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This article was published on 15 June 2012. The information contained within may be out of date or inaccurate. News articles and media releases older than 60 days are archived for future reference.
Greater Shepparton City Council will be taking part in Refugee Week celebrations between Sunday 17 June and Saturday 23 June.
Deputy Mayor Chris Hazelman said Refugee Week provided a platform where positive images of refugees could be promoted in order to create a culture of welcome throughout the country.
"The ultimate aim of the celebration is to create better understanding between different communities and to encourage successful integration enabling refugees to live in safety and to continue making a valuable contribution to Australia," Cr Hazelman said.
Council, in partnership with The Ethnic Council, GOTAFE, Uniting Care Cutting Edge, Relationships Australia, Family Relationships Centre, Family Care, Shepparton Interfaith Network, ABC Open and Word and Mouth will be hosting the following events:
Monday 18 June, 7.00 - 9.00pm
Harder Auditorium, GOTAFE, Fryers Street Shepparton.
Screening three locally produced short films about refugees that have settled in the Goulburn Valley.
- A Taste of Harmony 2012 (Shepparton Interfaith Network, 2012),
- GV Refugees (ABC Open Project, 2011), stories from nine refugees as told through ABC Open's One on One: Goulburn Valley project.
- Kaleidoscope - Reflections of young people in Greater Shepparton (Word and Mouth Project, 2009)
Tea and coffee will be available. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 58329527 for more information.
Maude Street Mall lunch
Friday 22 June, 12.00pm-2.30pm.
Free BBQ lunch, a "where in the world are you from?" and a Banner of Hope activity.
Vegetarian and Halal food available.
For more information about Refugee Week, contact Council's Culture and Community Strengthening Branch on 5832 9700.
- Released 15 June 2012