Multicultural Council of Tasmania News December 2015
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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 >>

Friendship Extended
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.

End of Year BBQ at the Park
Migrant Women's Advocacy & Support Service
12.30 pm Saturday 5 December
 Tolosa Park, Glenorchy
Walk the Talk
Soroptimist International of Hobart
Raise awareness of, and eliminate violence against women
10.45 am Saturday 5 December start at the Cenotaph to Parliament Lawns

Christmas in the Alps
Meli-Melo Singers
A concert of folk songs and traditiona; carols from France, Switzerland and beyond.
3 pm Saturday 5 December St John's Catholic Church, 62 Bowden St, Glenorchy
Entry by donation raising funds for parish projects in Nepal

Continental Drift
Music from 3 continents
2 pm Sunday 6 December
 Moonah Arts Centre

Christmas with Elise Archer
Community morning tea at Parliament House

10.30 am Monday 7 December Reception Room, Parliament House

More info
Mariposa Dance group Christmas event
11 am- 4 pm Saturday 12 December Wellers Inn, 36 Queen St, Burnie
For more information contact Amelia
All community members of the International Wall of Friendship of Tasmania and all migrant communities of Tasmania and friends are invited to participate in the Annual General Meeting.
5:30 pm Wednesday 16 December | 'Written on Tea' Chinese Restaurant, 135 Bathurst St
RSVP: Inquiries: 04 1717 4214
  • A great opportunity! Multicultural Council is seeking to recruit a passionate and experienced events’ co-ordinator and communicator for a 10 week Harmony Day project starting in January 2016.
    Interested? -> Position Description
  • Did you come to Australia as a Refugee? Do your goals include being a leader in the community? Are you between the ages of 25 and 35 years? Multicultural Council Chair Alphonse Mulumba and Joselynn Baltra-Ulloa are encouraging you to join their YoungMILEa leadership and mentorship, program! Express your interest today! For more information and contacts visit the website & facebook.
  • Job opportunity - Welcome to Australia Ltd. is seeking a Manager for Welcoming Cities project, which is an initiative of the Scanlon Foundation in conjunction with Welcome to Australia and in partnership with Welcoming America. For more information please visit >>
  • Learn Chinese
    Suitable for teachers and professionals pinyin and character recognition Textbook
    9.30- 11.30 am | 11-15 Jan 2016 Week One, 18-22 Jan  2016 Week Two
    Enrol before: 31  Dec Goulburn St Primary school Phoenix Room
    $300 for each week Hingor Chung email

  • Would you like to become a part of the Glenorchy Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee? The Committee seeks representatives from a broad range of cultures. Potential members should be Australian Citizens and either live in Glenorchy or demonstrate that they have support from their community in Glenorchy to represent their views on the committee. Nominations should be supported by either an ethnic committee organisation (either incorporated or unincorporated), or by a group of Glenorchy residents from CALD backgrounds.
    For more information and nomination form, contact Jill Sleiters on 62166780 or

  • Want to learn how to grow food for yourself and the world…?
    TasTAFE is offering a program for people interested in growing profitable food crops.
    Two days per week from 9 am-3.30 pm for 38 weeks starting first week of February 2016 | Huon Valley Trade Training Centre, TasTAFE Clarence Campus

    More information

  • Congratulations to our Chairperson Alphonse Mulumba for being awarded the Tasmanian African Community Builder of the Year as part of the National African Australian Person of the Year Awards. "It's deeply humbling when people award someone for what they were born to do" - A. Mulumba.

National Days:
  • 1 December National Day in Central African Republic
  • 2 December National Day in United Arab Emirates
  • 2 December National Foundation Day in Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • 3 December International Day of Persons with Disabilities
  • 6 December Constitution Day in Thailand
  • 7 December Hanukkah (Jewish)
  • 8 December Bodhi Day (Buddhist)
  • 10 December Human Rights Day
  • 12 December National Day in Kenya
  • 17 December National Day in Bhutan
  • 18 December International Migrants Day
  • 18 December National Day in Niger
  • 20 December International Human Solidarity Day
  • 25 December Christmas Day
  • 25 December Constitution Day in Taiwan
  • 26 December Boxing Day (Public Holiday)

Multicultural Council End of Year event + "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" movie screening was a relaxing get together as well as a touching experience. It was a great night of reconciliation and a reminder of how many great people surround us. Many thanks to all of you: our Board, our members, fantastic volunteers and staff: Sylvia, EJ, Zoe and Chong...
Looking forward to another great year!

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