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).
The event was organised by MRC multicultural community services coordinator Tracey Grosser and attended by the many migrants living in Bordertown as well as Member for Barker Tony Pasin, Tatiara District Council mayor Graham Excell, CEO Anne Champness and JBS plant manager Trevor Schiller.
The event ran from 6-8 pm and a huge dinner was cooked and provided by the migrant community members of Bordertown.
Mr Pasin spoke at the event and directly welcomed the migrants in attendance.
“I say Australia is the most successful and culturally diverse country on earth,” Mr Pasin said. “It’s not our diversity that makes us unique – but the fact we are together one Australia.
“The people here tonight are so accepting of all of us who have come as descendants from all four corners of the earth.”
Mr Pasin said it was fantastic to see a growth of migrants in the Tatiara.
“A few years ago there were far fewer women and far fewer children,” he said.
“It’s fantastic to see we now have more migrant women and children in the Tatiara.
“Together we are unified and contribute to a stronger Australia.”
JBS plant manager Trevor Schiller acknowledged the migrants who work at JBS.
“Thank you very much for coming and I would like to let you all know how much JBS and the community appreciate and support your decision coming to Australia,” he said.
“We benefit from the many contributions you’ve made to the community and the local economy.”
Tatiara District Council holds voluntary English classes for migrants in the Tatiara and has committed $15,000 to go with a migrant action plan to support migrant settlement in the area.
The council wishes to provide a welcome and safe place for migrants to call home and establish themselves in Australia.