Grants To Support A Diverse Australia

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Grants to Support a Diverse Australia

23 October 2009

Sixty four local organisations around Australia will be working to promote a sense of belonging with the help of grants announced today by the Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services, Laurie Ferguson.

"Diverse Australia Program grants help local communities tackle issues of intolerance or exclusion. It is important that everyone is included in the community, regardless of their cultural or religious background," Mr Ferguson said.

"We have awarded more than $300 000 to small community organisations such as sporting clubs or craft groups. Community organisations play an important role in linking longer-term residents with newcomers. This work is vital for strong, cohesive communities where everyone has a sense of belonging."

The grants for amounts up to $5000 are offered under the government's Diverse Australia Program (DAP), and the National Action Plan to Build on Social Cohesion, Harmony and Security.

One of this year's successful applicants, the Norwood Bears Volleyball Club, in Brooklyn Park, South Australia, will provide training sessions for the local Afghan community to participate in volleyball competitions as well and the broader life of the club.

The Wonthaggi community in Victoria will have the opportunity to get to know their newest residents, a group of Burmese Karen people, through weekly weaving sessions led by a skilled traditional weaver. The Wonthaggi Karen Association hopes not only to share their skills with locals, but also to form friendships and connections in the community.

"Projects like these open doors for everyone involved. Australians have a long history of welcoming people from around the world, and it is important to support local organisations in continuing this tradition." Mr Ferguson said.

A full list of the successful 2009 Diverse Australia Program and National Action Plan small grants projects can be found at

Media Contact Carla Wilshire 0432 755 935

SOURCE: Laurie Ferguson, Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services

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