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Multicultural News

Seeking Harmony Week ambassadors

Planning for Harmony Week 2017 is underway! The Multicultural Council of Tasmania is looking for interested members to act as Harmony Week Ambassadors in February and March 2017. Ambassadors will attend an evening briefing session in February, be available to attend Harmony Week and to speak to schools, community groups or media outlets during, and in the run up to Harmony Week!

For more information contact Grace on harmony@mcot.org.au or 6285 9907 and visit http://mcot.org.au/volunteer/ to download an application form.

Plans for Tasmania's first Multicultural Community Hub in Moonah

Glenorchy City Council has launched the recently adopted Glenorchy Multicultural Community Spaces Plan (see links below) which aims to increase access to community spaces and facilities for multicultural groups for community, cultural and religious activities.

The Plan was funded through a $100,000 grant from the State Government.

A key recommendation has been to repurpose the existing Hopkins Street Centre (Old Moonah Arts Centre) building into the State’s first Multicultural Hub to actively support the needs of newly arrived migrants in partnership with the multicultural services sector and the communities themselves.  

Glenorchy Mayor Alderman Kristie Johnston said the establishment of the Hub reflected Council’s commitment to welcome new arrivals from all countries and work with them to build on the multicultural traditions in the community, which was identified in the City of Glenorchy Community Plan 2015-2040.

“When compared to the rest of the community, many multicultural groups, especially newly arrived residents, have the least access to community and cultural spaces,” she said.

“It’s great to be able to repurpose a facility that is well known to the community with a history of being a centre of arts and cultural life, to provide a transitional space for multicultural groups.

“Glenorchy City is highly diverse compared to Tasmania and even Hobart -
7.4 % of our residents speak a language other than English at home, compared to 6.4% of the Greater Hobart region and 4.5% of the entire state. This figure rises to 15% in Moonah which further reinforces the decision to locate the Hub there.”

Establishing a Hub in Moonah has the full support of the Moonah Business Community Inc (MBC).

MBC Secretary Jonathan Hodgkin of Magnolia 73 Café believes the Hub builds on the benefits to businesses arising from being located in one of Tasmania’s most diverse suburbs, including the increases to foot traffic on weekends and after hours.

“The Multicultural Hub in Moonah presents all businesses with many opportunities to learn from our multicultural customers about their tastes and foods, their lifestyles and needs, while sharing our cultures and lives,” he said.

“The members of the Moonah Business Community enjoy the diversity of all the people who have come to live in our area, and the many ways we share our lives and livelihoods on a daily basis, which enriches us all.”

Mayor Johnston also acknowledged the work of the Project Steering Committee, which consisted of representation from Council, the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Department of Social Services, Red Cross, the Migrant Resource Centre, CatholicCare Tasmania and the Multicultural Council of Tasmania.

“The Steering Committee consulted extensively with cultural groups and the broader community, so the Plan recognises the changing composition of the City and outlines actions that address some of the challenges that newly arrived (and not so newly arrived) communities face,” she said.

Other key recommendations in the Plan include:

  • A Community Development program to match up groups needing space with available community spaces and facilities, including existing clubs that have excess capacity;
  • Seeking funding support from all levels of government;
  • Collaborating with Greater Hobart Councils to address needs across the metropolitan region;
  • Exploration of a part time multicultural youth space at the Cresswell-Beakley Stand at the KGV precinct Glenorchy.
The Multicultural Community Spaces Plan can be viewed on the Glenorchy City Council's website. Hard copies of the report can be requested by phoning 6216 6800.  

Multicultural Grants now open!

Grants ranging in value of $3,000 up to $20,000 are available to support projects that address a range of needs for migrant communities. Grants are aimed at projects that support a range of migrant community needs and are available for activities such as community language schools, events and building cross cultural awareness.

For more information or to apply visit the Department of Premier and Cabinet's website at:
http://www.dpac.tas.gov.au/divisions/csr/grants_and_community_engagement/multicultural_grants_program_2016.

 

National Multicultural Women's Conference report 

Our report for the National Multicultural Women's Conference is now available and can be found on our website or downloaded directly here.

From the Multicultural Council staff and board members we wish you good times, good health and good cheer in the festive season and New Year! 


Our office will be closed from the 23rd December to 2nd of January. We look forward to working with you all in the New Year!
 
Attendees at the Multicultural Council end of year celebration in Tolosa Park.

Community Noticeboard

  • The BreastScreen Tasmania Bus is on it's way! BreastScreen Tasmania will be providing free breast x-rays (mammograms) to women over the age of 40. From November 7 - December 16 the bus will be located in the forecourt of Glenorchy Council Chambers, Main Rd, Glenorchy. If you're over the age of 40 and do not have regular screenings contact 13 20 50 to make a booking! 
     
  • The Tasmanian Human Rights Awards was held earlier this month at Parliament House. There were many fantastic nominees including Multicultural Council board members, Raj Chopra and Hina Durrani, for their work in the community. Congratulations to all nominees and winners, for a full list visit the Mercury Newspaper website.
     
  • Light up the Lane is an opportunity for young people to have their work showcased in the lane-ways and public spaces of Hobart! The project is open to young people between the ages 12 - 25 years old. For more information visit https://smartforms.seamlesscms.com/Form/564392e1-7046-4355-9ded-666a716552ec

Events

Our online calendar is packed with school holiday activities for December through to February! To view activities head to http://mcot.org.au/events/ and to submit an event email office@mcot.org.au.

Pink Stumps Day Sporting Event
Awareness for Breast Cancer
In support of the McGrath foundation, the Intercultural Sports League is holding a pink themed sporting event. Support this great event by participating in a sporting match, or by purchasing a pink cupcake, pink cap or from the BBQ.

When: Saturday 10th December, 12-3 pm
Where: Bell Street Sporting Grounds

Welcome to Sakewa 2016
A Cultural Celebration in Launceston

 
A festival by the Australian Bhutanese Society of Northern Tasmania, celebrating Sakewa. This will be a community event with dance, singing, food and colourful costumes.

When: 17th December, 10am-3pm
Where: University Oval, Newnham
For more information: 0469 410 830


We welcome contribution to this monthly newsletter! The deadline for our next edition is the 24th January

Contact details:
The Multicultural Council of Tasmania
40 Melville street, Hobart TAS 7000
Post: GPO Box 798 Hobart TAS 7001

Phone: (03) 6285 9907
Email: office@mcot.org.au
Office Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 9 - 2 pm

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Photo credit: UN collection, Cape Town 1982.






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