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Calls For Community To Get Involved In Multiculturalism

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Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka has encouraged people across NSW to become a champion of social cohesion and harmony by applying to join a Regional Advisory Council (RAC).

As part of the NSW Government’s Community Engagement Strategy, 12 RACs will be established in regional and metropolitan areas to engage with all sectors of society to enrich social and economic capacity through cultural diversity.

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Mr Ajaka said members of the public were invited to apply for a Council position in their region.

“This is an opportunity for people from across the state to play a part in building and maintaining a cohesive and harmonious society that enriches the lives of everyone,” Mr Ajaka said.

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“The Regional Advisory Councils will identify issues that affect their community and work with community groups, specialist service providers and government agencies to resolve them so that everyone can participate in their community.”

Each RAC will have places for up to eight community members and applications for these are now open.

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Mr Ajaka said the RAC structure supports the NSW Government’s Community Engagement Strategy, which enables representation of all communities in NSW.

“Through these initiatives we can increase access, opportunity and participation for everyone in NSW, and promote the benefits of cultural diversity,” Mr Ajaka said.

The Community Engagement Strategy is a commitment of the NSW Government to implement the Harmony in Action Strategic Plan, which outlines steps being taken to build on the success of NSW as a diverse and harmonious society. Applications to join a Regional Advisory Council close on 12 February 2016. For more information and application forms visit www.multicultural.nsw.gov.au

The Indian Telegraph Sydney Australia

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