Multicultural Boost For The Loddon Campaspe Region

19 October 2016

Loddon Campaspe locals are set to strengthen ties with multicultural and diverse communities with a funding boost announced by the Andrews Labor Government today.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott and Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards announced $920,000 for the Bendigo Cultural Inclusion project.

The Greater Bendigo City Council will partner with Bendigo Community Health Services and Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services to work with new migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, as well as broader community groups and workplaces.

The Bendigo Cultural Inclusion Project aims to:

  • Increase the social inclusion and participation of multicultural communities
  • Strengthen the organisational capacity of multicultural groups
  • Strengthen employment and health outcomes for multicultural residents
  • Increase cultural awareness in workplaces throughout the region.

Importantly, the funding aims to increase cultural inclusion of workplaces through awareness and unconscious bias training, the development of short videos that highlight institutional discrimination and demonstrate inclusive practices of recruitment.

The Labor Government actively supports our multicultural communities, providing the largest ever dedicated allocation to the multicultural affairs portfolio.

This includes comprehensive funding for local communities, initiatives to promote inclusion, festivals and events, community infrastructure and settlement support for refugees and asylum seekers.

The Government’s multicultural community grant programs not only help improve access to services and provide opportunities to promote a shared sense of belonging, but also strengthen cultural, social, educational and economic ties for all Victorians.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott

“The Andrews Labor Government supports a thriving, diverse community.”

“This funding will go a long way in strengthening ties with multicultural groups across the region and ensuring they have the support they need, when they need it.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“This partnership between the Greater Bendigo City Council, the Bendigo Community Health Services and the Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services will support an inclusive community and build on the important partnerships between community groups and service providers across the region.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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