Greater Shepparton Candidate Allan Turner gives a statement on the meaning of multiculturalism and the services required.
Greater Shepparton Council Elections
All candidates were asked to respond to these questions.
- What does multiculturalism mean to Shepparton?
- What specific services should Council provide to support these communities?
Responses in ballot paper order are given herewith without comment.
What does multiculturalism mean to Shepparton?
Shepparton is very lucky to have such a diverse and strong multicultural community. It is one reason why Greater Shepparton region has growth in both business and community. We have a wide range of skills and cultures which the many ethnic groups bring to our region. I feel we are very thankful for every person and family that has chosen to reside in our community. Shepparton is now well known for our multiculturalism and I am keen to support further growth where I can build strong relationships to support any needs and concerns if elected.
What specific services should council provide to support these communities?
- I would like to get know and understand more about what is needed directly from the wide range of different multicultural groups, before I start writing down, or even suggesting, what I feel is needed.
- Once I become fully aware of your needs and requests for a more cohesive community, then I shall be in a better position to be a stronger voice.
- With the aim to build a stronger community at all levels with the help from those who need and seek support. My promise to you is that I will spend time with you, to bring my understanding up to speed.
Source: Candidate’s statements supplied to Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District.