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Multicultural Working Party meets

By Erich Weller - Community and Cultural Development Manager
Emailed for posting by Jose Relunia, Jr.
May 23, 2017


Council’s recently formed Multicultural Working Party met for the first time this month allowing representatives of multicultural communities to engage with Council and contribute to social inclusion and community wellbeing in Penrith City.

Approximately 13% or 24,000 residents in the City were born in a non – English speaking country. The Working Party provides advice to Council on issues relating to Multiculturalism and the wellbeing of residents from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds in Penrith City.

Penrith Mayor John Thain said the diversity in Penrith’s population is one of the City’s strengths.

“Council has a responsibility to ensure our services are accessible to all our residents including people from different language and cultural backgrounds,” Cr Thain said.

“The Council and the City are proud that we can continue to build a harmonious community and the Multicultural Working Party will assist Council in achieving this outcome.”

The draft Terms of Reference outlines the aim for the Working Party as:
·       Providing advice on relevant Council policies and procedures.
·       Promoting Penrith as a city that respects multiculturalism and social inclusion.
·       Providing a forum where community members from a multicultural background can raise issues of concern.
·       Assisting Council in identifying strategies to improve access and social inclusion for people from multicultural backgrounds.
·       Supporting Council in providing leadership and advocacy to achieve social inclusion for people from multicultural backgrounds.
The Multicultural Working Party will meet four times per year and includes Councillors Karen McKeown, Aaron Duke and Joshua Hoole.

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