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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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Hunter Hero: Waratah-Mayfield Multicultural Men’s Shed more than just a place to work

The projects constructed at Waratah-Mayfield Men’s Shed are exemplary, but it’s the role the facility plays in helping men’s mental health that matters most. David Inglis, supervisor of the past three years, says the men who frequented the shed often open up and talk about their lives in ways they could never do at home. He…

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Gardens and culture a link between people – Margaret Kenning, Waratah/Mayfield Community Garden

Margaret Kenning tries every bit of exotic food she can. Will try anything at least once, she says. As overseer of the Waratah/Mayfield Community Garden, she couldn’t be in a better place to do so. For nearly the past five years, she’s been a constant at the garden, which is part of Hunter Multicultural Communities (HMC)…

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