MINISTER for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, Nicholas Kotsiras visited Shepparton during the week, launching the first meeting of the Hume Regional Advisory Council (RAC).
Hume RAC is one of the eight RACs across Victoria advising the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) on issues relevant to local residents.
Mr Kotsiras said this was an historic moment ensuring all communities had a voice in the development of multicultural policies and service delivery.
The Hume RAC will seek to improve links with local multicultural communities.
“The Hume RAC will be the bridge of communication between communities and the Victorian Government,” Mr Kotsiras said.
Mr Kotsiras said RACs were to be chaired by VMC Commissioners who had contributed extensive community work and had a deep understanding of the issues affecting local communities.
The Chairperson of the Hume RAC is Chidambaram (Srini) Srinivasan who has 25 years’ experience in community affairs.
Mr Kotsiras thanked the Chairperson of the VMC Mr Chin Tan for his assistance in making the RACs a reality.
Mr Kotsiras said the RACs will play an important role as a voice for local culturally diverse communities thus maintaining Victoria’s position as Australia’s leader in multicultural affairs.
“RACs and the VMC will work together to ensure the various voices of regional communities are heard,” Mr Kotsiras said.
Hume RAC members include Chidambaram Srinivasan (Chair), Jolene Barnes, Barbara Brown, Bernadette McCann, Apollo Nsubuga-Kyobe, Rosetta Parisotto, Charles Halter, Julie Salomon, Maria Calandro and Lisa Mahood.
The Hume RAC covers north eastern Victoria and the Goulburn Valley areas and contains 12 local government areas and will meet three times per year.