Local jobs for local people

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Jobs change lives. They empower individuals, sustain families and strengthen communities. High unemployment levels affect many communities across Australia and the task of tackling this problem has traditionally fallen to the federal and state governments. Local councils are also in an excellent position to understand the changing needs of local … Read More

City of Melton Embraces Welcoming

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Melton City Council has embraced welcoming as one of the key areas of its recently launched Intercultural Plan 2017-2021. A key action of the City’s Intercultural Plan is to join the Welcoming Cities network which Mayor Sophie Ramsey formally endorsed on August 2. The City joins a growing national network … Read More

Darebin joins Welcoming Cities Network

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Darebin Council has officially joined the Welcoming Cities Network to reaffirm and build on its long and proud history of promoting inclusiveness and equality. The City joins a growing national network of local councils who are committed to fostering a sense of community belonging and socioeconomic participation and equality for … Read More

The Art of Welcome

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The idea of welcome as more than a greeting, but as an underpinning of commerce and socioeconomic development, existed centuries before colonial rulers long over-stayed theirs. Richard Trudgen in his seminal work on the Yolŋu outlines the trade practices of the First Nations peoples from what is now known as … Read More

The Role of Local Government in Settlement and Multiculturalism

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“Although settlement planning and multicultural community relations strategies have historically adopted a top-down approach through leadership at federal level, much of the work on the ground has been undertaken at municipal level. What is currently missing in Australia is an agreed and effective inter-governmental strategy that harnesses the potential of … Read More

Building Tomorrow’s Communities

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“That the National General Assembly supports the Welcoming Cities initiative launched by the Scanlon Foundation and Welcome to Australia in March 2016; and the development of The Australian Standard for Welcoming Cities, to support local councils in their work to create more inclusive communities” – Resolution carried at the Australian … Read More

Welcome is Not a Dirty Word

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Current sound bites, headlines and social media diatribe would suggest the life support system has long been turned off on visionary and principled leadership in Australian politics. The daily mantra seems to be – Another day, another opportunity to drive a wedge between ‘us’ and ‘them’. Whether it’s denigrating people … Read More

Migration and community experts to provide insights into cohesion at local level

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International migration experts and Australian local government leaders will meet in Melbourne on Wednesday, to share and discuss best practice approaches for addressing key challenges and opportunities at a local level. The second national Welcoming Cities Symposium on 1 March will feature keynote speakers Jill Helke, International Organization for Migration, … Read More

It’s Time to Rescue Brand “Australia”

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A few career changes ago, I managed a branding and design agency. Our primary task was to help our clients communicate their organisation, product or service. We worked to create a strong brand so that people would choose our client’s company or service over and above their many competitors. Since … Read More

People On the Move: Global Migration’s Impact and Opportunity

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Migration has become a flashpoint for debate in many countries. But McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) research finds that it generates significant economic benefits—and more effective integration of immigrants could increase those benefits. Migrants make up just 3.4 percent of the world’s population, but MGI’s research finds that they contribute nearly … Read More

6 Steps to Countering a Narrative of Fear

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Welcome to Australia. A nation of contrasting landscapes, people and politics. Where we perform welcome to country at most major events, yet the traditional owners struggle for legitimacy and recognition on their land. Where almost everyone you meet has a migrant story, yet the current government is in a race … Read More

Hume takes lead in becoming Welcoming City for new arrivals

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Hume City Council is one of the first local government authorities in Australia to officially join the recently established Welcoming Cities network. Launched in March this year, Welcoming Cities is working to grow a national network of local governments recognised for fostering a sense of community belonging and socioeconomic participation … Read More

The Missing Migrants

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The Regional Australia Institute‘s study, The Missing Migrants, highlights a relatively untapped opportunity in rural and regional centres to fight declining populations and economic adversity. The study clearly presents migration as a solution to this problem; stating that “International migrants are missing from our vision of a successful regional Australia … Read More

When Fear Trumps Fact

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As the dust begins to settle on Australia’s 2016 federal election, concerns are being raised about one of the clear outcomes – the return of Pauline Hanson and One Nation. The political party’s policies on multiculturalism, Islam, and immigration champion a return to assimilationist White Australia policy and zero net … Read More