The Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District Inc. was established in 1978 as a non profit community based service, comprised of elected representatives from the principal ethnic groups in Shepparton and surrounding districts. Ethnic Council representatives are immediately accountable to their ethnic community members.
The Ethnic Council became a legal entity in 1985 when it became incorporated under the Associations Incorporations Act of 1981. Major achievements since 1985 include:
- Fundraising of $1 million towards the establishment of a Multi-Cultural Hostel for the Aged in 1994
- A strong and durable partnership with Goulburn Ovens Institute of Tafe in providing settlement English and Migrant Education since 1988 strong relationships with ethnic communities and their Associations
- Excellent and collaborative relationships with all of our funding bodies
- Settlement of 4000 Iraqis in the Shepparton/Cobram area during the Iraqi crisis of 2001-03
- Providing forums for community organisations and government bodies to seek advice and information concerning ethnic issues
- Establishment of strong linkages and cooperative arrangements with other regional agencies
- Purchase of Welsford St premises during 2008
- Implementation of the Goulburn Valley Integrated Settlement Planning Committee
- Hosting FECCA biennial conference in 2009
- Ongoing service delivery to new arrival communities: the Iraqi, Congolese, Afghani and Sudanese communities.