CaLD Forum addresses City’s multicultural needs

Published on Monday 2 July, 2018

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More than 90 representatives of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) groups and organisations mixed and mingled with Mayor Glenn Dewhurst and Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Paul Papalia at a community forum hosted by the City of Gosnells this week.

The forum, held in partnership with the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI), provided an opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to talk about how the City can better support the local multicultural community into the future.

Mayor Dewhurst said attendees also had the opportunity to register for one-on-one sessions with City of Gosnells and OMI representatives to discuss their specific needs.

“Feedback from the event was incredibly positive, with many attendees telling me they were looking forward to working with the City, establishing networks and presenting diverse initiatives to the community,” Mayor Dewhurst said.

“The City of Gosnells is one of the most culturally diverse local governments in Western Australia, with 43 per cent of our residents born overseas, 32 per cent speaking a language other than English at home, and more than 40 religions practised in the City.

“With this in mind, it is important that we recognise the benefits that multiculturalism brings while ensuring we can embrace innovation, creativity and prosperity while building a fairer community for everyone.”

Forum attendees were entertained by the William Langford Community House Salad Bowl Choir, whose members reflect the multiculturalism of the City.

“There are still some opportunites for people who were unable to attend the forum to register for one-on-one sessions on Wednesday 4 July, at Mills Park,” Mayor Dewhurst said.

For more information or to book a session time, phone 9391 6022 or email community@gosnells.wa.gov.au.