Ethnic Voice | March 2019
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Multicultural News and Information

Welcome to the March 2019 edition of Ethnic Voice, the monthly
e-newsletter of Albury-Wodonga Ethnic Communities Council (

News Update
AWECC offers condolences in wake of Christchurch terror attack. AWECC offers our condolences to the families, friends, New Zealand and Muslim communities who've been impacted by the violent and senseless terror attack in Christchurch, NZ on 15 March. Speaking at a Harmony Day gathering in Wodonga on 23 March, AWECC Chairperson Rupinder Kaur described the attack as 'cowardly' and reinforced AWECC's commitment "to do all we can to speak out against hate, intolerance, and racism." The Harmony Day event also included an address from senior members of the Islamic Association of Albury Wodonga and cultural performances from the Border Kiwis
Harmony Day a success across the Border. Hundreds of residents have supported Harmony Day and Cultural Diversity Week celebrations across Albury/Wodonga during March. Some of the events included a Harmony Day and Holi: Festival of Colours event in Albury, and a Harmony Day Community Picnic in Wodonga. Several other gatherings also took place across the community, workplaces, and in local schools and universities. A selection of photo's from the Wodonga event can be viewed here.
More new faces at AWECC. The AWECC team is excited to announce the appointment of Jodie Farrugia to the role of Community Advocacy Officer commencing in April. Jodie, who is from a Maltese migrant family and grew up in Melbourne, has a broad range of experience's working in the educational, creative arts and community development sectors and will be managing AWECC's Women, Family, Health, and Ageing portfolio's. AWECC is also pleased to announce that Christian Bashimbe has been employed as a casual to support the planning and delivery of an African community festival in June 2019. Christian is from a Congolese refugee background and is well connected with the local African diaspora. We wish both of them well in their new roles. Read more about our team here.   
Expressions of Interest - African Festival. AWECC is seeking expressions of interest from performers, dancers, musicians, stall-holders, caters, artists, and other vendors from African backgrounds, for an upcoming African cultural festival scheduled for June 2019. You can register your interest by emailing and requesting an EOI form. 
Multicultural Albury/Wodonga on a page. Did you know that more than one in 10 Albury/Wodonga residents were born overseas? Did you know that Nepali is our most spoken language, other than English? See our snapshot here.
Upcoming Events and Forums
4 April | Gambling Harm forum - Join with us as Associate Professor Sarah MacLean, Arnold Zable (author), and an outstanding line-up of local presenters, explore gambling harm through the lens of culture, vulnerability, and human rights. This is a free, public event from 2.30pm, at La Trobe University, Wodonga. Light refreshments will follow the forum. Click here to register, or contact us for more details.
4 April | Regional Viability: Should migrants be required to live in regional towns? Come along to this thought-provoking discussion on whether migrants should be required to live and work regionally, featuring an outstanding panel of speakers. The forum is being held at La Trobe University from 6pm (registrations from 5.45pm). Click here to register. 
13 April | Songkran 'Thai Lunar New Year' - Celebrate Lunar New Year with AWECC and the North East Multicultural Association (NEMA) at the Cultural Cottage, Wangaratta. See our events page for more details. 
14 April | Cultural Exchange @ MAMA is a monthly group that meets at the Murray Arts Museum Albury (MAMA). Everyone is welcome, including children, and you can meet new people, share food, share stories and be creative. The gatherings are from 2pm. See our events page for more details.
Until 14 April | Art exhibition - The Artists from the Plantation is a video portrait by the Belgian-Congolese poet, musician and filmmaker Baloji of the Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise (CATPC), a cooperative from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The exhibition is being shown at the Murray Arts Museum Albury (MAMA). Read more here
Training & Development
Coming in April - 'Community Leadership and Governance' workshop - Expressions of Interest are currently sought from community members to participate in an upcoming 'Community Leadership and Governance' workshop. Date soon to be confirmed. Contact us to express your interest.
Emerging Leader's Summit - The Mandala Project's Emerging Leader's Summit is on again, this time in Bright on the 2nd to 5th May 2019. To find out more about this hugely popular youth leadership program, click here. A limited number of scholarships are also available to eligible participants.   
Pathways to Care workshop - StandBy Murray is delivering a free, one-day workshop on 5 May 2019 for local service providers, community leaders, and other interested community members, The workshop will increase participants understanding of suicide bereavement, how to support those who are impacted, and to identify local pathways for support. For more information or to register, email by 24 April 2019.
Workshop: Introduction to the Media - Register your interest in this 'Introduction to Media' workshop and learn new skills to engage with the print, television, and radio media. AWECC is releasing dates soon for May 2019. The workshop will suit those who officially, or unofficially, represent a community or community group as spokespeople. Contact us to register your interest.
2019 Welcoming Cities Symposium will bring together policy-makers, practitioners, researchers, settlement agencies and community stakeholders from across the migration and settlement sectors. The event is presented by the Welcoming Cities initiative. The forum is in Brisbane on April 2-3. To register, click here.
Employment and Volunteering
Join our 'African Festival' steering committee as a volunteer and help us deliver a great event for the whole community. To find out more or to express your interest, please contact us.
Grants and Scholarships
Scholarship available - Emerging Leader's SUMMIT. AWECC is offering sponsorship for one young person from a refugee or migrant background to take part in The Manadala Project's upcoming Emerging Leader's SUMMIT in Bright, Victoria on 2-5 May 2019. To nominate for a scholarship, please contact us before 9 am on 22 April.
Multicultural Festivals and Events Grants - The application closing date for the Victorian Multicultural Commission's Multicultural Festivals and Events Program has been extended to midnight on 29 March 2019. Click here for more information. 
2AY & EDGE FM Community Chest. In partnership with Border Trust, the Geoff & Helen Handbury Foundation, ACE Radio 2AY & Edge FM submissions are being sought from not-for-profit, community organisations seeking to deliver community-based projects within Border Communities. Applications close 15 April 2019. Click here for more details.
Resources and Services
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.
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.
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.
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. We take great care to ensure the information we publish is accurate and representative of our membership, however, 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 welcome feedback and suggestions for our monthly e-newsletter.
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