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The Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, the Hon. Nicholas Kotsiras MLA, opened the first meeting of the Hume Regional Advisory Council (RAC) in Shepparton on Wednesday 4 April. The Hume RAC is one of eight new regional councils established across Victoria. Congratulating the members of the RAC, the Minister said the new council would provide a bridge of communication between local communities and the Victorian Government. Chaired by VMC Commissioner, Mr Chidambaram (Srini) Srinivasan, the Hume RAC members have a wealth of experience across community development, skilled migration, multicultural affairs, health and education services. Julie Salomon, a local government representative from Greater Shepparton City Council, said she was delighted to be part of the Hume RAC, which provides a wonderful opportunity for community members to discuss local issues and support culturally and linguistically diverse communities. The first meeting of the Hume RAC focused on issues and ideas to support multiculturalism within the region. Topics discussed included the need for better coordination of migrant-support services, enhanced support in areas such as mental health, housing and transport. The RAC also discussed greater interaction between diverse groups within the region, as well as opportunities to celebrate the region's cultural diversity. The full Hume RAC membership is Barbara Brown, Bernadette McCann, Jolene Barnes, Apollo Nsubuga-Kyobe, Rozi Parisotto, Charles Halter, Julie Salomon, Maria Calandro and Lisa Mahood. The Hume RAC covers north eastern Victoria and the Goulburn Valley, and contains 12 local government areas. The Hume RAC will meet every four months and the next meeting will take place in July.

Got a story for the next Multicultural Victoria Magazine?

Did you host a Cultural Diversity Week event in your workplace, school or community? If so we want to hear about it! Send us 200 words about your celebration of our state's vibrant cultual diversity, plus one or two colourful photographs of the day, and it could be featured in the May issue of MV Magazine*. Email the details to info@vmc.vic.gov.au by 23 April. Please ensure that photos to accompany your story are high resolution copies suitable for printing. 
*All story submissions will be considered; please note that inclusion is not guaranteed and final content is at the discretion of the VMC. 

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National Anti-Racism Strategy - have your say online

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is supporting the Australian Human Rights Commission and its partners to consult the public over the the development of the National Anti-Racism Strategy. The aim of the strategy is to promote a clear understanding in the Australian community of what racism is and how it can be prevented and reduced. Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Helen Szoke is leading the development of the strategy. She is very keen to hear how racism affects communities around Australia, and what we should be doing about it. If you didn’t make it to one of the earlier public consultation meetings in Victoria, you can still have your say online by filling out an online survey, or writing a response to a discussion paper by 11 May, via the Australian Human Rights Commission website. 

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Public grants information session

The Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship invites you to a public information session about the Cultural Precincts and Community Infrasturcture funding round which will be held on Saturday 5 May from 10.30am - 11.30am at the State Library of Victoria Conference Centre, Seminar Room 1, Entry 3, 179 La Trobe, Melbourne. The Victorian Government's $12 million Cultural Precincts and Community Infrastructure Fund (CPCIF) aims to enhance cultural precincts and community facilities in Victoria, and secure the longevity of Victoria's important community assets. The CPCIF supports projects that enhance the identity of cultural precincts and projects that increase access to community-owned facilities by Victoria's culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD)communities. The funding round for 2012 opens on 5 May 2012. Small and major grants will be available to CALD organisations for the restoration or construction of community-owned facilities, and to local council areas across Victoria to enhance cultural precincts. RSVP to omac@dpc.vic.gov.au Funding guidelines and application forms will be available on our website at www.multicultural.vic.gov.au from 5 May 2012.


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Grants and Funding

Multicultural Festivals and Events - applications now open
Grants of up to a maximum of $20,000 can be provided under this program however, due to the high volume of applications received the average grant awarded under this category is generally within the range of $500 to $3,000. Community organisations, non-profit organisations and schools can apply for funding.  Organisations must be incorporated under the Australian Corporations Act or as an Association under the Associations Incorporation Act and have an Australian Business Number (ABN). Click here for the full guidelines and application form. Applications close today at 4pm.

Unity through Partnerships - applications now open
This program aims to foster intercultural understanding and to promote the message of unity through diversity and provides funding of up to $100,000 for major multicultural festivals and events in Melbourne and regional Victoria. Applications are now being accepted for festivals and/or events that are scheduled to run between July 2012 and July 2013. Click here for the full guidelines and application form. Applications close today at 4pm.

Grants for organisations supporting older people from CALD backgrounds
To provide opportunities to encourage social participation of older people from CALD backgrounds, a four year small grants program has been established. It will award up to $10,000 to eligible organisations for projects to create or expand social participation opportunities for socially isolated CALD seniors. The grants program is currently open for applications. The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) is the Victorian Government’s implementation partner for this program. If you require assistance with your grant application, contact the ECCV on (03) 9349 4122 to discuss. Guidelines with more information about the program, including who is eligible to apply for the grants and the application form are now available. You can download the Participation for CALD Seniors grant guidelines and application form from the Seniors online website. To obtain a hard copy of the guidelines and application form, contact Georgia Nicholls on (03) 9096 1052 or email georgia.nicholls@health.vic.gov.au. Applications close 27 April.  

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Events Calendar

Shera Cultural Festival - 21 April

A first for Melbourne - join the Assyrian Chaldean communities to celebrate the lives of Iraqi Christian saints.

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Dutch Orange Day - 29 April

Come along to sample Dutch style food and culture.

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Heartlands Exhibition - until 15 April

Be inspired by the winners of the MAV Refugee Fine Art prize 2011.

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Antithesis Festival - April - May

Enjoy Greek-inspired music, poetry and film at this esoteric festival.

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Tango Flamenco Show - 20 April

Feel the beat and passion of Latin music and dance.

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Community Noticeboard
Have your say about the building and construction industry

The Australian Government is undertaking consultations about the key issues and challenges facing people from culturally diverse backgrounds who work in the building and construction industry. If you work in this industry, or have a story about it, please come along to an important meeting on Thursday 19 April, 6-8pm at the Multicultural Hub (Blue Room), 506 Elizabeth St, Melbourne. Employers and employees are encouraged to attend to discuss issues within the building and construction industry. The outcomes of these consultations will inform further work on information and education programs.

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PhD Scholarship - Everyday Multiculturalism at Work


A Macquarie University PhD scholarship (MQRES) is available in the Department of Sociology affiliated with an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant entitled “Everyday Multiculturalism at Work”. A PhD candidate is sought to work on a topic related to this project. The exact thesis topic can be negotiated and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome. Interested candidates must be Australian (or New Zealand) citizens or have permanent Australian residency status to qualify for a full scholarship. International candidates may be considered for a tuition only scholarship. Candidates should have either an honours or a master's degree in sociology, cultural studies, anthropology, human geography, or a closely related discipline. Candidates will be required to develop their own independent PhD project entailing fieldwork based research in either Singapore or Australia. For full details of the topics and how to apply visit the website.

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Radio 3ZZZ seeks participants for new program


Australia’s largest ethnic community radio station, 3ZZZ, is seeking ethnic community groups who may not have a radio voice in Melbourne to get in touch, with a view to establishing a program on 3ZZZ. On offer is free training and support for communities accepted into the program, as well as free access to studios and equipment and mentoring for new broadcasters and group committees. For more information contact manager, Martin Wright, on 0400 968 446 or email manager@3zzz.com.au

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Tell us your news

We love to hear what you have planned. You can submit your events and details of any new resources with a multicultural focus via the form on our website. These get added to our online Community Noticeboard and Events Calendar. Selected listings will be included in the VMC Update each fortnight. Click on the link below to find out what's going on around multicultural Victoria.

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