Victorian Multicultural Forum on Employment and Housing

Forum PhotographFor regional resettlement to be successful, there are two important elements that every host community must possess to attract migrants: employment and reasonable accommodation. In collaboration with the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District will host the Victorian Multicultural Forum on Employment and Housing at the Parklake on 29 November 2019.

Some migrants move to regional areas in search of jobs and cheaper housing. Many migrants’ moving to rural Australia in particular also have great ambitions of farming. It is a large part of why big cities are not their ultimate settlement location; farming is a permanent activity they will continue to practice as long as they have the opportunity.

For rural communities, another key element of successful and sustainable regional resettlement is ‘farming practice’.

Notwithstanding the importance of employment, affordable housing and availability of land for farming, for many migrants, the decision to stay on and live in a regional community ultimately depends on whether the community is a welcoming community that is ready to embrace the new migrants. A welcoming community is a source of safety for new migrants and can help greatly with migrant attraction and retention. Thus, encouraging more small towns to become welcoming communities is also integral to sustainable regional settlement.

Victorian Multicultural Forum on Employment and Housing

The objective of the Forum is to find out strengths and opportunities of different regions and how to tackle the most important issues of housing and employment, that concerns most of our CaLD communities in Victoria.

This Forum has been organised by the Ethnic Council of Shepparton Inc., funded by Department of Premier and Cabinet (Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion Division) and will be facilitated by Susan Benedyka from the Regional Development Company.

Our guest speakers include:
Mark Gepp, MP
Mark Gepp MP
Member for Northern Victoria
(Representing both the Hon. Daniel Andrews, Premier and Hon. Richard Wynne MP, Minister for Planning, Housing and Multicultural Affairs)

Mahir Monand
Mahir Momand
CEO and Director
Regional Opportunities Australia

Kris Pavlidis
Kris Pavlidis
Chair Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria

Event Details:

Program: Victorian Multicultural Forum on Employment and Housing
Date: On Friday 29 November 2019
Time: 9:30am for a 10:00am Start
Location Parklake Shepparton, 481 Wyndham Street, Shepparton, 3630
Cost: Free
Bookings: Online at TryBooking
More Information: Sam Atukorala: Phone: (03) 5831 2395
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