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Diversity Matters – Newsletter May 2019

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Mulga the artist to bring pink flamingos to Warners Bay

When former Newcastle Knights player Matt Hilder was in fifth class, he gave Joel Moore a nickname that stuck. Joel recited a Banjo Paterson poem before the class, titled Mulga Bill’s Bicycle. “Hey, it’s Mulga,” Matt had said of Joel. And that was that. Joel had a nickname for life. Funnily enough, Matt scored a…

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Diversity is the word: youth art project makes strong statement

HUNTER suburbs will see their streets enlivened with colourful murals celebrating diversity, thanks to a new program that connects artists with young people and encourages tolerance and social harmony. Hunter Multicultural Communities (HMC) and public art agency The Wall Station have received funding from the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia to launch the program,…

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Diversity Matters – Newsletter March 2019

HMC Newsletter March 2019 – Download and read now (PDF)…

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What does the federal government’s new migration policy mean for the Hunter?

How we structure our migrant intake could change with the federal government wanting to reduce the cap on the nation’s permanent migrant intake. As part of its policy, it is introducing a new skilled worker visa covering 23,000 migrants, but they would have to live in regional areas for at least three years if they…

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Hunter Multicultural Communities opens new cafe at its HQ near Waratah train station

Hunter Multicultural Communities hopes to bring a buzz to its Waratah centre and provide community members with a stepping stone to employment after opening a cafe on Monday. The not-for-profit organisation, based at the old Waratah Bowling Club site across from suburb’s train station, won a grant from Newcastle federal MP Sharon Claydon for the project. Ms Claydon was on…

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MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITIES CENTRE UNVEILS CAFE

The Hunter’s Multicultural Communities Centre at Waratah is now home to a cafe. A small federal government grant helped with the fitout of the new kitchen and the purchase of a coffee machine, counters and fridge. The project has provided a training space for people to learn the ropes as baristas and chefs. Watch the news story…

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Tool kit to help new migrants prevent alcohol harm

CONGOLESE community leader Clement Saidi has implored decision makers in his adopted homeland to invest in alcohol-harm prevention for the sake of displaced African families resettling in the Hunter. An emotional Mr Saidi spoke on Monday about the dreadful impact alcohol was having in Central Africa at the launch of a new guide to ensure…

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St Laurence O’Toole centre at Broadmeadow at centre of feud between Catholic Church and elderly Italian community

TO THE Catholic Church, it is an ambitious plan to transform a community centre at Broadmeadow into a school for troubled youths. We were told this is going to be your place, you could die here basically. This is where you’ll finish your days. Now that’s been said ‘no, it’s not the case’ – Andrea Rufo But the collateral…

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Waratah’s multicultural men’s shed

AUSTRALIA’S first multicultural Men’s Shed will open in Waratah later this year, with building to start within a few weeks. Vice-president of the Ethnic Communities Council in Newcastle and the Hunter Christine Jordan was confident there would be plenty of interest in the shed. The council has already recorded at least 80 expressions of interest.…

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