Memorial Service for Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan Association of the Goulburn Valley invites you to a memorial service to remember the beautiful souls lost in the Easter Sunday tragedy in Sri Lanka. Prayer for Sri Lanka will be conducted at St Brendan’s Church, Shepparton, on evening of Friday, 3 May at 6pm. All are invited to bring flowers to lay at the Shrine of St Brendan.

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Shepparton and Social Cohesion

Free ice Cream at St Georges Road Community Fun night courtesy Mr SheppySocial cohesion has many elements. We look to events occurring in Shepparton during the time of the Christchurch terror attack, in order that social justice, belonging, participation, acceptance and worth – all elements of social cohesion – are illustrated in the activities offered by the community at that time.

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Anzac Day 2019

We commemorate ANZAC day here at the Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District, and ask our fellow Australians – and settlers in this region from all walks of life – to recognise the loss Australia felt and remember those who have served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations, from all faiths and cultural backgrounds. It’s an important time to remember the human cost of conflict. May we all be worthy of their sacrifice. On this day, lest we forget.

Attilio Borzillo at Shepparton Cenotaph
Attillio Borzillo, Vice President of Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District, with wreath at the Shepparton Cenotaph, Anzac Day 2019

Agri Labour Australia forced to pay more than $50,000 to Vanuatu labourers working in northern Victoria

A labour hire company has been forced to pay more than $50,000 to a group of labourers from Vanuatu who were underpaid while working on a tomato farm in northern Victoria.

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Cultural diversity in the Australian Imperial Force

During the First World War, the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) – the military formation that the country sent to the war – reflected Australia’s ethnic make-up. Most of the more than 420,000 men who volunteered were of British origin, but just as men of other nationalities could be found across the country, so too could they be found in the AIF. They brought their own accents, cultures and habits to a predominantly Anglo-Saxon force and, being mostly European, blended in. The AIF was a brotherhood that admitted men from diverse backgrounds. Their bond, born of the most intense experience, transcended ethnicity.

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Lailat ul Bara’h (15 Shabaan – Night of Forgiveness)

Bara’a Night or Mid-Sha’ban is a holiday observed by various Muslim communities on the night between 14 and 15 Sha’ban. It is regarded as a night when the fortunes of men for the coming year are decided and when Allah may forgive sinners. 15 Shaban will be celebrated at Ferrari Park, Mooroopna on Saturday, 13 April from 12 – 4pm.

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Chris Hazelman recognised for community service

With a smile on his face and a small chuckle, Shepparton’s Chris Hazelman says he has a suspicion who may have nominated him for a Medal of the Order of Australia. The former City of Greater Shepparton mayor and current manager of the Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District has had an extensive career spanning several community organisations and government roles around Greater Shepparton.

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