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7 July 2020
Bright Sparks – achieving through pathways to employment
Photo: Ameyo Elizabeth Ameganvi (second on the left) mentoring participants at an AMRC volunteer induction training session in February 2020.

Ameyo Elizabeth Ameganvi was born in Togo and at the age of five, she left Togo and moved to Ghana as a refugee. She arrived in Australia in 2007. She graduated with first class honours in her Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of South Australia in 2019. She has launched her own social enterprise in fashion, with half of the profits going towards assisting orphans in rural areas of Togo. She volunteered at the AMRC and has recently started working as a case manager in the youth area at Anglicare SA.

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7 July 2020
Bright Sparks – achieving through pathways to employment
Photo: Ethan Trinh (middle) at the DriveAbout App Launch in 2019.

“My father volunteered with the AMRC and he inspired me with stories of how one person can make a difference. He was right. I also completed my Year 10 work placement at the AMRC. I helped people in reading and writing. I also learned leadership and teamwork.” Ethan, aged 17, was born in Australia. His father and grandparents were born in Vietnam. He completed his work placement with the AMRC. He was trained as a volunteer and participated in the AMRC’s Youth Leadership and Empowerment Program.

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7 July 2020
Bright Sparks – achieving through pathways to employment
Photo: Hari Chhetri (far right) and Damber Chhetri (next to Hari) with other AMRC volunteers at the South Australian Migrant Small Business Expo in 2018.

Hari Chhetri is working at Jack Young Centre in Salisbury and is a board member at the Morella Community Centre. Both Hari and his wife Damber Chhetri were resettled in South Australia in May 2018, after spending 26 years as refugees in Nepal. “We were prepared for our new life in Australia. We both speak English, and with the support of many services including the AMRC, we felt at home and welcomed,” Hari said. Hari worked as a diplomat for the Royal Government of Bhutan for 15 years at offshore posts including India, the United Nations in New York and Kuwait.

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6 July 2020
Bright Sparks – achieving through pathways to employment
Photo: Sam Seo presenting at the Youth Symposium by the AMRC and Commissioner for Children and Young People SA in 2018.

Recently, Sam Seo was promoted as a Program Coordinator (Computing & IT) of the Higher Education Program at the Eynesbury Senior College in Adelaide. Previously, he worked as a lecturer at the college and also coordinated pathways to tertiary education for migrants and international students from India, Pacific Islands, China and Nepal. He was born in Malaysia, and studied and worked in the Solomon Islands. Despite his skillset and being multilingual in lanaguges including Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese and Bahasa Malaysian, he found it challenging to get a job.

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30 June 2020
Novel Coronavirus Community Update – Department of Home Affairs

Dear Community Leaders
Thank you again for your level of engagement with us and the support you have offered to your communities through the immediate response and now into our recovery phase.

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24 June 2020
Stories of Achievement from Families of Migrant Background
Photo: Hebang Zhang and Baojiao Wu (credit: John Scarvelis Facebook Page 2020)

Three migrant families of Chinese background living in Murray Bridge were visited by the Chair of the Murraylands Multicultural Network John Scarvelis and Murraylands MRC Settlement Officer Bao Luo. The families come from Minqing County located in the eastern Fujian Province of China and have used agriculture to keep themselves busy amid Coronavirus by growing winter vegetables. Among the families visited were Hebang Zhang and his wife Baojiao Wu, who have resided in Murray Bridge for 15 years. Hebang worked for Thomas Foods International and now works at a mushroom farm alongside 80 other people of Chinese background from Murray Bridge.

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22 June 2020
UniSA leads community engagement with ARC Linkage Grants
Written by University of South Australia.

Media Release, 22 May 2020

The University of South Australia has been awarded almost $1.5 million in research grants through the ARC Linkage Grants Scheme, which will be matched with almost $3 million in cash and in-kind support from industry and stakeholder partners, to conduct research projects designed to improve sustainability and community wellbeing.

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22 June 2020
Stories of Achievement from New Australians of Refugee Background

Vannady is 31 years old and arrived in Australia with his family in 2019. He is of Cambodian background and received assistance from the AMRC’s Specialised and Intensive Services (SIS) Program. The SIS Program assisted Vannady to apply for NDIS which was successful. He was referred to the AMRC’s NDIS Program after receiving his NDIS plan. Through the NDIS Program, he receives support coordination and core supports with the assistance of an AMRC support worker of Cambodian background who speaks Khmer – Vannady’s language.

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22 June 2020
Stories of Achievement from New Australians of Refugee Background
Photo: Sadiki painting The Great Wall of Cultures mural.

Sadiki Kamuldele of Congolese background lived near the Congo/Rwanda border for 21 years. He was 21 years old when he fled to a refugee camp in Zambia in 2003. He lived in the camp for 13 years and arrived in Mount Gambier in 2015. When he arrived in Mount Gambier, Sadiki expressed an interest in developing his artistic skills. His desire was to paint murals after learning how to paint them while living in refugee camps. The Mount Gambier MRC linked Sadiki with various individuals and organisations to open opportunities for him. Sadiki started off by painting murals on a volunteer basis and quickly became well-respected and admired as a local artist.

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22 June 2020
World Refugee Day Video Launch 2020
Photo credit: Manet Multimedia 2020

World Refugee Day Video Launch by His Excellency The Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia, acknowledging and celebrating the strength, courage and perseverance of refugees globally.
Eugenia Tsoulis OAM
Convenor, SA Refugee Week Committee
Chief Executive Officer, AMRC

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19 June 2020
Stories of Achievement from New Australians of Refugee Background

Marwa Naji, aged 18, arrived in Australia with her family in 2016. Her family fled the Syrian war and sought refuge in Jordon until they were resettled in Australia. “The main thing I struggled with when I first came to Australia was the language and communicating with others.” She overcame this by attending school, making friends and participating in the AMRC’s Youth Empowerment and Leadership Program, which helped to further develop her confidence and leadership skills. She had an ATAR score of 89 and was accepted to study a Bachelor of Podiatry at the University of South Australia.

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19 June 2020
Stories of Achievement from New Australians of Refugee Background

Since a young age, Nyiel Kon Dhal has always wanted to become a news reader. “When I was young, I made up my mind to become a news reader and to report on inspiring people.” She is in her first year of studying a Bachelor of Communication and Professional Writing degree at the University of South Australia, while working part-time. She worked as a football umpire with the South Australian National Football League for a year and played for the Koala Netball team based in Elizabeth. She has produced videos for musical and cultural events in the South Sudanese community.

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16 June 2020
SA Refugee Week Video Launch 2020
Photo credit: Manet Multimedia 2020

Refugee Week 2020
Reflecting and acknowledging the courage, resilience, contribution and achievements of refugees globally and the many Australians of refugee background who have helped make our country a multicultural success!
Eugenia Tsoulis OAM
Convenor, SA Refugee Week Committee
Chief Executive Officer, AMRC

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12 June 2020
Launch of Youth Poster Exhibition and Awards, and Launch of SA Refugee Week
Photo credit: Manet Multimedia 2019

A year ago today was the Launch of Youth Poster Exhibition and Awards, and Launch of SA Refugee Week. Stay tuned for our SA Refugee Week Video Launch by The Honourable Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier, happening today and the World Refugee Day Video Launch by His Excellency The Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia, happening next Friday 19 June 2020.

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2 June 2020
A message from the AMRC

AMRC Telephone and Emergency Services Contacts

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29 May 2020
Message from the Premier and Assistant Minister to the Premier

We have announced important changes to South Australia’s Roadmap for Easing COVID-19 Restrictions.

To fast-track our road to recovery in a safe and responsible way, step 2 has been brought forward to June 1.

Multicultural community centres and places of worship will now be permitted to have 20 people per room, up to a maximum of 80, on their premises as long as they comply with appropriate safeguards and honour the social distancing measures.

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28 May 2020
SA Employment Opportunities

Some current and near future employment opportunities in SA.

1. Harvest Workers – Port Augusta (135 positions)
Port Augusta | Casual position
We require between 80-135 people to assist in picking and packing Truss grown glasshouse tomatoes in Port Augusta. Work will commence June through to November 2020 and is expected to last for a period of 6 to 9…

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26 May 2020
Escaping ISIS: Terror and Survival
Picture: Sandra Morello
As published in The Border Watch
Written by Sandra Morello.

Photo: A story of survival: Ahmed Murad reflects on his life as he sits along Mount Gambier’s rail corridor.

Mount Gambier migrant reveals heart-breaking journey and fears for family in Iraq as he builds new life in Australia

Ahmed Murad is determined to share his harrowing story in a final act of resistance and hope.

Sitting motionless at the Mount Gambier Migrant Resource Centre, Ahmed struggles to articulate the horror unleashed on his family and homeland.

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15 May 2020
Coronavirus messaging translators step up in their communities to fight against misinformation
As published in ABC South East SA
Written by Bec Whetham.

Photo: Vincent Uwimana (right) has been translating coronavirus information for local Congolese (Credit: ABC South East SA, Bec Whetham).

Vincent Uwimana did not set out intending to be the go-to source of coronavirus health information for his Congolese community.

But when he discovered some people were relying on traditional medicines to prevent coronavirus — like inhaling onion, orange, and hot water — the 26-year-old knew he had to do something.

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14 May 2020
Coronavirus & Multilingual Telephone Service Video: English Language
Video credit: Manet Multimedia 2020

This video is part of the collaboration between the AMRC and African Communities Council of SA (ACCSA), informing on precautions to take and the multilingual telephone service implemented by the AMRC and ACCSA amid Coronavirus. Stay tuned for the final part of the cultural video project.

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14 May 2020
Coronavirus & Multilingual Telephone Service Video: English Language
Video credit: Manet Multimedia 2020

This video featured Mabok Deng Mabok Marial, Chairperson of the African Communities Council of SA (ACCSA) and is part of the collaboration between the AMRC and ACCSA, informing on precautions to take and the multilingual telephone service implemented by the AMRC and ACCSA amid Coronavirus. Stay tuned for more videos to come in different languages.

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14 May 2020
Coronavirus & Multilingual Telephone Service Video: Dinka Language
Video credit: Manet Multimedia 2020

This video featured South Australia Police Community Constable Dr. Juma Abuyi speaking in the Dinka language and is part of the collaboration between the AMRC and African Communities Council of SA (ACCSA), informing on precautions to take and the multilingual telephone service implemented by the AMRC and ACCSA amid Coronavirus. Stay tuned for more videos to come in different languages.

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12 May 2020
Launch of Living and Working in Regional South Australia Report

The launch of the Living and Working in Regional South Australia: A Case Study of Three Towns report was launched on Friday 8th of May 2020 by The Honourable Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier and hosted by the Rural City of Murray Bridge Mayor Brenton Lewis at the council chambers. The report was a collaboration between the AMRC and Hugo Research Centre for Migration, Population and Housing, University of Adelaide. To obtain a copy of the report, visit the publication section of the AMRC website.

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12 May 2020
Coronavirus & Multilingual Telephone Service: Cultural Video Project Part 1
Video credit: Manet Multimedia 2020

Part one of the cultural video project by the AMRC and African Communities Council of SA (ACCSA), informing on precautions to take and the multilingual telephone service implemented by the AMRC and ACCSA amid Coronavirus. Stay tuned for part two of the project.

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11 May 2020
Coronavirus & Multilingual Telephone Service Video: English Language
Video credit: Manet Multimedia 2020

This video featured South Australia Police Community Constable Dr. Juma Abuyi and is part of the collaboration between the AMRC and the African Communities Council of SA (ACCSA), informing on precautions to take and the multilingual telephone service implemented by the AMRC and ACCSA amid Coronavirus. Stay tuned for more videos to come in different languages.

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11 May 2020
Coronavirus & Multilingual Telephone Service Video: Dari Language
Video credit: Manet Multimedia 2020

This video featured Yasin Hassanyar, Chairperson of Multicultural Youth Link SA, speaking in the Dari language and is part of the collaboration between the AMRC and the African Communities Council of SA (ACCSA), informing on precautions to take and the multilingual telephone service implemented by the AMRC and ACCSA amid Coronavirus. Stay tuned for more videos to come in different languages.

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11 May 2020
Coronavirus & Multilingual Telephone Service Video: Arabic Language
Video credit: Manet Multimedia 2020

This video featured AMRC staff Sara Al-Kufish speaking in the Arabic language and is part of the collaboration between the AMRC and the African Communities Council of SA (ACCSA), informing on precautions to take and the multilingual telephone service implemented by the AMRC and ACCSA amid Coronavirus. Stay tuned for more videos to come in different languages.

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11 May 2020
Coronavirus & Multilingual Telephone Service Video: Kissi Language
Video credit: Manet Multimedia 2020

This video featured George Fomba, Chairperson of Diompillor Kissia SA, speaking in the Kissi language and is part of the collaboration between the AMRC and the African Communities Council of SA (ACCSA), informing on precautions to take and the multilingual telephone service implemented by the AMRC and ACCSA amid Coronavirus. Stay tuned for more videos to come in different languages.

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11 May 2020
Coronavirus & Multilingual Telephone Service Video: English Language
Video credit: Manet Multimedia 2020

This video featured George Fomba, Chairperson of Diompillor Kissia SA and is part of the collaboration between the AMRC and the African Communities Council of SA (ACCSA), informing on precautions to take and the multilingual telephone service implemented by the AMRC and ACCSA amid Coronavirus. Stay tuned for more videos to come in different languages.

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8 May 2020
Coronavirus & Multilingual Telephone Service Video: Liberian English Language
Video credit: Manet Multimedia 2020

This video featured George Fomba, Chairperson of Diompillor Kissia SA, speaking in the Liberian English language and is part of the collaboration between the AMRC and the African Communities Council of SA (ACCSA), informing on precautions to take and the multilingual telephone service implemented by the AMRC and ACCSA amid Coronavirus. Stay tuned for more videos to come in different languages.

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8 May 2020
Coronavirus & Multilingual Telephone Service Video: Punjabi Language
Video credit: Manet Multimedia 2020

This video is in the Punjabi language and is part of the collaboration between the AMRC and the African Communities Council of SA (ACCSA), informing on precautions to take and the multilingual telephone service implemented by the AMRC and ACCSA amid Coronavirus. Stay tuned for more videos to come in different languages.

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8 May 2020
Coronavirus & Multilingual Telephone Service Video: Hindi Language
Video credit: Manet Multimedia 2020

This video is in the Hindi language and is part of the collaboration between the AMRC and the African Communities Council of SA (ACCSA), informing on precautions to take and the multilingual telephone service implemented by the AMRC and ACCSA amid Coronavirus. Stay tuned for more videos to come in different languages.

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6 May 2020
Coronavirus & Multilingual Telephone Service Video: AMRC
Video credit: Manet Multimedia 2020

This video featured Michelle Dieu, Manager of the Northern Area MRC and is part of the collaboration between the AMRC and the African Communities Council of SA (ACCSA), informing on the multilingual telephone service implemented by the AMRC and ACCSA amid Coronavirus. Stay tuned for more videos to come in different languages.

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6 May 2020
Coronavirus & Multilingual Telephone Service Video: Krio Language
Video credit: Manet Multimedia 2020

This video is in the Krio language and is part of the collaboration between the AMRC and the African Communities Council of SA (ACCSA), informing on precautions to take and the multilingual telephone service implemented by the AMRC and ACCSA amid Coronavirus. Stay tuned for more videos to come in different languages.

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6 May 2020
Coronavirus & Multilingual Telephone Service Video: Igbo Language
Video credit: Manet Multimedia 2020

This video is in the Igbo language and is part of the collaboration between the AMRC and the African Communities Council of SA (ACCSA), informing on precautions to take and the multilingual telephone service implemented by the AMRC and ACCSA amid Coronavirus. Stay tuned for more videos to come in different languages.

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5 May 2020
Coronavirus & Multilingual Telephone Service: Settlement Council of Australia

A case study on the video collaboration between the AMRC and African Communities Council of SA (ACCSA) featured in the Settlement Council of Australia’s (SCoA) newsletter released in May 2020. View the case study below:

At a Glance:

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4 May 2020
Refugee Achievers
Photo: Biak and Soe Thet

Biak aged 24 and Soe Thet aged 34 are originally from Myanmar and worked in the tradie industry in Malaysia before being resettled in South Australia in 2018. Biak was an air conditioning technician and Soe Thet was a tiler. Biak worked at a winery in the Barossa Valley and is attending the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) at TAFE SA. Biak hopes to become a qualified air conditioning technician. Soe Thet is undertaking the Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) Program at TAFE SA and is preparing for White Card Training. Both wish to become qualified tradies and have enlisted the help of the AMRC to achieve their employment pathways.

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4 May 2020
Coronavirus & Multilingual Telephone Service Video: Swahili Language
Video credit: Manet Multimedia 2020

This video is in the Swahili language and is part of the collaboration between the AMRC and the African Communities Council of SA (ACCSA), informing on precautions to take and the multilingual telephone service implemented by the AMRC and ACCSA amid Coronavirus. Stay tuned for more videos to come in different languages.

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29 April 2020
Coronavirus & Multilingual Telephone Service: AMRC and ACCSA Video Collaboration
Video credit: Manet Multimedia 2020
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28 April 2020
Launch of a New Report into Migrant Settlement in Regional Towns
Photo: Eugenia Tsoulis OAM, CEO, AMRC; The Hon. Nick McBride M.P. Member for MacKillop; and Erika Vickery OAM, Mayor, Naracoorte Lucindale Council April 2020.

Media Release, 23 April 2020

A new report which documents research into the experiences of migrants settling in the regional towns of Naracoorte, Murray Bridge and Bordertown has been launched by the Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC).

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28 April 2020
Essential Care Packages

AMRC volunteers distributing essential care packages to migrant and refugee women and their children amid Coronavirus.

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21 April 2020
Refugee Achievers
Photo: Khual (far left) volunteering at the South Australia Migrant Small Business Expo in August 2019.

Khual was a teacher in Myanmar before fleeing to Thailand and then to Malaysia. Khual and his wife were resettled in South Australia in 2017.  He has completed both an Aged Care and Disability course through Equals International. He also undertook the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) at TAFE SA. He was trained by the AMRC as a bilingual volunteer in leadership, event management and interpreting. He speaks several languages well. “My volunteer placement has provided me with employable skills as a professional. The AMRC has provided me with an entry point in the Australian job market and it has given me an edge.

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20 April 2020
ABC Radio Breakfast Program
Credit: ABC Radio Breakfast Program 2020

Recently, the Mount Gambier MRC Manager Anelia Blackie featured on the ABC Radio Breakfast Program with presenter Selina Green. The interview explored the impact Coronavirus has had on migrant and refugee communities. To listen to the interview, visit the ABC Radio website.

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16 April 2020
Refugee Achievers
Photo: Khup Lam Tuang and Thang Sawn Lien fixing a door.

Khup Lam Tuang (aged 23) and Thang Sawn Lien (aged 21) were young when their mother passed away. They fled Myanmar and were reunited with their father in Kuala Lumpur where they sought refuge. Both brothers worked in restaurants and learned the local dialects. They were finally resettled in South Australia in late 2017 with their father. With support from the AMRC, Khup has completed the first term of his Stage 1 construction course at a training institute and Thang Sawn Lien is currently undertaking a Foundation course. Both brothers are quietly confident and independent, and are keen to become tradies.

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16 April 2020
Refugee Achievers
Photo: Mohammad Sattouf with daughter Rawan and AMRC staff member Hiba Alwani.

Mohammad Sattouf is a fine role model for new arrivals. He wished to contribute to the Australian community and the AMRC supported him to achieve his goals. He volunteered with Meals on Wheels in the north for a year and a half. “I made many Aussie friends at Meals on Wheels and my English has improved. I look forward to getting my Australian citizenship.” Having fled the war in Syria, he resettled in South Australia in 2016 with his wife and four children. He used to run a computer business, which he lost in the war. Recently, he bought a house with a loan from HomeStart Finance.

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8 April 2020
Link Disability Magazine
Photo: The AMRC provides essential support for migrants and refugees with disability (credit: Link Disability Magazine April 2020).

Link Disability Magazine recently published articles regarding the AMRC’s NDIS Program in its April 2020 edition. Read articles below:

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8 April 2020
Newly launched resource for young people – hub
Credit: hub 2020, Commissioner for Children and Young People SA

Introducing the ‘hub,’ a newly launched resource for young people living in South Australia by Helen Connolly, Commissioner for Children and Young People SA. The ‘hub’ is an online public resource for young South Australians to visit, hang out, keep up to date, have a say and connect with other young South Australians. Click on the link to visit the ‘hub.’

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6 April 2020
AMRC Try, Test and Learn – Women’s Employment into Action (WEIA) Program
Photo: MinLi (left)

The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) newsletter released by TAFE SA featured an article regarding MinLi, a participant of the AMRC’s WEIA Program. Read MinLi’s article below:

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1 April 2020
Cancellation Notice: SA Refugee Week (14 June – 20 June 2020)
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1 April 2020
Services Australia – Coronavirus (COVID–19)

Please see link to the Services Australia – Affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) – access to the latest information via the Services Australia Website.

There are a number of different methods customers can choose to access their services or register an intention to claim a payment, some of which are covered below:

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25 March 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fact Sheets in Multiple Languages

The Australian Government Department of Home Affairs has released COVID-19 fact sheets in a range of languages including:

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23 March 2020
Our Young Achievers
Photo: Ramuana on the job.

At the age of 21, Ramuana arrived in Australia as a humanitarian entrant from Myanmar with his sibling. Being shy and lacking confidence to speak English, he was encouraged to join youth training and leadership opportunities by the AMRC. He actively participated in the AMRC’s Youth Empowerment and Leadership Program, and encouraged other new arrival Matu youth members to join the program. Through the program, he was able to develop his confidence and leadership skills to complete a forklift certificate and undergo training in installing NBN cables.

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23 March 2020
Harmony Day Concerts

Here’s some photos of past Harmony Day concerts. We will regroup again to showcase migrant and refugee talent in 2021.

Eugenia Tsoulis OAM
Chief Executive Officer

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23 March 2020
Great Wall of Cultures Launch
Photo: Mount Gambier artist Sadiki Kamundele painting along the driveway of the Mount Gambier MRC.

Great Wall of Cultures Launch
Congratulations to the artists, young people and Mount Gambier MRC staff for an inspiring mural ‘Great Wall of Cultures’ to have been launched today.

Eugenia Tsoulis OAM
Chief Executive Officer

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23 March 2020
Harmony Day
Photo: Launch of In Our Own Voices Exhibition, Twenty Winters Book and Nowruz Festival 2019 (left), and Rumi In Our Own Voices Concert 2017 (right).

We wish our clients, colleagues, staff, volunteers and friends a happy Harmony Week and for those celebrating Nowruz, a happy New Year. We will be here to support you through these challenging times.

Eugenia Tsoulis OAM
Chief Executive Officer

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23 March 2020
Café Musica

To celebrate Harmony Week, enjoy photos from Café Musica supporting solo artists and groups to workshop their music. We are ready for a big celebration in 2021.

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20 March 2020
Our Young Achievers
Photo: Sushanta Chapagai

Sushanta Chapagai has always dreamed of becoming a Youth Parliamentarian and has applied to become one with the support of the AMRC. “I wish to be a role model for young women in leadership roles.” The 21-year-old is a sports consultant working with players from the Prince Alfred Organisation of Football Club. She has been recruited by the Australian Football League (AFL) as a trainee physiotherapist and holds a part-time job at a café, whilst volunteering with the AMRC as a youth leader. She holds a Diploma in Health Science from the South Australian Institute of Business and Technology, and is currently in her second year of studying a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree at the University of South Australia with assistance from a study grant.

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20 March 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) community update no. 3

Dear Community Leaders

We understand this afternoon the Prime Minister made a further announcement regarding travel restrictions. We have not yet received official advice on the details of this, however once we do we will send you a further update.

In addition, yesterday the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) raised Australia’s travel warning to “Do not travel overseas at this time.” DFAT further advises “If you wish to return home, do so as soon as possible.”

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16 March 2020
Cancellation Notice of the Great Wall of Cultures Launch

Mount Gambier Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) regret to inform you that the launch of the Great Wall of Cultures (scheduled on Monday 23 March 2020) has been cancelled due to the state of emergency to minimise risk of the Coronavirus infection. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Sincerely,
Eugenia Tsoulis OAM
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC)

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16 March 2020
Cancellation Notice for Africa Oye Concert

The Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC) and African Communities Council of SA (ACCSA) regret to inform you that the Africa Oye Concert (scheduled on Saturday 28 March 2020) has been cancelled due to the state of emergency to minimise risk of the Coronavirus infection. We have done this to safe guard the health of our client groups, performers and other participants. AMRC and ACCSA sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Sincerely,
Eugenia Tsoulis OAM
Chief Executive Officer
AMRC

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16 March 2020
Cancellation Notice for 20th Nowruz New Year Festival

The Middle Eastern Communities Council of SA (MECCSA) and the Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC) regret to inform you that this year’s Nowruz Festival (scheduled on Saturday 21 March 2020) has been cancelled due to the state of emergency to minimise risk of the Coronavirus infection. MECCSA and the AMRC sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. We appreciate your understanding, and hope you and your loved ones stay well and safe.

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10 March 2020
Bordertown MRC’s English Language Classes

English classes have started with gusto in the Bordertown MRC, with about 15 women students wanting more class days to learn and to take advantage of opportunities for engaging with the committed community volunteer teachers. Our recent consultations with the women have told us how much the women are enjoying engaging with technology, socialising in their new environment and meeting new community friends who are helping them to navigate the English language and systems. The women have voiced their needs and the Bordertown MRC will focus on trying to meet these during 2020.

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5 March 2020
International Women’s Day Forum – Sharing Our Achievements
Photo credit: Ray Caird

In case you missed it, 400 women of migrant and refugee background came together to celebrate their achievements and special occasion. Thank you to guest speakers and The Honourable Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier, as well as participants and organisers. For more photos, visit the gallery section of the AMRC website. 

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21 February 2020
Connecting Settlement and Community Services Forum
Photo: Helen Connolly, Commissioner for Children and Young People SA; Professor Colleen McLaughlin, Director of Educational Innovation, University of Cambridge; Dr Nina Maadad, Senior lecturer, University of Adelaide; Andrew Cummings, Youth Trainer and Consultant; Zahra Bayani, Student, Thebarton Senior College; Ackim Mulumba, Youth President, Congolese Community of SA; and Cynthia Caird, Community Services Manager, AMRC.

It was a terrific start to the first Connecting Settlement and Community Services (CSCS) Forum of the year in partnership with the Commissioner for Children and Young People. Participants listened to presentations focusing on Youth Education and Employment, followed by an open forum and networking. Thank you to guest speakers Helen Connolly, Commissioner for Children and Young People SA; Professor Colleen McLaughlin, Director of Educational Innovation, University of Cambridge; Dr Nina Maadad, Senior lecturer, University of Adelaide; Andrew Cummings, Youth Trainer and Consultant; Zahra Bayani, Student, Thebarton Senior College; and Ackim Mulumba, Youth President, Congolese Community of SA.

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13 February 2020
First of many great donations to come
As published in The Naracoorte Herald
Written by The Naracoorte Herald.

The Dollars 4 Doonas campaign is off to a booming start with a $15,720 donation from the Hazara community.

“As members of the Naracoorte community, we are very happy to be part of (the) efforts to raise funds for the Dollars 4 Doonas campaign,” the Hazara community said.

“Our families have been deeply touched by the images of fire that have scorched the lives of so many. We would also like to express our thanks to the firefighters who fought these blazes.”

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5 February 2020
Cultural art showcase
Picture: Anelia Blackie
As published in The Border Watch
Written by Sandra Morello.

Photo: Creativity: Mount Gambier artist Sadiki Kamundele paints a mural along the driveway of the Migrant Resource centre on Eleanor Street.

Public artwork captures city diversity with rail corridor installation

Mount Gambier’s rich tapestry of cultures will be captured in a new public art installation along the city’s rail corridor.

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4 February 2020
Stories of Achieving New Australians
Photo: Teresa (first row) photographed with her team members.

Teresa Dhuor Jiel was resettled in Australia in 2016 at the age of 13. She was resettled with her mother and four younger siblings from South Sudan. Now 16 years old and in Year 11, Teresa hopes to become a nurse in the future and was recently recruited as a player for the Adelaide University’s female soccer team. She has been playing soccer since a young age. “I have not stopped playing soccer since I arrived – it’s my passion. I watched my big brother play and I was inspired to play. I played for Croydon’s senior women’s team at the age of 14.

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4 February 2020
Stories of Achieving New Australians
Photo: Bawi Peng (left)

Bawi Peng aged 20 and younger sister Sui Ni aged 18 arrived in South Australia a year ago from Myanmar, after being sponsored by their mother. Bawi Peng studied at Thebarton Senior College and is passionate about sport. He actively participants in the soccer team of the Burmese Chin Community in South Australia, and plays table tennis and badminton. Last year, he defeated 14 contestants to win the championship title in the table tennis competition hosted by the Burmese Chin Community in SA. In the future, he hopes to become a physical education teacher or a sports coach.

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4 February 2020
Stories of Achieving New Australians
Photo: Atifa Moheba (right), Shikoba Moheba (left) and Mahbabu Zahidi (centre) with AMRC Settlement Officer Deng Manyuon

Atifa Moheba fled Afghanistan with her parents and four siblings. The family arrived in Iran as refugees and were resettled in Australia as humanitarian entrants in 2017. “I appreciate how it feels to be safe and free from fear. Young women have limited opportunities back home. When I was young, I missed out on early education. I want to get a good education,” Atifa said. She is studying a nursing degree at the University of South Australia and hopes to work in a hospital when she graduates. Atifa’s sister Shikoba Moheba aged 18 is in her first year of Pharmacy at the University of South Australia.

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4 February 2020
Stories of Achieving New Australians
Photo: Robin Thang (left) and Lian Thang (right)

Lian Thang and Robin Thang were resettled in South Australia as humanitarian entrants from Myanmar. Lian arrived in 2018 and Robin arrived in 2017 with his family. Robin is working at a food processing plant and Lian is working at an international hotel on North Terrace, Adelaide. Lian is the Deputy President of the Matu Community in South Australia and has coordinated community consultations with Northern Area MRC to assist members of the community to achieve full participation and opportunity in the South Australian community, and to provide training on good governance practices.

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4 February 2020
Great Wall of Cultures
Photo: Sadiki Kamundele, Artist, Great Wall of Cultures

The Great Wall of Cultures initiative by Mount Gambier MRC is attracting plenty of attention! Mount Gambier’s Fringe Facebook channel has published a video about the mural project, which brought together culturally diverse young people to input into the mural that represents different cultures in the Mount Gambier community.

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4 February 2020
Pay Our Respects
Photo: Community women photographed with Ms Carolyn Power MP, Assistant Minister for Domestic and Family Violence Prevention; and The Honourable Rachel Sanderson MP, Minister for Child Protection.

Recently, community women participated in the ‘Pay Our Respects’ event on the steps of Parliament House. Community women held place cards to represent the story and number of women who lost their lives to domestic violence in 2019.

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13 January 2020
Settlement Council of Australia (SCoA) – Chief Executive Officer Position

The Settlement Council of Australia (SCoA) is the national peak body representing more than 100 member organisations that deliver effective settlement services across Australia to migrants, especially those of refugee background. SCoA is seeking a CEO to work closely with the SCoA Board to oversee and deliver the work of the organisation.

For further information about the position, visit the SCoA website.

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13 January 2020
End of Year Event

Wrapping up 2019 was a lovely end of year event by the African Communities Council of SA (ACCSA) and the AMRC, celebrating achievements of ACCSA.

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2 January 2020
Young jet Mojtaba’s soccer career flying
Picture: The Naracoorte Herald
As published in The Naracoorte Herald
Written by Laura Sneath.

Naracoorte United Soccer Club’s young gun Mojtaba Ali has been impressing scouts all year.

The 14-year-old recently finished two back-to-back soccer competitions, one of which took him all the way to Singapore.

The first competition was Nationals, which saw South Australia’s best under 14s players grouped in two teams and travel to Coffs Harbour to represent their state.

“For that, we had training Saturday, Monday and Thursday in Adelaide. I (trained) for about two months.”

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27 November 2019
Community Constable Reedah Zaffar
Photo: Community Constable Reedah Zaffar photographed with The Honourable Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier, and other participants during the Launch of the International Women's Day Forum Report 2019

Community Constable Reedah Zaffar joined the South Australian Police on the 6th of June 2019. At the age of 19, she arrived in Australia in 2006 from the Middle East. She completed her Year 12 studies and a Bachelor of International Development at the University of Adelaide.

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25 November 2019
AMRC 2019 Annual General Meeting
Photo: The Honourable Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier and the Honourable Christopher Kourakis, Chief Justice of the South Australian Supreme Court, photographed with AMRC volunteers (credit: The Honourable Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier, Facebook Page 2019).

The AMRC held its 2019 Annual General Meeting on the 20th of November 2019 at the Adelaide Town Hall. Over 40 volunteers were acknowledged for their volunteer services and 18 women were acknowledged for their outstanding participation in the Women’s Employment into Action Program – Try, Test and Learn, supported by the Department of Social Services. Youth Achievement Award recipients and finalists were presented with a certificate by Dr Evelyn Yap, Trustee and Secretary, Australian Chinese Medical Association SA, for their outstanding academic and civic achievement.

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22 November 2019
Christmas Parade

Photo: New arrival Yazidis enjoying their first Christmas Parade.

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21 November 2019
South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission Community Forum

Registrations closing soon – book your ticket now!

Hurry! Registrations for the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission Community Forum close at 5pm on Thursday 28 November 2019. Register online now to secure your ticket.

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21 November 2019
Student Poster Exhibition touring to Refugee Health Service
Photo: Best poster for secondary school by Jaeda Masefield, Sacred Heart College.

The Refugee Week 2019 Student Poster Exhibition is on display at the Refugee Health Service until early February 2020. If you are interested to display this exhibition and/or any other of the AMRC’s exhibition, please contact AMRC Arts Coordinator Keith Preston on T: (08) 8217 9503 or E: keith@amrc.org.au

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18 November 2019
Limestone Coast Multicultural Soccer Carnival

Photo: Limestone Coast locals playing against Victorian teams.

The Limestone Coast Multicultural Soccer Carnival was a huge success, bringing together migrant and refugee communities through sport. The carnival was coordinated by the Naracoorte Lucindale Council, Naracoorte United Soccer Club, Football Federation South Australia, Football Victoria, Naracoorte United Soccer Club and Naracoorte MRC. The carnival featured in ABC South East SA.

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15 November 2019
Multicultural Soccer Carnival
Picture: Laura Sneath, The Naracoorte Herald
As published in The Naracoorte Herald
Written by Laura Sneath.

Victorian soccer player Hakeem Al-Araibi inspired fellow soccer players at today’s Multicultural Soccer Carnival in Naracoorte.

Teams from across the Limestone Coast, Wimmera Mallee and Grampians went head-to-head in the 7-a-side round robin ‘All Nations Cup’.

With a range of players from beginners to avid soccer fans, the day united people from across the region.

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15 November 2019
Friendly faces granted citizenship
Picture: The Naracoorte Herald
As published in The Naracoorte Herald
Written by Laura Sneath.

Photo: New Citizens: Annette Cherrington, Martin Cherrington (New Zealand), Naracoorte Lucindale mayor Erika Vickery, Dong Chen, Pengyu Chen (China), Mohammad Jawad Hassani, Esmatullah Hassani, Jawaher Hassani, Mohammad Hanif Kohzad, Sharif Najafi (Afghanistan) and Anna Vanstone (United Kingdom).

A citizenship ceremony was held in the Naracoorte Council Chambers last Friday to welcome 10 new Australian citizens.

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8 November 2019
Stories of Achieving New Australians

Due to prosecution and discrimination in their hometown, a young Burmese family consisting of Joseph Mang, his wife MoeMoe and their 7-year-old daughter Alice Mangsen arrived in Australia in 2018. They arrived under the Community Support Program through sponsorship of their Australian supporter and the Approved Proposing Organisation AMRC. Joseph Mang has a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from back home and after his arrival in Australia, he has been able to continue pursuing his career in Australia by enrolling to study a Diploma of Networking through TAFE SA.

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8 November 2019
Australian Service Excellence Standards

The AMRC was recently assessed against the Australian Service Excellence Standards. We are delighted that we have met the requirements to maintain our Certificate Accreditation and Award Level Accreditation as leaders in the sector. “The Australian Service Excellence Standards (ASES) team congratulates you on your achievement. Your organisation’s commitment to quality and continuous system improvement is commended. We congratulate you on the tremendous effort by your organisation in achieving the Certificate and Award level in the Australian Service Excellence Standards (ASES).

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7 November 2019
Visit by Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China in Adelaide

Privileged to have had an informal visit by the Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China in Adelaide, Ms He Lanjing, who met with AMRC CEO Eugenia Tsoulis OAM, AMRC board member Tung Shen Chin and AMRC senior staff, to thank us for the support to the new Chinese communities, especially the Murraylands community.

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7 November 2019
Diompillor Kissia South Australia National Convention 2019

The convention brought together leaders across Australia wishing to strengthen and unite their small organisations to further their community’s transition to the South Australian society. Thank you for acknowledging and inviting Eugenia Tsoulis OAM, Chief Executive Officer, AMRC to facilitate governance training. Congratulations to Diompillor Kissia SA for their commitment to their vision and leadership.

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6 November 2019
CSCS Forum and Launch of the International Women’s Day Forum Report

Thank you to The Honourable Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier, for launching the International Women’s Day Forum Report 2019 to a packed crowd of women and supportive men. Thank you to the Women’s Legal Service (SA), TAFE SA, Muslim Women’s Association of SA, Women’s Employment into Action Program supported by the Department of Social Services through Try, Test and Learn; and the AMRC presenting on regional community settlement and community services research in partnership with the University of Adelaide’s Hugo Centre for Migration and Population Research.

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25 October 2019
Gifts in a Shoebox

Participants of the Chinese women’s empowerment program in Murraylands MRC have packed over 51 shoeboxes with essential items for children, as part of the Operation Christmas Child project run by Samaritans Purse – an international aid organisation.

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25 October 2019
Australian Migration and Settlement Awards 2019

The AMRC and its partners were delighted to be selected as a finalist for the Business Inclusion category of the Australian Migration and Settlement Awards 2019, with Thomas Foods International (TFI) and the Rural City of Murray Bridge. Accepting the award was Morna Young, TFI Group Human Resources Manager, Florina Fernandes, AMRC Deputy Chairperson and Heather Muirhead, Murraylands MRC Community Services Coordinator.

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24 October 2019
Migrant Research Unearths History
Picture: Sandra Morello
As published in The Border Watch
Written by Sandra Morello.

Photo: Science Probe: Hser Eh Ku and Maung Kauk welcome the findings of the world first study with Mount Gambier Migrant Resource Centre manager Anelia Blackie.

University of Copenhagen study reveals Karen and Karenni origin stories have grounds for scientific base. 

Mount Gambier’s Karen and Karenni communities have been the focus of a world first genetic study of their ancient history to unearth whether oral history can be supported by science.

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15 October 2019
Afghan migrant visits Whyalla to praise ‘unique’ Australia
Picture: Whyalla News
As published in Whyalla News
Written by Greg Mayfield.

Photo: Hopes: Hussain Razaiat, left, Hanif Rahimi, Abdul Hussain Najafi and Yasin Hassanyar attended from the Afghan community.

A visitor to Whyalla paid a poignant tribute to his new homeland of Australia.

Hussain Razaiat was among a group with varying ethnic backgrounds who are being encouraged to consider moving to our city for jobs.

Mr Razaiat spent the past 18 years in Australia after migrating from war-torn Afghanistan.

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15 October 2019
Migrants welcomed to Whyalla
Picture: Whyalla News
As published in Whyalla News
Written by Louis Mayfield.

Photo: Welcome: From left, Middleback Arts Centre Manager Ryan Sutherland, Cielo Haghorne, Whyalla Mayor Clare McLaughlin, Zeleka Habtegiorgis, Whyalla Tourism Focus Group President Barbara Derham, Cynthia Curd, Grace Chiang, Michele Hart and Michael Cresshull at the Whyalla Visitor Centre where a contingent of 50 migrants were welcomed with a special lunch.

The steel city welcomed over 50 skilled migrants from the Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC) with a special lunch at the Whyalla Visitor Centre on Sunday.

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15 October 2019
Whyalla Tour

The steel city welcomed over 50 migrants, many of refugee background, from the Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC) with a special lunch at the Whyalla Visitor Centre last weekend.

It marked the beginning of the two-day visit, with participants attending an employment seminar at the Middleback Arts Centre and enjoying a lunch prepared by students from the Edward John Eyre High School.

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11 October 2019
Senator the Hon. Anne Ruston Visit

Senator the Hon. Anne Ruston, Minister for Families and Social Services, visited the AMRC today and met with participants of the Women’s Employment into Action (WEIA) project, supported by the Department of Social Services through Try, Test and Learn. Participants of Hazara, Bangladeshi, Sudanese, Iranian, Chinese, Nepalese, Lebanese, Bhutanese, Chinese and Burmese background were thrilled to share their personal achievements since commencing the project, including finding employment and furthering their educational studies.

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8 October 2019
Regional Forums

Photo: Regional Forum in Murray Bridge.
 
Privileged to convene two forums, sharing our experiences in living and working in the Murraylands and Naracoorte, Lucindale. Thank you to all participants; very new arrivals from the Congo, Fiji and Samoa, Chinese families and more established communities – Afghanis, Maori, Laotian, Malaysian, Congolese, Sudanese and others. It was inspiring to convene this consultation with over 120 women, men and young people, who gave up their Sunday to share their experiences, challenges and aspirations.

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24 September 2019
Daily Moves Program

The City of Unley coordinates the Daily Moves Program for the councils within the Eastern Adelaide region. Daily Moves is a free supportive physical activity program for adults aged 65 years and above.

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24 September 2019
Governor’s Multicultural Awards 2019

Nominations for the Governor’s Multicultural Awards 2019 are open until Friday 11 October 2019, 5pm. Nominate an individual or organisation that is passionate about making a positive contribution and promoting the state’s cultural diversity. Visit the Multicultural Affairs website for guidelines.

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20 September 2019
Care Workers Training

Photo: Aged Care and NDIS Care Workers with SafeWork SA representative and AMRC staff.

The AMRC regularly provides training to upskill and professionally develop care workers in the Aged Care and NDIS programs to better assist clients in maintaining an active, healthy and independent lifestyle. Recently, care workers participated in a work, health and safety training delivered by the AMRC and SafeWork SA.

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20 September 2019
Multilingual phone app hopes to help cut Australia’s road toll
Report by Stephanie Corsetti, SBS World News Radio

Photo: Clinton Hoffmann, Managing Director, Ambrose Solutions, showing the DriveAbout App to young people during the launch in September 2019. 

The world-first app is a learning tool for motorists who speak Arabic, Spanish, Dari, Vietnamese and Mandarin.

Visit SBS World News Radio to hear about the DriveAbout App report.

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19 September 2019
Art highlights regional cultures
Picture: Sandra Morello, The Border Watch
As published in The Border Watch
Written by The Border Watch.

Cultural Ideas: St Martins Lutheran College students Tayla Doody and Mallory Whiting show their ideas for the cultural mural (Credit: Sandra Morello). 

Students inspired to help design mural in celebration South East diversity

A Blank Mount Gambier fence will be brought to life with a mural proposed to celebrate the city’s melting pot of cultures.

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17 September 2019
DriveAbout App Launch
Photo: The Honourable Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier, with members from a diversity of communities.

It was a great success with young people, women and ethnic leaders at the DriveAbout App launch by the AMRC, State Government and Ambrose Solutions. To download the app, visit Google Play or the App Store. The app is available free on the App Store and Google Play until 13 October 2019.

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5 September 2019
Limestone Coast Multicultural Soccer Carnival

Media Release by the Naracoorte Lucindale Council

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4 September 2019
Visit by Race Commissioner

Photo: Mr Chin Tan, Race Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC); Ms Gillian Eshman, Senior Policy Adviser, AHRC; Ms Laura Adzanku, Board Member, CMRW; Mr Muhama Yotham, Amazing Northern Multicultural Services; Ms Eugenia Tsoulis OAM, CEO, AMRC; Dilky Wijeyekoon, HSP and SIS Manager, AMRC; Quyen Hoang, SRSS Manager, AMRC; Alex Parken, Corporate Services Manager and Legal Counsel, AMRC; and Michelle Dieu Northern Area MRC Manager.

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2 September 2019
Speak Out Against Family and Domestic Violence Forum

Photo: Ms Eugenia Tsoulis OAM, CEO, AMRC; Mr Hussain Razaiat, Chairperson, Afghan United Association of SA; Ms Stacey Nelan, Workplace Program Advisor, White Ribbon Australia; Ms Berivana Mohamed, Member, Bosnian-Syrian Community of SA; Mr George Fomba, Community Constable, South Australia Police; Ms Patience Odia Diessa, Project Officer, African Communities Council of SA (ACCSA); and Ms Alex Parken, Corporate Services Manager and Legal Counsel, AMRC.

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23 August 2019
Multicultural Cricket Advisory Committee of South Australia (MCACSA)

Congratulations to Hiba Alwani, AMRC representative, who was recently appointed to the Multicultural Cricket Advisory Committee of South Australia (MCACSA). The committee aims to enhance the engagement of people from a diversity of backgrounds, levels and ages in the cricket sport.

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23 August 2019
Ask Maria Project

Photo: Women of the Bordertown community photographed with WLSSA Paralegal Chloe Fragos.

Consultations were held in Bordertown with migrant and refugee women, as part of the Ask Maria project by Women’s Legal Service SA (WLSSA). Participants were empowered with knowledge on women’s rights, the Australian legal system and how to access support services. Consultation outcomes will be used in the online interactive resource being developed by WLSSA for women and their children in regional South Australia.

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19 August 2019
Women’s Employment into Action (WEIA)

Women’s Employment into Action (WEIA) is one of several AMRC initiatives to encourage refugee and migrant women in Adelaide to pursue education and employment participation pathways.

The WEIA program aims to address issues hindering refugee and migrant women entering the workforce and to provide them with the opportunity to break cultural stereotypes, explore potential employment pathways and develop skills around networking, personal growth and engagement in the care industry.

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15 August 2019
Naracoorte community groups lend a hand to widowed migrant
Picture: The Naracoorte Herald
As published in The Naracoorte Herald
Written by The Naracoorte Herald.

Photo: Thanks: Thipphasone Xaysavanh thanks Lion Ian Davey (left) and Rotarian Ellis Roberts for the donations from their community groups.

Donations from two Naracoorte community groups have enabled a widowed single mum to gain a driver’s licence which was otherwise out of her reach.

Laos migrant Thipphasone Xaysavanh has lived in Australia for 12 years, the last few in Naracoorte, but her life took a turn for the worse last year when her husband died suddenly.

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15 August 2019
Connecting Settlement and Community Services (CSCS) Roundtable

A Families and Children themed roundtable was held as part of the Connecting Settlement and Community Services (CSCS). The roundtables identified priority issues and areas to be addressed for new arrival families. Guest speakers were Sophie Allouache, Senior Project Officer, Parenting and Family Support Programs, Department of Human Services; and Helen Connolly, Commissioner for Children and Young People.

For roundtable photos, visit the gallery section of the AMRC website.

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15 August 2019
Mortal Kombat Casting Call

Heesom Casting are opening their doors to any and all Adelaide residents who wish to appear as Extras in the major blockbuster feature film, Mortal Kombat.

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14 August 2019
Community Support Program (CSP) Information Session

It was a great start to the morning with a welcome gathering for over 50 new arrivals from a diversity of backgrounds. The morning session focused on the Community Support Program (CSP), reuniting and settling refugees from overseas. Participants were enlightened about employment and educational opportunities including those in Whyalla from Andrea Genuth, Manager – SA, Chandler Macleod.

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8 August 2019
Connecting Women Health Workshop

A connecting women’s health workshop was held at the Adelaide Multicultural Centre with guest speaker Jacqueline Riviere, Culturally and Linguistic Diverse (CALD) Project Officer at SA Health.

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8 August 2019
Ethnic Leaders Consultation

Key community participants contributed their advice in a consultation regarding the Governance Toolkit for community organisations being developed by the Settlement Council of Australia (SCoA) and the AMRC. The toolkit aims to support small settlement organisations with information and training on good governance practices.

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7 August 2019
Limestone Coast Visit

The AMRC had a productive tour of Limestone Coast towns, working in partnership with local government, industry groups and service providers. The Settlement Council of Australia’s (SCoA) CEO Tammy Wolffs accompanied AMRC CEO Eugenia Tsoulis OAM on the visit. Some terrific highlights were the Bordertown Connecting Settlement and Community Services (CSCS) forum, the consultation and welcome lunch for new arrivals of Yazidi background in Mount Gambier and the consultation with members of the Chinese community in Naracoorte. Visit the + Read more

30 July 2019
ILC Ready
Transcript by the AMRC featured in the ILC Ready webinar presented by the Community Business Bureau.

Our first hot tip: when designing your project, identify your strengths, and build on them.

You don’t need to be an NDIS Provider, or even work in the disability sector.

You may have a special skill, that can make a difference through an ILC grant.

The Australian Migrant Resource Centre is a user-led organisation helping newly arrived migrants settle into life in Australia. They are governed by new and emerging migrant communities, and staffed by people from those communities.

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22 July 2019
Living and Working in Whyalla Expo
Photo: The Honourable Vicki Chapman MP, Deputy Premier; Mayor Clare McLaughlin, Whyalla City Council; Chris Cowley, Chief Executive Officer, Whyalla City Council; David Penfold, Economic Development Manager, Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula; Professor Carol Grech, University of South Australia; Robin O’Dea, Manager Regions Whyalla, TAFESA; Helen Connolly, Commissioner for Children and Young People SA; Hanif Rahimi, Member, Afghan Community of SA; His Honour Judge Rauf Soulio, Chairperson, AMRC; and Ms Eugenia Tsoulis, OAM, CEO, AMRC.

It was a fantastic evening for community and ethnic leaders, prospective workers and their families, who were enlightened about the various educational and employment opportunities available in Whyalla.

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19 July 2019
Bordertown students enjoy agriculture excursion
Picture: The Border Chronicle
As published in The Border Chronicle
Written by Taylor Harvey.

Photo: New Pathway: Students from Bordertown High School had the opportunity to see what agricultural pathways they could choose to go down (Credit: The Border Chronicle 2019). 

Twenty-one students from Bordertown High School enjoyed a full day excursion visiting a number of agricultural based businesses and enterprises in Bordertown on July 4.

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18 July 2019
Stories of Achieving New Australians
Photo: Jamal photographed with AMRC Settlement Officer Firas Habib.

Jamal Ssaid Ahmad arrived in Australia in 2016 with his family. Jamal and his family are the first Syrian family to pass the citizenship test. The family were regular participants at the Understanding Civic Responsibilities and English Language classes held at the Northern Area MRC, involving citizenship preparation and learning about the Australian culture. A positive outcome has included 20 families approaching the AMRC to start their citizenship preparation. “I am so grateful – you helped me prepare and I passed the citizenship test.

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18 July 2019
Youth Parliament 2019
Photo: Standing tall are members of AMRC’s Youth Parliament team 2019 with AMRC Arts Coordinator and mentor Keith Preston.

It was a riveting start to this year’s Youth Parliament on Monday 15th of July 2019, with our young women leaders doing us proud at Parliament House.

Stay tuned on our website and Facebook channel for what’s to come from this amazing group of women in their quest to tackle issues of concern and interest to young people.

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15 July 2019
Ethnic fashion event showcases stories from across the world
Picture: The Naracoorte Herald
As published in The Naracoorte Herald
Written by The Naracoorte Herald.

The Ethnic Fashions event held on Sunday June 23 as part of Refugee Week had a diverse cross section of models and audience members as women and children from Laos, Thailand, China and Afghanistan.

The event was hosted by the Limestone Coast Ladies CWA, the Migrant Resource Centre, and the Department of Human Services at Gather on Gordon, with proprietor Tanya Ham and her crew working tirelessly to assist with the event.

Caroline Menzel, the Limestone Coast Volunteer Coordinator, was also of great assistance.

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15 July 2019
Youth Innovation – Bridging Agriculture Project
Photo: The Border Chronicle 2019.

Over 20 young people of migrant and refugee background from Bordertown High School enjoyed an excursion to various agricultural based businesses. The excursion was part of the Youth Innovation – Bridging Agriculture project delivered by Bordertown MRC, which aims to provide students with an opportunity to explore career pathways in the agricultural sector.

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15 July 2019
Stories of Achieving New Australians
Photo: Five Karen-speaking workers working hard on the job.

Five people of Karen background have been employed in the forestry and logging industry in Mount Gambier. Mount Gambier MRC in partnership with Badenoch Logging held numerous employment workshops last year and this year to assist people of migrant and refugee background in their pathway to employment. Another positive outcome of this partnership includes a migrant of Filipino background being linked to Badenoch Logging.

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12 July 2019
Community Services Coordinator Position

The AMRC is seeking applications from experienced multi-skilled professionals who have human services qualifications to provide community services and capacity building coordination to migrants and refugees in the Limestone Coast.

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2 July 2019
59th Independence Day Anniversary

The Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC) Chief Executive Officer, Ms Eugenia Tsoulis OAM, was honoured to be invited as a guest speaker by the Congolese Community of South Australia at their 59th Independence Day Anniversary on Saturday 29th of June 2019. The Congolese community is one of the first African communities to be settled by the AMRC in South Australia.

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25 June 2019
Stories of Achieving New Australians
Photo: Vian's banner flying proudly in Victoria Square.

You may already recognise Vian Ammen’s face from her dazzling banner displayed in Victoria Square, but you might not be familiar with her story. Vian arrived in Australia from Iraq in 2017 as a humanitarian entrant, through the AMRC’s Community Proposal Pilot (CPP) Program. She is a graduate architect, who is now working as an architectural draftsperson. To read her full story, visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

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25 June 2019
Launch of the Migrant and Refugee Women’s Banners
Photo: Andrew Hill AM

The stunning portraits of 23 migrant and refugee women were launched in Victoria Square to celebrate 125 Years of Women’s Suffrage in South Australia. Thank you to the Honourable Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier, for launching the banners and Ms Carolyn Power MP, Assistant Minister for Domestic and Family Violence Prevention, for her inspirational remarks. Don’t miss your opportunity to see these amazing banners on display until Sunday 30th of June 2019.

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20 June 2019
Launch of World Refugee Day 2019
Photo: Manet Multimedia 2019

It was a marvellous Launch of World Refugee Day 2019 at Government House by His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia and Mrs Lan Le. Thank you to all participating local government councils, organisations and individuals in South Australia for a spectacular Refugee Week, commemorating the bravery, determination and strength of refugees globally.

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18 June 2019
Launch of Youth Poster and SA Refugee Week 2019
Photo: Manet Multimedia 2019

It was an exciting start to SA Refugee Week 2019, with both the Launch of the Youth Poster Exhibition and Awards, and the Launch of SA Refugee Week 2019 on Monday 17 June 2019. The launches showcased the power of artwork to bring over 300 people together and provide young people with a voice to raise awareness about key themes and issues of human rights and refugees. Thank you to the Honourable John Gardner MP, Minister for Education; and the Honourable Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier, for launching this special occasion and to the 50 participating schools and tertiary institutions.

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12 June 2019
‘Come Together’ Multicultural Festival Grants Program

Applications for the ‘Come Together’ Multicultural Festival Grants close this Friday, 14 June 2019.

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the 2019 Multicultural Festival – apply for funding through this Grant Program for a performance, activity or stall at this event.

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7 June 2019
Murray Bridge Visit
Recently, the Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China in Adelaide, Ms He Lanjing, visited Murray Bridge and met with Mayor Brenton Lewis, Chair of the Murraylands Multicultural Network (MMN) John Scarvelis, Murraylands MRC staff and members of the Chinese Community Association Murraylands (CCAM).
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30 May 2019
Inaugural Awards Night
Photo: Erika Vickery OAM, Mayor, Naracoorte Lucindale Council; Shagofa Akbari, Student, Naracoorte High School; and Hafeezullah Haidari, Owner, Pearl Continental Australia.

A fantastic awards night was held at Pearl Continental Australia in Naracoorte, with students from the Independent Learning Centre, part of Naracoorte High School, receiving certificates for their work placement at the restaurant owned by Hafeezullah Haidari. Among them was Shagofa Akbari, who arrived in Australia with her family in 2017.

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30 May 2019
Mehdi off to Melbourne
Picture: Kowree Naracoorte Tatiara Football League (KNTFL)
As published in KNTFL
Written by KNTFL.

Photo: Mehdi Ghulami in action in a local junior colts match.

The Bordertown Football Club is very pleased to announce junior colt Mehdi Ghulami has been selected in the World Team Program run by the AFL.

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23 May 2019
National Volunteer Week Celebration

It was a lovely celebration of National Volunteer Week with new arrivals from the Afghan community. Congratulations to Bordertown MRC volunteer Gwen Fisher for receiving a Volunteer of the Year Award. Gwen coordinates the English language classes at Bordertown MRC and has been assisting new arrivals in Bordertown since 2014.

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22 May 2019
Tax, Super + You Competition

The Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO) Tax, Super + You competition will return on Monday 3 June 2019.

Students in Year 7–12 are invited to submit creative entries explaining the value tax and/or super brings to the community.

For more information about the competition, visit the ATO’s website.

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22 May 2019
125 Years of Women’s Suffrage in South Australia

Flying proudly in Victoria Square, Adelaide from Sunday 16 June 2019 will be the portraits of 23 women of migrant and refugee background, celebrating 125 Years of Women’s Suffrage in South Australia. Don’t miss your opportunity to see these amazing banners on display until Sunday 30 June 2019.

Visit the AMRC Facebook channel to view one of the banners to be displayed.

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21 May 2019
Launch of Youth Poster Exhibition and Presentation of Awards

What a better way to kick-start SA Refugee Week 2019 then the Launch of the Youth Poster Exhibition and Awards. Join us in seeing the power of artwork to bring people together and provide young people with a voice to raise awareness about important themes and issues surrounding refugees.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday 17 June 2019 at 1pm at the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery.

RSVP your attendance to admin@amrc.org.au

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20 May 2019
SA Refugee Week Calendar of Events 2019

The SA Refugee Week Calendar of Events 2019 has just been released by the AMRC and the SA Refugee Week Committee. Here’s your chance to participate in over 30 different events, celebrating the valuable contribution of refugees to South Australia. Be the first to grab your copy of the calendar by visiting the events section on the AMRC website.

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16 May 2019
Bus Tour in Murray Bridge

A wonderful bus tour for 12 Chinese elders part of the Murraylands Multicultural Network (MMN) elders group.

The Chinese elders were welcomed at council chambers by the Rural City of Murray Bridge Mayor Brenton Lewis.

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15 May 2019
New Year celebrated by Lao community and friends
Picture: The Naracoorte Herald
As published in The Naracoorte Herald
Written by Jenny Stirling.

Photo: A Colourful Celebration: Members of the Lao and Thai community, with other invited guests at the New Year’s get together.

On April 20 the Naracoorte Lao community hosted approximately 80 Thai and Cambodian friends, some of whom travelled from Adelaide and Sydney, to celebrate their customary New Year celebrations.

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8 May 2019
Youth Poster Project

Students from Trinity Gardens School participated in the SA Refugee Week Youth Poster project 2019. Read about their art making experience published in the front page of the school’s newsletter.

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8 May 2019
Making Our Voices Heard

An open forum with the In Our Own Voices project initiators and storyteller participants was held on Saturday 4 May 2019 at the Migration Museum.

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6 May 2019
Connecting Settlement and Community Services (CSCS) Meeting

Photo: Sayed Masoud Fakhrizadeh, NDIS participant; Gouzel Valiff and Anna Amirkhanyan, Project Officers, Women’s Employment into Action (WEIA); Ralph Day, Disability Workforce Manager, Northern Futures; and Daniel Leighton, Branch Manager, Information, Linkages and Capacity Building, National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

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2 May 2019
Asif wins Lorry Humphreys Trade Scholarship
Picture: The Border Chronicle
As published in The Border Chronicle
Written by Taylor Harvey.

Photo: Award: Mohammad Asif Abdullahi (left) being presented his scholarship by Tatiara Councillor Robert Mock.

Bordertown’s Mohammad Asif Abdullahi has become the inaugural winner of the Lorry Humphreys Trades Scholarship, which is valued at $5000.

The scholarship is funded from the Lorry Humphreys Sub Fund of Stand Like Stone and has been established in memory of artist Lorraine Humphreys, who left a significant and lasting legacy to the Limestone Coast region.

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2 May 2019
Hafeez’s awards honour shines a light on Naracoorte
Picture: The Naracoorte Herald
As published in The Naracoorte Herald
Written by The Naracoorte Herald.

Photo: Gala: Murtaza, Steve Loe, Senator Michaelia Cash, Tammy Schinckel, Hafeezullah, Murray Burdett, Mayor Erika Vickery, Museen, Julie Burdett, Niamat, Haidari Smart, Saferali, Rhamat Mohebi, Medi.

The 2019 Australian Small Business Champion Awards Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Star Event Centre in Sydney was a big night for Pearl Continental Australia Indian restaurant, Hafeezullah ‘Hafeez’ Haidari, and Naracoorte.

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2 May 2019
Pasin gives support to a soccer carnival in Naracoorte
Picture: The Naracoorte Herald
As published in The Naracoorte Herald
Written by The Naracoorte Herald.

Photo: Kicking Goals: Club president Jon Thurlow, Member for Barker Tony Pasin, MRC coordinator Jenny Stirling, and Mayor Erika Vickery.

Limestone Coast Multicultural Soccer Carnival has received a funding boost of $40,000 from the Federal Government’s Fostering Integration Grant program.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin attended the Naracoorte United Soccer Club last Thursday night to announce the $40,000 in funding.

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17 April 2019
Stories of Achieving New Australians

Photo: Members of the young women’s soccer team with Firas, Settlement Officer, AMRC; and Muthana Al-Boufradi, Chairman, Iraqi Sports Association of SA.

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17 April 2019
Stories of Achieving New Australians

Photo: Cung enjoying his new career pathway.

At the age of 17, Cung of Burmese background, arrived in Australia four years ago. Initially wanting to become an engineer, he decided to switch career pathways to explore aviation. His interest in aviation was inspired when he resided near the Parafield Airport. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Aviation (Management) at the University of South Australia. “I love Wednesdays because that is when I do simulated flying, which is a highlight of my week.”

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15 April 2019
Governance Training Workshop
Some of the AMRC board members and representatives from member organisations at our governance training workshop. Thank you Allison for facilitating an insightful and productive workshop.
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15 April 2019
Chinese Community Consultation in Naracoorte
Privileged to have facilitated a workshop with Chinese community members working in Naracoorte.
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11 April 2019
Women’s Employment into Action (WEIA)

Photo: Some of the Women’s Employment into Action (WEIA) Participants.

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9 April 2019
State politics: migrant workers essential for region
Picture: The Naracoorte Herald
As published in The Naracoorte Herald
Written by Amy Maynard.

Photo: Diversity: Sarah McWaters from Teys Australia, Sandy Talbot from the NLBTA, Hafeezullah Haidari of Pearl Continental Australia, Member for MacKillop Nick McBride, MRC Coordinator Jenny Stirling, and Mayor Erika Vickery at a 2018 Refugee Week celebration.

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8 April 2019
Civic Participation and Citizenship Workshop

Over 30 women leaders from Afghan, Iranian, Eritrean, Sudanese and Filipino background were empowered with knowledge on voting rights during a Civic Participation and Citizenship Workshop delivered in partnership with the Council of Migrant and Refugee Women (CMRW) of SA, Harmony Alliance: Migrant and Refugee Women for Change and the Australian Electoral Commission.

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8 April 2019
Stories of Achieving New Australians

Photo: Njm using his hair stylist skills on a customer.

Njm fled Syria as a refugee with his parents and six other siblings. He resettled in Australia as a humanitarian entrant in 2016. “I remember seeing cockatoos in the gum trees for the first time and I knew my life would be so different. I tasted freedom for the first time. During this time, I wanted a bike more than anything and the AMRC found me a bike. I was so happy riding my bike everywhere,” he said.

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5 April 2019
Veggie Garden

Members of the Mount Gambier MRC Lifeskills Group recently learned from volunteers how to make soup the Australian way. In return, they showed volunteers how to make one of their traditional salads. The group used fresh veggies they harvested from the vegetable garden they developed in the MRC backyard with a grant from the Stand Like Stone Foundation.

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28 March 2019
Asia Mohebi awarded Soroptimist International Naracoorte Denise Grieve scholarship
Picture: The Naracoorte Herald
As published in The Naracoorte Herald
Written by The Naracoorte Herald.

Photo: Worthy Winner: Scholarship winner Asia Mohebi (right) with Soroptimists member Angela Willsmore.

For most school leavers, the thought of moving to the city to continue tertiary education at university is a daunting one. For Naracoorte High School year 12 graduate Asia Mohebi, it is something she has been working towards since she was a child growing up in Afghanistan.

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25 March 2019
Launch of In Our Own Voices Exhibition, Twenty Winters Book and Nowruz
Photo: Andrew Hill AM, Adjunct Professor, School of Art, Architecture and Design, UniSA; Judge Rauf Soulio, Chairperson, AMRC; Hon. Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier; His Excellency the Hon. Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia; Dr Hamoudi Aldyni, General Practitioner, Mannum Medical Centre; Elizabeth Ho OAM, Chair, History Trust of SA; Chair, Migration Museum Foundation and Deputy Chair, AMRC; Tarik Beden, Chairperson, Iraqi Community Cultural Association of SA; and Hon. Katrine Hildyard MP, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs (Credit: Fahim Hashimy, Farda Film).

It was a fantastic celebration of the launch of the In Our Own Voices Exhibition, Dr Hamoudi Aldyni’s book ‘Twenty Winters’ and the Middle Eastern New Year Festival Nowruz on Saturday 23 March 2019.

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20 March 2019
Gossip restaurant has opened its doors!
Picture: The Naracoorte Herald
As published in The Naracoorte Herald
Written by Amy Maynard.

Photo: Newest Restaurant in Town: Gossip got its name from being a place where people can eat, drink and talk (Credit: The Naracoorte Herald). 

After months of work Gossip has now opened, with the Malaysian restaurant serving an array of authentic Asian-fusion food.

The proprietor and chef is Eida, who is a former Masterchef contestant in her home country, and who grew up cooking Malay and Thai cuisine.

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19 March 2019
Supported Playgroup sessions at the Michelle DeGaris Memorial Kindergarten
Picture: The Naracoorte Herald
As published in The Naracoorte Herald
Written by The Naracoorte Herald.

A new and innovative program will be commencing at Michelle DeGaris Memorial Kindergarten in 2019.

The Centre has employed Sima Gul Muhammadi, a well-known and respected member of the Naracoorte community, to co-ordinate a “Supported Playgroup” session on Thursday mornings from 9.30am to 11.00am.

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19 March 2019
Federal Government backs public art project celebrating cultural diversity in Mount Gambier
Picture: The Border Watch
As published in The Border Watch
Written by The Border Watch.

Photo: Mural Funding: Mount Gambier Migrant Resource Centre manager Anelia Blackie and Member for Barker Tony Pasin
celebrate the Great Wall of Cultures mural funding announcement with South East migrants.

Large-Scale public mural concept highlighting the South East’s diverse cultural links has received $48,500 in Federal Government funding.

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19 March 2019
Migrant festival pushes ahead to ‘showcase how harmony works’ in wake of Christchurch attacks
Picture: Bec Whetham, ABC South East SA
As published in ABC South East SA
Written by Lucy Robinson and Bec Whetham.

Photo: The festival, called Jam’eh, celebrated Bordertown’s growing migrant population (Credit: Bec Whetham, ABC South East SA).

A small South Australian town has pushed ahead with a festival to celebrate its growing migrant population in the wake of the Christchurch attacks.

The event at Bordertown, in the state’s south east, was almost cancelled after 50 people were killed in shootings at two New Zealand mosques on Friday.

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18 March 2019
Christchurch Message

We, at the AMRC, are hurting for our sisters and brothers killed in Christchurch and send our love, hope and wishes for peace to their families and communities, wherever in the world they may live. We are more determined than ever to actively contribute to our multicultural society, so that love and peace can override hate and violence.

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7 March 2019
Happy International Women’s Day!
Photo: Ray Caird

A remarkable unity of 300 women of migrant and refugee background coming together to celebrate their social and economic achievements for International Women’s Day. The women voiced their challenges and opportunities in their pathway to education, training and employment. Thank you to guest speakers and the Honourable Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier, as well as service providers for your support and participation.

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6 March 2019
ABC Youth Innovation – Bridging Agriculture Project
Photo: Mohammad Asif Abdullahi, Year 12 Student, Bordertown High School; and Wayne Klitscher, Branch Manager, Wickham Flower.

As part of the ABC’s Youth Innovation – Bridging Agriculture project, Bordertown MRC in partnership with Bordertown High School provided young people of migrant and refugee background with an opportunity to explore career pathways in various businesses. Mohammad Asif Abdullahi of Afghan background participated in the project, undertaking work experience with Wickham Flower – a local car, farm and machinery dealership. The Year 12 student from Bordertown High School is now undertaking a school-based apprenticeship as a mechanic with Wickham Flower.

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6 March 2019
Hafeez – a national finalist representing Naracoorte
Picture: The Naracoorte Herald
As published in the Naracoorte Herald.
Written by Amy Maynard.

Photo: An Incredible Achievement: (from left) Sajjad, Sandy Talbot, Neville Vickery, Julie Burdett, Hafeezullah Haidari, Murray Burdett, Erika Vickery, Tammy Schinckel, Robyn Talbot, and Mehdi.

Hafeezullah “Hafeez” Haidari will once again be shining the spotlight on Naracoorte at an awards gala, this time at the 2019 Australian Small Business Champion Awards.

Pearl Continental Australia beat out 2000 other entrants to be selected as an Australian Small Business Champion Finalist.

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6 March 2019
Migrant driven to succeed
Picture: Sandra Morello
As published in the Border Watch.
Written by Sandra Morello.

Photo: Special Bond: Top Spot Auto Dismantlers company owner Peter Barrows and new arrival immigrant K’Bow Doh Htoo enjoy a casual chat.

New Mount Gambier arrival finds top spot to start life in Australia

Mount Gambier new arrival immigrant K’Bow Doh Htoo can be seen tinkering beneath cars at a city’s spare parts business.

With a wide smile and positive demeanour, K’Bow is an example how humanitarian immigrants are contributing to the city’s social and economic fabric.

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28 February 2019
Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN)

The Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) is an introductory leadership development program for young people, fully sponsored by Rotary.

For more information about the program, contact: Stephany Martin, District Chair, on E: rypen9520@gmail.com or M: 0439 572 495. To register for the program, visit the RYPEN website.

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25 February 2019
The Migration Museum is connecting hearts
Picture: Migration Museum
Written by Migration Museum.

Media Release, February 2019

The Migration Museum is partnering with artist Penny Ryan to present connecting hearts, a series of free workshops and public events which ask us to think about the question: “Who belongs?”. Current debates on migration often focus on the divide between those who are accepted as belonging and those who aren’t. It is easy to forget the hearts we have in common.

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21 February 2019
Launch of Youth Symposium Report
Photo: Yasin Hassanyar, President, Multicultural Youth Link SA (MYLinkSA); John Evangelista, Director, Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services, Department for Industry and Skills; Hon. David Pisoni MP, Minister for Industry and Skills; Elizabeth Ho OAM, Deputy Chairperson, AMRC; Hon. Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier; Eugenia Tsoulis OAM, CEO, AMRC; Judge Rauf Soulio, Chairperson, AMRC; Denis Yengi CPA, Financial Consultant, Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA); and Helen Connolly, Commissioner for Children and Young People SA.

Credit: Manet Group Australia

A brilliant launch last night at the AMRC of the ‘Youth Symposium: Leading for our Future’ Report by the Hon. David Pisoni MP, Minister for Industry and Skills. Thank you to speakers Hon. Michelle Lensink MLC, Minister for Human Services; John Evangelista, Director, Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services, Department for Industry and Skills; Sara Omar, Year 11 Student, Pinnacle College; and Denis Yengi CPA, Financial Consultant, Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA).

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19 February 2019
Chinese Lunar New Year Dinner

Congratulations to Yong Koh, President of the Overseas Chinese Association (OCA) of SA and all other Chinese leaders for an incredible evening – you are to be congratulated for your unity, the food, speeches and entertainment.

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7 February 2019
Connecting Settlement and Community Services (CSCS)
Photo: SETS provider panelists including Shaista Kalaniya, Project Manager, MWASA; Patience Odia Diessa, ACCSA; Constance Jones, Project Manager - SGP, AWFOSA; Deb Stringer, CEO, ARA; Hussain Razaiat, Manager, MECCSA; Catherine Fielke, Manager - SETS, Anglicare SA; Tamara Stewart-Jones, CEO, MYSA; and Eugenia Tsoulis OAM, CEO, AMRC.

A tremendous start to the first AMRC Connecting Settlement and Community Services (CSCS) meeting of the year, with over 100 participants listening to presentations focusing on the Settlement Engagement and Transition Support (SETS) Program, followed by an open forum and networking.

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1 February 2019
Local educator Farzana Rezaie receives a state Australia Day Award!
As published in the Naracoorte Herald.
Written by the Naracoorte Herald.

Farzana Rezaie, who came to Naracoorte from Afghanistan and is part of the Hazara community, has achieved the prestigious honour of being bestowed a South Australian Australia Day Award.

Farzana received The Award for Leadership in Languages and Cultures, presented to her by the Governor of South Australia, His Excellence Hieu Van Le, at Government House on January 21.

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25 January 2019
Student Poster Exhibition

Exhibiting now at the Barossa Regional Gallery are stunning and vibrant artworks from South Australian students from primary, secondary and tertiary institutions, who participated in the SA Refugee Week 2018 Youth Poster project. Check out the exhibition, which will remain until the end of February 2019.

Our Student Poster Exhibition will continue touring, with its next destination scheduled in mid-March 2019 at Hughes Gallery. Check out the exhibition program below for details.

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16 January 2019
Afghan Nationwide Sports Tournament

Congratulations to the Afghan United Association of South Australia for their inaugural ceremony for the Afghan nationwide sports tournament, participated by 5,000 young men, women and children from all states in Australia and New Zealand, and launched by the Honourable Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier.

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14 January 2019
Stop it at the Start Campaign
Photo: Walk With Us Against Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) Campaign 2018.

The AMRC participated in the ‘Stop it at the Start’ campaign against domestic violence by the Department of Social Services (DSS). Click on the link below to watch the video.

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2 January 2019
Migrant garden project unveiled
Picture: Border Watch
As published in the Border Watch.
Written by Brittany Denton.

Photo: Green Thumbs: Elderly refugees in the Senior Lifeskills Group meet at the Migrant Resource Centre every Wednesday to tend to their vegetable garden.

Resource centre initiative provides refugees with learning opportunities

Elderly refugees at Mount Gambier’s Migrant Resource Centre unveiled a flourishing vegetable garden at the premises yesterday.

Members of the Senior Lifeskills Group have planned and planted the garden over the past few months.

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7 December 2018
Walk With Us Against Domestic and Family Violence

The AMRC participated in the third ‘Walk With Us Against Domestic and Family Violence’ (DFV) campaign, coordinated by the Liberian Australian Service Foundation (LAS), in collaboration with the African Communities Council of SA (ACCSA), Liberian Men of South Australia and Shamshir – A Human Rights Campaign.

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22 November 2018
AMRC 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Photo: Members of the Burmese Chin Community of SA photographed with the Honourable Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier; His Honour Judge Rauf Soulio, Chairperson, AMRC; and Ms Eugenia Tsoulis, OAM, CEO, AMRC.

Credit: Ray Caird
A wonderful AMRC Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Launch of a Decade of Humanitarian Settlement in SA of the Burmese Community by the Honourable Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier.
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13 November 2018
Carclew Creative Consultants

You bring the talent, we make it happen. 18-29 years old? Want a career in creative industries? This is for you.

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5 November 2018
Young Women Achievers Leading Our Communities
Zahra, Volunteer, Michelle DeGaris Memorial Kindergarten, Naracoorte

Photo: Zahra presenting at Youth Symposium: Leading for our Future 2018

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2 November 2018
International Metropolis Conference 2018

Congratulations to the Settlement Council of Australia (SCoA) and the International Metropolis Conference 2018.

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31 October 2018
First Indian and Sri Lankan restaurant in Tatiara
Picture: Border Chronicle
As published in the Border Chronicle.
Written by Louise Horobin.

Photo: Hard at Work: Rani and Dickson have big dreams for their new Bordertown born business ‘DR Kebab’.

Bordertown’s Woolshed Street has welcomed brand new South Asian restaurant and grocery store ‘DR Kebab’ to the town.

The family run initiative is a first for Indian and Sri Lankan street-food and casual dining in the Tatiara district.

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31 October 2018
Rotary Club of Bordertown’s newest member Sathu shows appreciation
Picture: Border Chronicle
As published in the Border Chronicle.
Written by Louise Horobin.

Photo: Appreciation: Rotary Club of Bordertown’s newest member Sathu Vallavanpillai greatly appreciates the work the Rotary Club is making in his hometown of Sri Lanka.

Tatiara’s Sathu Vallavanpillai has expressed great appreciation to the Rotary Club of Bordertown for its commitment in supporting disenfranchised communities in Sri Lanka.

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29 October 2018
Young Women Achievers Leading Our Communities
Valérie Baya, President, African Students Council of South Australia (ASCSA)

Photo: Valérie presenting at Youth Symposium: Leading for our Future 2018

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24 October 2018
Connecting Settlement and Community Services (CSCS) Meeting

Photo: Michelle Dieu, Manager, Northern Area Migrant Resource Centre (NAMRC); Erika Von Aspern, Manager, Intensive English Language/New Arrivals Program, Department for Education; Anti Macri, Principal, Adelaide Secondary School of English (ASSOE); Phillip Davies, Assistant Principal, NAP/EALD Programs, Thebarton Senior College (TSC); Inna Tucker, Assistant Principal, Ingle Farm Primary School; and Luci Lovelock, Director, AMRC.

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22 October 2018
Young Women Achievers Leading Our Communities
Private Kbora Ali, Australian Defence Force

Photo: Kbora presenting at Youth Symposium: Leading for our Future 2018

At the age of nine, Kbora arrived in Australia in 2007 as a refugee. Her family spent three years in a refugee camp in Pakistan after fleeing Afghanistan due to violence against Hazaras.

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19 October 2018
New migrants receive wool industry insight at Glencoe
Picture: Brooke Littlewood
As published in the Border Watch.
Written by Brooke Littlewood.

Photo: Thank Ewe: Congolese migrants Esther Mbuyu, Mery Masika and Joseph Kambale thanked Glencoe farmers Ruth (pictured) and Dale Price for providing them with the opportunity to get up close to their livestock and witness a shearing demonstration.

Migrants explore life on the land
Glencoe farm opens gates to some of Limestone Coast’s newest arrivals

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15 October 2018
Youth Symposium: Leading for our Future

A magnificent turnout for the ‘Youth Symposium: Leading for our Future’ launched by the Honourable Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier, in partnership with the Commissioner for Children and Young People SA and the AMRC. The symposium provided young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds with a voice and solutions for their future training and employment aspirations. Thank you to keynote speakers Denis Yengi CPA, Financial Consultant, Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA); and Private Kbora Ali, Australian Defence Force, and panel presenters for sharing their personal barriers to employment and overcoming them.

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15 October 2018
Walk Against Domestic and Family Violence

The Liberian Australian Service Foundation (LAS) in collaboration with the African Communities Council of SA (ACCSA), AMRC, Liberian Men of South Australia and Shamshir – A Human Rights Campaign, invite your family, friends and community to Walk With Us Against Domestic and Family Violence on Saturday 17 November 2018 at 10am. Assemble at Light Square, Adelaide to march to Parliament House, North Terrace.

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11 October 2018
Mooncake Festival celebrated in Murray Bridge
Picture: Murraylands Migrant Resource Centre (MMRC)
As published in the Murray Valley Standard.
Written by Emma Zirkel.

Photo: Celebrate: CCAM Deputy President Bao Luo with President Brong Xu (centre) are accompanied by guests from SA Overseas Chinese Association during the Murray Bridge Moon Cake Festival.

Last month’s Moon Cake Festival was a success, says Bao Lu who now hopes to share more Chinese traditions and festivals with the wider Murraylands community.

The Moon Cake Festival is a harvest festival celebrated by the Chinese people.

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5 October 2018
Moon Cake Festival

Over 200 participants enjoyed traditional music, dancing and a fashion parade as part of the Moon Cake Festival celebration hosted by the Murray Bridge Chinese Association (MBCA) in partnership with Murraylands MRC.

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5 October 2018
Youth Roundtable
Young people participated in a Youth Roundtable with guest speaker Luke Davis, Magistrate at the Adelaide Youth Court, presenting on the youth court and young people of migrant and refugee background.
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25 September 2018
Unmasked African Festival 2018

Over 3,000 attendees enjoyed a spectacular Unmasked African Festival in the heart of the city featuring a diverse range of foods, arts and crafts and an exciting performance program by African communities, hosted by the African Communities Council of SA (ACCSA), in partnership with the AMRC, City of Adelaide, SALT and Department of Human Services (DHS).

For more photos of the festival, visit the gallery section on the website.

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25 September 2018
Bordertown High students involved with international art project
Picture: Border Chronicle
As published in the Border Chronicle. 
Written by Louise Horobin. 
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24 September 2018
From dingy street to rich cultural hub full of prospects
Picture: Matt Loxton
As published in the Westside Weekly Messenger.
Written by Mohsen Nazari.

Photo: Najafi Carpet Gallery owner Ramazan Najafi and News Corp’s Mohsen Nazari, who all marvel at the incredible changes that have taken place on Prospect Rd in Kilburn.

When News Corp’s Mohsen Nazari arrived in Kilburn as a refugee back in 2005, northern Prospect Rd was a “high-crime neighbourhood”. Over the years, Mo’s family has seen the street become enriched with Middle Eastern culture. Here, he shares the story of Kilburn’s changing face.

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20 September 2018
Hafeezullah Haidari: Man of the Moment
Picture: The Naracoorte Herald 2018
As published in The Naracoorte Herald.
Written by Amy Maynard.

Photo: Pearl Indian: Hafeezullah “Hafeez” Haidari has been rewarded for his hard work with state award nominations.

Hafeezulla “Hafeez” Haidari is having a moment – not only has the Pearl Indian proprietor been nominated for two state awards for excellence in business, but he’s also planning a new restaurant in Penola.

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20 September 2018
Unmasked African Festival brings beats, food and colour to Victoria Square
Picture: AAP/Morgan Sette
As published in the City Messenger.
Written by Natalie De Nadai.

Photo: Baindu Tamba, Haja Koroma, David Biar, Nixon Sola, Michael Nketiah Boakye and children, Usman, 5, and Amanda, 7, in Victoria Square in the lead up to Unmasked African Festival (photo courtesy of AAP/Morgan Sette). 

Experience the energy, colour and cultural richness of Africa right in the heart of the city this weekend.

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14 September 2018
Information session on sustainable fishing practices and regulations

In partnership with Fisheries SA, Victorian Fisheries and Parks Victoria, the Mount Gambier Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) held an information session for new arrival migrants and refugees on sustainable fishing practices and fishing regulations in South Australia and Victoria.

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12 September 2018
A group of 140 local residents gathered to celebrate
Picture: Murraylands Migrant Resource Centre (MMRC)
As published in the Murray Valley Standard.
Written by Heather Muirhead.

Photo: Gather: Eugenia Tsoulis, OAM, CEO of the Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC), Murray Bridge Mayor Brenton Lewis, President of Overseas Chinese Association SA Mr Yong Koh and President of Murray Bridge Chinese Association (MBCA) Mr Morong Xu (photo courtesy of Murraylands MRC).

A large community gathering, of around 140 people, took place in Murray Bridge over the first weekend of September.

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6 September 2018
Migrant Resource Centre building migrant youth career opportunities
Picture: Border Chronicle
As published in the Border Chronicle.
Written by Louise Horobin.

Photo: Students: Khatera Rezai, Shakila Ghulami, Ivy Thien, Parwana Abdullahi and Asif Abdullahi.

Bordertown’s Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) has received a 2018 ABC Heywire grant, which will be used to encourage long term career opportunities in the agricultural sector for migrant and refugee youths.

MRC multicultural community services coordinator Tracey Grosser said the grant money would be put towards developing a pilot program in collaboration with Bordertown High School and the MRC.

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6 September 2018
Consultation with Harmony Alliance

The AMRC hosted key community women leaders from a diversity of backgrounds including Afghan, African, Burmese, Bhutanese and Syrian, who participated in a consultation with the National Harmony Alliance: Migrant and Refugee Women for Change.

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6 September 2018
Governance Strategic Planning Workshop

The Council for Migrant and Refugee Women (CMRW) of SA held a Governance Strategic Planning Workshop with Vanessa Swan, CMRW Honorary Chair and board members to further the aim and objectives of the council, with guest speaker Iona Roy, representing the National Harmony Alliance: Migrant and Refugee Women for Change.

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3 September 2018
Community gathering in Murray Bridge

A large community gathering in Murray Bridge over the weekend was welcomed by Mayor Brenton Lewis, Rural City of Murray Bridge; Mr Yong Koh, President of the Overseas Chinese Association (OCA); and Eugenia Tsoulis OAM, CEO of the AMRC. It was hosted by Murraylands MRC in partnership with the OCA, with participants of Chinese, Filipino, Burmese and other backgrounds enjoying a BBQ. The OCA introduced its ethnic school, providing Chinese classes to local residents.

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3 September 2018
Seniors Community Garden
A community garden being established by Karen and Karenni seniors in Mount Gambier.
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30 August 2018
Launch of NDIS Training Resource

Today the Honourable Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier, launched the NDIS Training Resource ‘Culturally Responsive Services: A Resource for NDIS Service Providers’ to a huge crowd of NDIS service providers, other services, government representatives, people with a disability, carers and community leaders. The resource is a product of a partnership of the AMRC, Department for Industry and Skills, Northern Futures and Disability Workforce Hub.

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27 August 2018
Thank you Saint Ignatius’ College

AMRC representatives Hiba Alwani and Simon Cinzah were delighted to accept backpacks on behalf of the AMRC from Saint Ignatius’ College for new arrival primary school children.

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22 August 2018
Training in Aged Care and NDIS with the AMRC

Do you want to train to work in aged or disability care?

We are seeking expressions of interest from eligible individuals who have a bicultural and bilingual background, experience and/or qualifications aligned to the job description.

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17 August 2018
Ask Maria Project

Photo: Participants with WLSSA CEO Zita Adut Deng Ngor and Project Officer/Paralegal Chloe Fragos at Murraylands MRC.

Ask Maria Project delivered in partnership with Women’s Legal Service SA (WLSSA), Multicultural Aged Care and regional MRCs, empowering women of migrant and refugee background with knowledge on women’s rights and the Australian legal system.

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15 August 2018
Murraylands Multicultural Network welcomes newcomers
Picture: Murraylands Migrant Resource Centre (MMRC)
As published in the Murray Valley Standard.
Written by John Scarvelis.

Photo: United front: Some of the Murraylands Multicultural Network’s new management committee are photographed with Australian Migrant Resource Centre CEO Eugenia Tsoulis and Murraylands multicultural community services coordinator Heather Muirhead.

The Murraylands Multicultural Network held its annual general meeting on Saturday, July 22, with key community members and service providers attending.

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10 August 2018
Peace Celebration

Eritrean and Ethiopian Youth of Adelaide enjoying a peace celebration.

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10 August 2018
Café Musica and Launch of SALA Exhibition

The wonderful sound of Arabic music filled the Adelaide Multicultural Centre during Café Musica and the Launch of SALA Exhibition ‘Damascus Thinking of You.’

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3 August 2018
Strategic Planning and Evaluation Day

AMRC Staff Strategic Planning and Evaluation Day reflecting on achievements and identifying priorities through individual and group input.

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1 August 2018
Vocational Student of the Year Award

Naracoorte’s Zahra is a finalist for this year’s Vocational Student of the Year Award. She arrived in Naracoorte in 2015 and was awarded the Limestone Coast Training Award in 2017. She is currently studying a foundation course at UniSA to pursue a Bachelor of Primary Education and is also volunteering at Michelle DeGaris Memorial Kindergarten. “My English is not always perfect, but the children and staff at the child care service have always been willing to help me, which encouraged me to pursue my future goal of becoming a teacher to transfer skills and knowledge to others.

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1 August 2018
2018 Regional Showcase People’s Choice Award

Photo: Hafeezullah (left) with team members from Pearl Indian Cuisine (Credit: The Naracoorte Herald).

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25 July 2018
Chinese Community Consultation

Photo: Members of the Chinese community photographed with new chair of the Murraylands Multicultural Network (MMN) representing the Rotary Club of Murray Bridge, Mr John Scarvelis and Murraylands MRC Multicultural Community Services Coordinator Heather Muirhead.

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25 July 2018
Murraylands Multicultural Network AGM

Photo: Murraylands Multicultural Network (MMN) New Management Committee photographed with AMRC CEO Ms Eugenia Tsoulis OAM and Murraylands MRC Multicultural Community Services Coordinator Heather Muirhead.

Murraylands Multicultural Network 2018 Annual General Meeting, with key community leaders forming the new management committee. The network will assist in advancing and sustaining regional settlement.

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20 July 2018
Youth Parliament 2018

Photo: AMRC Youth Parliament Team with Member of Parliament.

Our inspiring Youth Leaders have done us proud by presenting the ‘Affordable Electricity Bill’ at Parliament House, focusing on reducing electricity prices and energy bill costs in SA.

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20 July 2018
Damascus – Thinking of You Launch

Syrian sisters Dania and Hala Naji are about to take the Adelaide Multicultural Centre by storm when they present their first exhibition of drawings and paintings ‘Damascus – Thinking of You,’ launched by Adjunct Professor Andrew Hill AM, School of Art, Architecture and Design, UniSA. Join us at the AMRC on Saturday 4 August 2018 at 12pm for the launch. RSVP to keith@amrc.org.au

Drop by to see the sister’s artwork, which will be exhibited throughout August Mon-Fri, 9am-4.30pm at the AMRC.

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17 July 2018
Connecting Women Health Workshops

As part of its connecting women health workshops, the Northern Area Migrant Resource Centre (NAMRC) and SA Health delivered an information session on the importance of cervical screening, with over 45 women from a diversity of backgrounds learning about the benefits of early detection and prevention.

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16 July 2018
Connecting Settlement and Community Services (CSCS)

The second CSCS meeting was held at the Adelaide Multicultural Centre, with over 50 participants from community services and government sharing vital settlement and allied services information.

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13 July 2018
ASCSA’s Informative Session for International Students

The African Students Council of SA (ASCSA) is hosting an informative session for international students on Wednesday 25 July 2018 from 5pm-6.30pm at the Mezzanine, Adelaide University Hub.

The session will cover new immigration laws and policies, student services, and event and lifestyle experiences. To register, visit the link.

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11 July 2018
Chinatown Fire Benefit – Cocktail Fundraiser
AMRC Chair Judge Rauf Soulio and staff at Fundraiser for Chinatown Fire Benefit with Deputy Premier of SA, the Honourable Vickie Chapman; Assistant Minister to the Premier, the Honourable Jing Lee MLC; and Chair of the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission (SAMEAC), Mr Norman Schueler OAM.
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9 July 2018
Youth Parliament 2018

Photo: AMRC Youth Parliament team mentored by previous participant Taha Shabibi (photo courtesy of YMCA Youth Parliament South Australia). 

With Youth Parliament 2018 just around the corner, AMRC’s team is ready to present their ‘Affordable Electricity Bill’ at Parliament House. Stay tuned to AMRC’s Facebook channel and website to discover how our inspiring youth leaders went in presenting their Youth Bill in July.

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6 July 2018
Multicultural Welcome Day

It was a bright and colourful Multicultural Welcome Day at the Northern Area MRC with the Honourable Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier and City of Salisbury Mayor Gillian Aldridge OAM.

To view more photos from the Multicultural Welcome Day, visit the Gallery section of the AMRC Website.

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5 July 2018
Building on Diversity
Picture: Bordertown MRC
As published in The Border Chronicle.
Written by Louise Horobin.

Photo: Bordertown MRC and Tatiara District Council’s ‘Building on Our Diversity’ event, as part of Refugee Week 2018.

The Tatiara is getting behind the nation’s soon approaching annual Refugee Week.

Refugee Week brings issues affecting refugees to surface and celebrates the positive contributions refugees make to Australian society.

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5 July 2018
Tatiara District is Building on Cultural Diversity
Picture: The Border Chronicle
As published in The Border Chronicle.
Written by Louise Horobin.

Photo: Building on Diversity: Many members of the Tatiara community attended the ‘building on diversity’ event held at the MRC on Friday June 22.

Many members of the Tatiara community came together on Friday night for a ‘building on diversity’ event held at the Migrant Resource Centre (MRC).

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2 July 2018
Migrants face challenges of adapting to new and very different life in Australia
Picture: ABC South East SA: Glen Moret
As published in ABC South East SA.
Written by Glen Moret.

For Wah Ree Paw the simplest things were some of the hardest when she arrived in Australia.

“We had never actually got inside a car before, so we didn’t know how to wear or how to put on seatbelts,” she said.

On the flight to Australia she also found it tricky not knowing any English.

“They had food to eat on the plane but then you don’t know how to ask which food you want to eat”.

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2 July 2018
Jobs in Aged Care with the AMRC

We are employing part-time casual bilingual carers/personal assistants to care for aged and disability clients in their home.

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29 June 2018
Naracoorte Migrant Community Requests SAPOL Information Session

In a proactive move by members of the Naracoorte migrant community, SAPOL officers from Naracoorte, Mt Gambier and Adelaide met with 20 residents on Tuesday night 26th of June to expand understanding and knowledge of Australian law and the role of police officers in the community.

Dr Juma Abyui, SAPOL Community Liaison Officer, gave a presentation at the Naracoorte Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) based partly on his own experiences as a former refugee encountering Australian concepts of law and law enforcement.

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28 June 2018
Refugees Work Hard to Create New Life in Mount Gambier
Picture: The Border Watch
As published in The Border Watch.
Written by Raquel Mustillo.

Photo: Program Support: Migrant success story and Noodle Sushi Bar owners Saw Khain and Saw Myo have backed a continuation of the Australian Refugee and Humanitarian Program.

The success of the Noodle Sushi Bar is a world away from owners’ Saw Myo and Saw Khain’s challenging arrival in Australia as Karen refugees.

The pair were in their mid-20s when they fled Burma (now Myanmar) to be granted refugee status in Malaysia.

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28 June 2018
Leaders Look to Migrants for Rural Growth
As published in The Border Watch.
Written by Raquel Mustillo.

A new report highlighting locally led migration strategies to stem population decline and labour shortages has been welcomed by Mount Gambier Mayor Andrew Lee.

The Regional Australia Institute, a think-tank devoted to issues concerning country areas, unveiled a new policy paper highlighting the opportunity for a new national policy around migration.

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28 June 2018
Migrant Families Share Culture
Picture: Katie Jackson
As published in The Border Watch.
Written by Katie Jackson.

Photo: Social Outing: Loujain and Ranim Alkaharabeh, Lily Coote with Judith Kakule and Shaste Kakule enjoy the food at Mount Gambier North Primary School’s Refugee week event.

Contributions recognised at South East Refugee Week celebration

Diverse contributions of refugees to the community were celebrated at Mount Gambier North Primary School last week.

Refugee Week celebrated the successful settlement of over 140 migrant families in Mount Gambier.

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28 June 2018
Australia Called Home
Picture: Katie Jackson
As published in The Border Watch.
Written by Katie Jackson.

Refugees celebrate new lives in lucky country

Mount Gambier’s refugee community and supporters celebrated the city’s settlement program and the new lives they have built in our peaceful region last week. Refugee Week celebrations were held at Mount Gambier North Primary School, where guests were greeted in various languages by children from Reception to Year 2 (pictured above).

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25 June 2018
Migrant Resource Centre Hosts Refugee Week Community Lunch
Picture: The Naracoorte Herald
As published in The Naracoorte Herald.
Written by Amy Maynard.

Photo: What Makes Our Community Great: Sarah McWaters from Teys Australia, Sandy Talbot from the NLBTA, Hafeezullah Haidari of Pearl Indian Cuisine, Member for MacKillop Nick McBride, MRC Coordinator Jenny Stirling, and Mayor Erika Vickery.

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25 June 2018
Launch of World Refugee Day 2018

Thank you to all participating organisations in South Australia for a reflective, educational and celebratory Refugee Week.

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25 June 2018
Business Dream Realised
Picture: Katie Jackson
As published in The Border Watch.
Written by Katie Jackson.

Photo: Life-changing: Karen refugee Klo Moo has made Mount Gambier his new home and is contributing to the community, becoming one of our city’s many small business operators.

After spending more than 20 years of his life in a Thai refugee camp, Karen refugee Klo Moo has built a new life in Mount Gambier.

Mr Moo was born in the refugee camp after his parents fled persecution in Myanmar (formerly Burma) over 30 years ago.

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25 June 2018
Refugees Celebrated
Picture: Katie Jackson
As published in The Border Watch.
Written by Katie Jackson.

Photo: Artistic Flair: Mount Gambier Migrant Resource Centre volunteer Lorna Gilmore and Moo Too have been creating items which will be showcased tomorrow night as part of a celebration of refugee settlement in the region.

South East participates in nationwide annual event

Australia’s Refugee Week celebrations began on Sunday, marking 20 years since becoming a nationwide annual event.

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22 June 2018
Real Estate Traineeships

Three traineeships available with a multilingual real estate company in the Central Business District (CBD).

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22 June 2018
Women’s Welcome in Bordertown

An exciting and warm welcoming for new arrival women in Bordertown in celebration of SA Refugee Week 2018.

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20 June 2018
Naracoorte is my home now
Picture: The Naracoorte Herald
As published in Brand South Australia.
Written by Melissa Keogh.
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