinated by Learning Centrelink, the State Association of Community, Neighbourhood and Learning Centres.

    The six centres involved in the project are:
    • Armadale Community Family Centre;
    • Broome Circle;
    • Collie Family Centre;
    • Glyde-In Community Learning Centre (East Fremantle);
    • Playfield Learning Centre (East Victoria Park); and
    • Westerly Family Centre (Cooloongup)
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