26 September 2023

Multicultural reach-out to expand over State

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Multicultural NSW is looking to boost its engagement with diverse communities across the State with the launch of a new initiative.

Welcoming the Agency’s Regional Engagement Program, Minister for Multiculturalism, Mark Coure said the Program would see nine Regional Community Networks established throughout NSW.

“Our multicultural society is not limited to one city or suburb—it extends right across NSW,” Mr Coure said.

“This Program has been designed so that each network will reflect the diversity of the communities it represents, and include the voices of young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and new and established migrant communities,” he said.

“I am calling on people to register their interest to have a seat at the table and help share their experiences, knowledge and insights on cultural diversity in their region.”

Mr Coure said the Program would include a range of engagement opportunities throughout the year including listening tours, roundtables and annual summits.

He said the initiative was inspired by the meaningful outcomes achieved by Government while working more closely with local leaders and organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The pandemic presented us with a unique opportunity to forge even stronger relationships with diverse communities,” the Minister said.

“It was through this grassroots collaborative working relationship that we were able to achieve the strong vaccination rate we did and keep people safe,” he said.

“We now want to formalise these networks so we better serve the people of NSW.”

Mr Coure said each of the Program’s nine networks would include 15 formally appointed members.

He said two networks would cover Greater Sydney, with the remaining seven to cover Western NSW, Illawarra-South East, Northern NSW, New England and North West NSW, Hunter and Central Coast, Murray Lower Darling and Riverina.

Further information on Multicultural NSW’s Regional Engagement Program can be accessed at this PS News link.

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