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The 2012 round of the Cultural Precincts and Community Infrastructure Fund (CPCIF) will open on 5 May 2012. Capital infrastructure grants will be available to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community organisations for the restoration or construction of community-owned facilities, and to local councils across Victoria to enhance cultural precincts. The Funding Guidelines are now available online and provide prospective applicants with information on funding conditions and eligibility criteria. Examples of projects funded under previous CPCIF rounds include the Cambodian Association of Victoria's extension to their community centre in Springvale, the Bendigo Golden Dragon Museum's installation of a chrysanthemum sculpture which serves as an access ramp to the museum for people with a disability, the Beth Weizmann Community Centre's Lamm Jewish Library of Australia in Caulfield South, which offers a multi-faceted national hub of Jewish learning resources and community facilities and the Hindu Society of Victoria's recently completed Hindu Cultural and Heritage Centre in Carrum Downs, providing a modern, multi-faceted cultural and education facility. These projects have been made possible though an enormous community effort. Future projects to be completed under the Fund will continue to enhance Victoria's important community assests for the benefits of all Victorians.

Young Muslims & The Media conference

The Media and Young Muslim conference brings together some of Australia's best known journalists and young Muslims to tackle media stereotypes. The aim of the conference is to foster a two-way communication to help the media understand the diverse range of opinions that exist in the Australian Muslim community and help members of the Muslim community understand how the media works. The conference will be held over three days from 4-6 May at Melbourne Town Hall. The conference will be opened on Friday evening by veteran journalist George Negus, who will lead a panel of Muslim and non-Muslim journalists in a discussion about media representations of the Muslim community. The conference will feature lively debates, workshops and real opportunities to strengthen links between multicultural communities in Australia and the mainstream media.

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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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Do you have a film for the Refugee Week Film Festival?

Local film makers are invited to contribute short films to be part of Maribyrnong's Refugee Week Film Festival. The Festival will be held at the Sun Theatre in Yarraville on Monday 18 June. Refugee Week takes place nationally from 18-24 June and provides opportunities to promote harmony and togetherness as well as to celebrate the contributions refugees make to our community. This year's theme is: Restoring Hope. Films are a powerful way to share stories and help raise understanding in the broader community. They can also be a compelling reminder that regardless of our differences, we all share a common humanity. Organisers are looking for films that highlight aspects of the refugee experience. Films will be selected by a panel of Maribyrnong's Refugee Week Organising Committee. Submissions must be in DVD format and should ideally be classified and ready for public viewing. All entries must be received by Friday 18 May.

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Grants and Funding

Applications for funding under Australia's Human Rights Framework - Education Grants will close at 5.00pm on Wednesday 9 May. Human rights education is the centrepiece of Australia's Human Rights Framework. Increasing community understanding is an essential part of protecting and promoting human rights in Australia. Australia's Human Rights Framework - Education Grants, provide small grants to a wide range of community organisations to deliver practical, grassroots human rights education projects for the community and vulnerable groups. Grants are available for a range of projects including one-off events and short-term activities or longer-term activities running over one or two years. Previous amounts funded have ranged from $5,000 to $40,000 in a year. Projects should promote a practical understanding of the human rights and responsibilities of individuals as members of a tolerant, inclusive society, and/or promote community awareness of, understanding of and engagement with the rights and freedoms recognised and declared under the seven core United Nations human rights treaties. Projects should aim to reach broad sections of the community and/or vulnerable groups. Organisations representing or working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, people with disability and people from diverse age groups, sexuality or gender identity groups are encouraged to apply. Please note: Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. For more information phone (02) 6141 2679.

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Events Calendar

La Fiera - 22-24 May

Come along to this weekend of Italian festival fun held in Myrtleford.

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Campfire Film Festival - 12 May

Grab the popcorn and unwind with some world cinema short films.

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FUN-raising Comedy Night - 18 May

Missed the Comedy Festival? Enjoy some Spanish-inspired stand-up comedy.

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Hope in Settlement - 13 June

Enjoy these unique performances inspired by the lives of refugees.

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Circus Oz at Birrarung Marr - 24 June

Young Victorian carers are invited to this world-famous show.

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Community Noticeboard
Local government candidate's information session

Council elections are being held this year and a free information forum is being held for those who are interested in finding out more about how to stand for election in a local council. The forum is organised  by the Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV), which encourages greater diversity of representation at all levels of government. This is your opportunity to improve your chances to start a political career at the local government level. This free session is designed to help you understand how local government works, what councillors do and what the challenges are in getting elected. Register before the 28 May for the forum which is being held on Monday 28 May at the ECCV, Carlton.

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Donations needed for new multicultural art & craft class

Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council  (BRMC) is starting a regular art and craft group on Friday afternoons, throughout May. Run by crafty volunteers, the aim of the group is to allow migrant women to come together and share their art and craft skills while conversing in English. BRMC are looking for the following: Irons and ironing boards, sewing needles and pins, scissors, embroidery threads, cottons and wools, medium weight cotton or linen fabrics suitable for embroidery or applique work, material scraps, knitting and crochet yarns and needles, paints and brushes, wooden platters, bowls and trays suitable for decorating, protective aprons and disposable gloves - and anything else you think you might be able to offer! Contact BRMC to organise a donation on 5332 5941.

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New DVD provides pedestrian safety message

Diversitat will launch a new safety DVD on Thursday 10 May to help get the message across about pedestrian road safety. Aimed at people who have newly arrived in Victoria, the DVD called, Walk This Way, provides relevant pedestrian safety messages and tips for keeping safe on our roads. The DVD will be played in Adult Migrant English Classes and added supplementary support material will also be provided to help keep our newest community members safe. The DVD includes information on how to cross roads safely using pedestrian crossings and traffic lights, how to keep children safe near roads and car parks, and a section on the dangers of using iPods and mobile phones while navigating traffic.

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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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