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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.
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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.
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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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