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News from the Multicultural Council

Community Unites for Refugee Week
The Multicultural Council of Tasmania and Australian Red Cross held two events celebrating Refugee Week and the contribution former refugees make.
Freedom Stories, a documentary following the lives of former refugees since their arrival in Australia, was shown at the Hopkins St centre in Moonah.  Thanks to Glenorchy City Council for their support. 
Lanterns for Peace offered the opportunity for the community to come together to make and launch paper lanterns. Over 300 people gathered and launched paper lanterns decorated with messages of peace and welcome.
Thank you to our volunteers and Hobart City Council for their support. Thank you also to the Australian Red Cross for partnering with us for Refugee Week!
Multiculturalism Matters: Political Forums in Hobart and Launceston
In the lead up to the Federal election, the Multicultural Council organised two opportunities for the community to meet with party representatives to discuss multiculturalism. 
The first event in Hobart was attended by independent, Andrew Wilkie and Greens candidate Senator Nick McKim. Questions asked on the night can be viewed on the Multicultural Council Facebook page
Party representatives from the Australian Greens, the Liberal Party and the Nick Xenophon Team attended our event in Launceston.
The audience came well prepared with questions, discussing employment, access to English language classes and access to services with party representatives.
Thanks to the Migrant Resource Centre in Launceston for hosting the event.
What does it mean to be Aussie?
Earlier this month Peter Drew, the man behind the Aussie poster, dropped by the Multicultural Council of Tasmania office to tell us about the project and gift us a poster.

Peter is touring Australia putting up 1000 posters. A number of them can be found across Tasmania. Have you spotted one and if so, where? 
Multicultural Council of Tasmania Memberships Due!
Thank you to all of our members for your continued support in promoting diversity in Tasmania! The deadline for renewal forms is fast approaching and forms have been sent to all of our member groups and individual members.
Please submit your updated details to Lucie at To download the form or renew online click here

News from around the web

Grants Available

Minor and major grants for sport and recreation activities are now available through the Department of Premier and Cabinet. For more information click on the links below:

Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network Federal Election (MYAN) 2016 Policy Platform

The MYAN has released it's federal election policy platform, presenting key issues and recommendations for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. The MYAN  is Australia's national peak body representing multicultural youth issues. The policy platform addresses disadvantage, social cohesion, access to education and employment, and opportunities for youth leadership. To read the platform click here.

Race Discrimination Commissioner says 'no excuse for xenophobia'
The Federal Race Discrimination Commissioner spoke with ABC Radio National this morning following public dialogue regarding the recent Federal election. Read the Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane's comments here. 

Alphonse Mulumba featured on The Pin website
Chairperson of the Multicultural Council of Tasmania, Alphonse Mulumba, recently wrote a short essay for The Pin, a website focused on biracial and bi-cultural Australia. His essay explores the power of language in media and politics. Read it here

Events around Tasmania

Festival of Voices features a number of exciting performances celebrating cultures from around the world. For the full program visit
Setting Up a MyGov Account
Learn how to set up a MyGov account and how to link your services. To book or for more information conact (03) 6165 5493.
Class Details:
Wednesday 13th July from 2 - 4.30 pm.
Glenorchy LINC
FREE (Bookings essential)

Other classes
The LINC holds a number of classes each month. Classes include:
- Help with Reading, Writing and Maths
- Activities for Adults
- Activities for Preschool Kids
- Help with Computers

For more information visit the Glenorchy LINC website
Bhutanese Soccer Federation Championship
Teams from all over Australia will gather for this annual Bhutanese soccer event.
Sunday 3rd - Wednesday 6th July (Final match)
Churchill Park, Invermay
Free entry - Bhutanese/Nepalese foods - Cultural Performances!
For more information contact Mon Rai on 0423 935 488.
Living Well After Cancer
Living Well After Cancer is a free morning workshop for people who have completed their cancer treatment. The class looks at ways to maintain and develop healthy habits to promote well being. Partners and carers are welcome.
There will be presentations from a dietitian, clinical psychologist and exercise physiologist. 
Class details:
Thursday 21st July from 9.30 am - 12.45 pm.
Glenorchy LINC, Meeting Room One, 4 Terry street
To register contact Jill at the Cancer Council on 6216 5725 or email
July School Holidays at MAC

The MAC School Holiday Program is for children aged 4 - 15. A fun selection of creative experiences are available.
Classes run from 5th - 14th July. 

Community Noticeboard

  • Change the World with your Song is a songwriting competition open to all Australians. The competition encourages people to write on themes of social justice, the environment and many other topics to help change the way people think about issues. For more information and to enter, visit
  • The Rotary Club of North Hobart hold a weekly Sunday community market at 71 Letitia st, North Hobart, from 10 am - 2 pm. The club is seeking interest from community members who would like to perform on their stage. For more information visit their Facebook or email
  • Go Movement is a low cost physical activity program suitable for anyone who wishes to exercise at their own pace in a friendly environment. Classes are run by qualified fitness professionals or trained volunteers. Bookings are essential and class fees apply. For more information please contact Glenorchy City Council on (03) 62166394 or visit Glenorchy on the Go
  • Nominations for the Human Rights Award 2016 are now open! For more information or to nominate click here.
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