Diverse Faith Round Table
Around Australia over a number of years Interfaith groups have been helpful networks to promote mutual understanding and the sharing of resources amongst people of diverse faiths. This in turn helps to increase social cohesion within communities. Recognising the value of this, the Multicultural Council of Tasmania recently brought together leaders of diverse faiths from around Tasmania to consider the value of forming such a group here also.
In Victoria, there are a number of interfaith groups, some in operation for close to 30 years. These groups have received support from government in both grants and resources such as use of council rooms for meetings. They have contributed to social cohesion through mutual dialogue, educating each other on diverse faith practices and involving the community via bus tours, forums, displays and festivals. Continue Reading >>
by Elise Archer, the Hon. Speaker
Two new stones were recently added to the International Wall of Friendship in Collins Street, Hobart. To celebrate 45 years of the Australia Japan Society (Tasmania) a Japanese stone was unveiled on behalf of the Japanese community in Tasmania. The stone was presented by the Australia Japan Society (Tasmania) and the Japan Club Tasmania. The Australia Japan Society actively promotes understanding and friendship between the people of Australia and Japan, has facilitated business connections between the two nations and has assisted in making Tasmania a safe and welcoming pace for Japanese travellers to visit.
A stone was also unveiled for the Republic of Korea as a symbol of friendship and goodwill through the Korean Community Volunteer Association of Tasmania and the Office of Ga-pyeong County, Korea. Through a very generous support of Ga-pyeong County, the Korean commemorative stone was sourced from and manufactured in Ga-pyeong, Korea. Ga-pyeong was one of the most fiercely fought battlegrounds by the Australian soldiers during the Korean War. It is a symbol of remembrance of those Australian soldiers and their sacrifice. Read More >>
Walk Together Rally
Welcome Australia held its fourth annual walk together across Australia on October 31st. This year the theme was ‘Say Welcome’ and 462 people turned out on a glorious Spring day to walk from Princes Park in Battery Point to Franklin Square in Hobart. The walk was to say ‘Welcome’ to those who have made Australia home and to encourage the broader community to embrace our newer members.
At Franklin Square a number of people spoke, including John Kumara a Multicultural Council member from the Sierra Leone community who shared his personal and moving story of his own refugee journey to become a Tasmanian. It was welcoming to see politicians from a range of parties attending and contributing to the dialogue about the current policies surrounding asylum seekers in Australia.
Nourish choir was another highlight, singing both on the walk and giving a brief performance in Franklin Square. Welcome Australia is already planning on a 2016 walk so come October – get your walking shoes ready.
Neighbourhood and Community Houses
by Sylvia Wells, MCOT Social Work Student
During October I took the opportunity to visit four Neighbourhood Houses in the Hobart region and to talk with them about what services that they had for members of the multicultural community and what opportunities there might be for further engagement between multicultural communities and neighbourhood houses.
All of the community and neighbourhood houses run a number of programs that are open to members of the broader community. They run long term programs and shorter term courses. Their halls are available for hire on various terms and for various purposes. These facilities may be useful ones to consider when planning a community event or when seeking to run an educational program. They may also be able to offer something needed if there is enough demand for doing so.
Attached is a table of what is currently on offer at the four houses I visited. Please contact the houses concerned for further details. We welcome information from other Neighbourhood Houses around the state that may be of interest to multicultural communities.