Multifaith gathering to acknowledge Victoria’s bushfire crisis

Multifaith gathering to acknowledge Victoria’s bushfire crisis
You are invited to a multifaith gathering to acknowledge Victoria’s bushfire crisis. Join Victoria’s faith and political leaders for a special multifaith gathering on the steps of Parliament House on Tuesday 4 February 2020.

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2020 Shepparton Apology Breakfast

Three Australian FlagThe Shepparton Region Reconciliation Group will host the 2020 Shepparton Apology Breakfast to acknowledge the 12th Anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations on Thursday 13 February 2020 at 8:00AM.

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More asylum seekers arrive on planes amid trafficking fears

Arrivals

The number of asylum seekers arriving by air rose last month despite federal government attempts to halt the trend and respond to fears that tens of thousands of foreign workers are being “trafficked” into slavery.

An average of 77 people a day claimed protection after landing at an Australian airport during November — higher than previous averages — reigniting debate over exploitation of the visa system.

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Shaping Crime Prevention

Justice and Community SafetyThe Victorian Government is developing a new approach to crime prevention with a focus on early intervention and prevention to address the root causes of crime and provide better outcomes for people. An exploratory session was held in Shepparton on 6 December 2019. Staff and Board members of the Ethnic Council were in attendance.

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Shepparton: All Paths Lead to Now

All paths lead to nowOver the last few months, Multicultural Arts Victoria and Riverlinks have been developing a significant new arts and culture initiative with a group of six local artists from First Nations and diverse communities living on Yorta Yorta country in and around Shepparton. This is a way in supporting the extended family of Pasifika and African diaspora community and the Kaieltheban country.

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Australia relaxes English requirement for migrant farm workers, offers pathway to permanent residency

farm workersAustralian horticulture farmers will be able to sponsor overseas workers to work in their farms from next year with the Australian government relaxing English language requirements and offering a pathway to permanent residency to skilled and semi-skilled foreign workers.

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Bushfire Assistance: Financial and Consumer Rights Council

Financial Consumer Rights Council LogoFor bushfire affected communities – an amount of significant information by way of care from the Financial and Consumer Rights Council  The Financial and Consumer Rights Council is keen to link any of CALD communities in the regions with financial counsellors that have been assigned as part of the emergency response. Introductions to the Council for financial assistance are available.

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Victoria: Fire Factsheets in Other Languages

CFA LogoThe Country Fire Authority (Victoria) has Publications and audio files in languages other than English. Amharic, Arabic, Assyrian, Burmese, Chinese (both), Croatian, Dari, Dinka, Fijian, French, German, Greel. Jomdo. Indonesia, Korean, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Pashto, Persional, Polish, Punjabi Russian, Serbialn, Sinhalese, Somali, Spanish, Tamil. Thai, Tongan, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese. All these languages, the CFA has fire safety for you.

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Victorian drownings reach 20-year high, including 70pc increase among older people

safety at the beachThe number of people drowning in Victoria has hit a 20-year high, sparking a new water safety campaign using drones and an enhanced jet ski lifeguard patrol service. Life Saving Victoria’s Drowning Report showed 56 people drowned in 2018-19 — the worst drowning toll for the state in two decades. One quarter of these were new arrivals, immigrants and refugees.

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