Harmony funding for local multicultural group

With Harmony Day Celebrations in the pipeline, the City of Greater Geraldton has handed over the reins to the Mid West Multicultural Association (MWMA) to organise the event in Geraldton.

In the past, the MWMA has partnered with the City to stage the event; however this year for the first time, the MWMA will go it alone.

To assist with the 2013 Harmony Day Celebrations which is themed - Many Stories One Australia - City Mayor, Ian Carpenter, recently presented a cheque for $15,000 to the MWMA for the celebrations at Maitland Park between 10am and 2pm; and the Harmony Dinner at the Queen Elizabeth II Seniors and Community Centre that night.

Mr Carpenter said WA is the most culturally diverse state of Australia embracing 200 different cultural backgrounds.

“Council has been happy to support the Mid West Multicultural Association with Harmony Day over the years, however recognises it is time to hand over the reins completely,” he said.

The MWMA assists migrants to settle in the Mid West, providing social networks, improving access to mainstream government and non-government services and promoting understanding and acceptance of people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

For further information about Harmony Day or the Mid West Multicultural Association, visit their website on www.midwestmulticulturalassociation.org or call Mid West Multicultural Association Community Engagement Officer, Bukola Esin on (08) 9964 6728.