International delegates learn from Hume City’s cultural diversity success

International delegates attending a renowned global conference on migration and diversity in Sydney took a detour to Melbourne to understand why Hume is recognised for being a welcoming city for migrants and refugees.

Mayor of Hume City, Councillor Carly Moore welcomed the opportunity to showcase how Hume excelled as a culturally diverse City to an international audience. 

“Hosting the roundtable event following the Metropolis Conference was an invaluable opportunity to demonstrate how a positive and proactive approach to diversity helps build a dynamic and engaged Hume community,” Cr Moore said.

The event was an initiative of Hume City Council, in collaboration with Settlement Services International and Monash University.

It was attended by international delegates, including representatives from the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Germany and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.  

Attendees discussed the work occurring to support resettlement and immigration in Hume City, as well as the programs and services offered by Council, the Hume Interfaith Network, Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre, VicSEG, Foundation House, Victorian Arabic Social Services (VASS) and the Brotherhood of St. Laurence.

Councillor Moore said she was proud to lead a Council that delivered a variety of support programs for its diverse community.

“Our residents come from more than 156 countries and speak just as many different languages,” Cr Moore said.  

“In Hume, we embrace the many languages and cultures that combine to form our community and are so proud to be one of the first local government authorities in Australia to join the Welcoming Cities network.

“Another way we support our community is through the National Community Hubs program; home to 15 of the 72 Australian hubs, this program has thrived in Hume, with more than 4000 visits per year.”  

Other examples of Council’s investment in community strengthening include the:

  • Refugee Expo
  • Events and festivals held annually
  • Local jobs for local people program
  • Community Grants initiatives
  • Immunisation for refugees program
  • Language programs, such as bilingual story time and classes
  • Hume Interfaith Network and Youth Group; and
  • Sporting programs.

Posted on 1:00 PM, 19 November 2018

Updated : 4:58 PM, 19 November 2018

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