Cultural roundtable formed to ‘strengthen the community and the various faiths and cultures’

Betul TunaRepresentatives from various cultural and Aboriginal communities, the Victorian Multicultural Commission, government departments and agencies, Greater Shepparton City Council, and the Greater Shepparton Secondary College will form a roundtable to meet later this month.


Groups from across Shepparton will be coming together to tackle the broader trends of racism and lack of social inclusion across the city.

Representatives from various cultural and Aboriginal communities, the Victorian Multicultural Commission, government departments and agencies, Greater Shepparton City Council, and the Greater Shepparton Secondary College will form a roundtable to meet later this month.

The group will consider actions and strategies to strengthen cultural inclusion across the Shepparton community to reinforce and support action already being taken at local schools.

Victorian Multicultural Commission chairperson Vivienne Nguyen will co-chair the roundtable and said it was an important step for Shepparton.

“Shepparton is one of regional Victoria’s most diverse communities – so it’s vital we do everything we can to ensure it remains strong and cohesive,” Ms Nguyen said.

“The roundtable will look at long-term, meaningful action we can take to strengthen the community and the various faiths and cultures that call it home.”

Her co-chair Betul Tuna, who is the Point of Difference Studio executive manager and an Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District staff member, said “communities are committed to working together to remove the barriers to ensure that everyone has equality of access and opportunity”.

Members of the roundtable will include the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc., the Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District, the Department of Education, the Centre for Multicultural Youth and Victoria Police.

Multicultural Affairs Minister Ros Spence applauded the creation of the roundtable.

“We welcome the formation of the roundtable that will assist in devising important practical actions to support the community,” Ms Spence said.

 

 


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