Ethnic Voice | May 2019
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Multicultural News and Information
for the Albury-Wodonga region

 Welcome to Ethnic Voice, the monthly e-newsletter of
Albury-Wodonga Ethnic Communities Council (AWECC).

AWECC commits to reconciliation and partnership - AWECC has committed to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) over the next 12 months. The aim of the plan - which will be released during National Reconciliation Week 2020 - is to develop greater understanding and stronger partnerships with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and to identify specific actions AWECC can take through its programs and services, to improve engagement and outcomes with local Aboriginal communities. Click here to read more.
ECCV CEO visits Wodonga - New CEO of the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV), Mr Chris Christoforou, visited Wodonga on 30 May 2019 to meet with local ethnic and faith leaders. Mr Christoforou was warmly welcomed by about 20 community leaders at a luncheon at La Maison Restaurant in Wodonga. Read more here.
New swimming program to keep culturally diverse young people safe - The Wodonga Senior Secondary College will deliver a swimming program for 25 students from July 2019. The school, in partnership with AWECC and the Murray Valley Sanctuary Refugee Group, was successful in securing funding for the program through a Wodonga Council community grant and will see year 10 to 12 students from diverse refugee and migrant backgrounds undertake weekly swimming lessons and open-water safety program. The program aims to increase the student's safety, confidence and general wellbeing.
Seniors LINK is back! Multicultural Seniors LINK is a monthly program for multicultural older people, over 50 years of age. Come together once a month, met new people, learn from each other and try new activities at the Felltimber Community Centre, 189 Melrose Drive Wodonga. Transport available. Seniors LINK is funded through the Department of Health and Human Services (Victoria). For more details or to register, contact Jodie on (02) 6024 6895 or email to
Culture Club at Gateway Health - Artist Allyson Evans facilitated a fun and interactive Culture Club on 17 May 2019. Attendees also farewelled Culture Club's long-time facilitator, Karin Stahl. See pictures here
Upcoming events
15 June | Women's Empowerment Forum - Inspirational speaker, lawyer and human rights advocate, Fadak Alfayadh, will be speaking in Wodonga as part of the Women's Empowerment Forum. The forum brings together women from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds and local service providers to build stronger relationships and understanding to empower women in the community. Come along and be empowered, build stronger relationships, share stories and meet with local services. From 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at The Hothouse Theatre Hume Bank Butter Factory Theatre Wodonga. Admission is free. Click here for details.  
16 to 23 June | The Refugee Experience is Albury-Wodonga's main Refugee Week event for 2019 and a unique opportunity to hear and experience stories of community members from refugee backgrounds as they guide you through a simulated refugee journey. Bookings are now open. Bookings are now open for tours between 16 to 23 June with an opening event on 16 June from 12:15 pm. Click here to book your guided tour or read more here.
17 June | Film Screening: "Human Flow" - During Refugee Week, the documentary film “Human Flow” is being screened on Monday 17th June at the Lecture Theatre, Wodonga Senior Secondary College. Captured over the course of an eventful year, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe in countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey. Tickets are free. Book your seat here.
21 to 22 June | AfroBeat Festival 2019 at The Cube Wodonga. Experience the rhythm of drums, the energy of dance, and hearts beating together at the AfroBeat Festival 2019. Immerse yourself with the warm hospitality, passion and amazing musical performances, famous across Africa, right here in Albury-Wodonga. Starting Friday with a cultural night and continuing on Saturday with an African marketplace. Tickets from $5, and children under 12 years free. Book tickets or find out more here.
Book your ticket now!
23 June | Culture Connect at MAMA. Join in as Australian-Venezuelan artist Nadia Hernandez leads a collaborative textile workshop culminating in a shared banner. Get creative, have fun and meet new people. At the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA). All welcome. Click here to find out more. 
Various dates in June | Events in the Alpine Valleys and North East Victoria - There are various multicultural events and programs happening across Wangaratta, Benalla, Mansfield, Alpine and Indigo Shires in June. Click here to see what's on. 
Training & Workshops
12 June 2019 | Core Concepts in Working with People from Refugee Backgrounds - This one-day introductory workshop in Albury is designed to put a framework of understanding around working with people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. It focuses on understanding the link between what refugees have been through, the impact of torture and other traumatic events, the stressors of detention, resettlement and cultural transition. It explores how to work in a trauma informed and culturally competent way that promotes recovery and fosters feelings of trust, safety and control, while minimising the risk of retraumatisation. Cost $249 ($199 concession). Register here.
13 June 2019 | 'Accidental' Counsellors: Responding to Refugee Trauma Related Behaviours - This one-day workshop in Albury has been designed to give workers not trained as counsellors some basic tips and skills for how to recognise and deal with difficult behaviours in the workplace. It is mostly practical and focuses on a series of case studies and role plays to develop skills in dealing with trauma reactions. It is assumed that participants have attended an introductory workshop by STARTTS such as the Core Concepts or equivalent. Cost $249 ($199 concession). Register here.
19 June 2019 | Tax in Australia (Information Sessions) - With 'tax time' coming up, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is delivering community education sessions for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) community members to learn about how the Australian tax and superannuation (or ‘super’) systems work. Come along and have your tax and super questions answered. There are two session times: At 2:30pm we will have a Nepali interpreter and at 4:00 pm we will have a Swahili interpreter. All welcome (either session). Bookings are not required. Enquiries to or call (02) 6024 6895.
29 June 2019 | Workshop - 'Leading Communities Together' - This one-day workshop in Wodonga is for community members and leaders, particularly from migrant and refugee backgrounds, who would like to develop and strengthen their skills in community leadership, governance and committee involvement. Delivered by Alpine Valleys Community Leadership, the workshop will help you get more effective and organised within your group, understand how committees work, and how you and others on the committee can get your voices heard. Expressions of Interest close 19 June 2019. Click here for more details.
Find out more and apply here.
Employment and Volunteering
AfroBeat Festival 2019 - Volunteer 'Expressions of Interest' - AWECC is seeking expressions of interest for volunteers to assist at the upcoming AfroBeat Festival 2019 on 21-22 June. You can register your interest by email at or by phone (02) 6024 6895.
Do you have any employment or volunteering opportunities you'd like to share? You can send the details to us at
Grants and Scholarships
Do you have any grant opportunities or scholarships you'd like to share? You can send the details to us at
Resources and Services
Victoria Legal Aid – Get help in your own languageVictoria Legal Aid helps people with legal problems. You can find information about what they do in a range of languages here. They can also arrange interpreters and give information about the law in languages other than English over the phone.
Consumer Affairs Victoria resources are available in a range of other languages, click here for information in your language. You can also get information and advice in languages other than English, by calling 131 450 during business hours and asking for an interpreter in your language to call 1300 558 181. 
Your Body, Your Choice - This 'Your Body, Your Choise' factsheet is a multi-language resource containing important information for students, and others, who have experienced sexual assault. The resource includes key messages specifically tailored to international students. The resource is available in 11 different languages. The resource was developed by Redfern Legal Centre, City of Sydney and Study NSW and can be accessed by clicking here.
BeyondHousing translated resources are now available in several languages, including Swahili, Tagalog, Dari, Punjabi and Arabic. Click here to find out more about how BeyondHousing can assist you and your community or contact one of their regional offices here.
StandBy Murray provides support to individuals, families, and communities bereaved or impacted by suicide. StandBy is available 24/7 via telephone or face-to-face support and interpreters are available. Click here to find out more, or call 0439 173 310.
Gambling support in your language. Gambler's Help offers free and confidential advice or counselling, including to people who speak languages other than English. Contact your local Gambler's Help team on (02) 6055 3043.
2019 Multifaith Calendar. Various holy days and festivals are held throughout the year for various faiths including Baha'i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. A comprehensive list is posted on the Faith Communities’ Council of Victoria website.
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Disclaimer: The information and articles included in Ethnic Voice have been collected from a range of sources, including from our stakeholders, for the interest and information of all our readers. Although we take care to ensure the information we publish is accurate and representative of our membership, some information, especially third-party information, may not necessarily reflect the views of AWECC or our members, nor should its inclusion be seen to necessarily constitute our endorsement. We always welcome feedback and suggestions.
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