Shepparton’s multicultural community will be celebrated next week with a host of activities, including film screenings, English language classes and a football clinic.RIAHN SMITH June 14, 2014 3:56am
Fun planned: Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District employees Bianca Berzani and Thon Thon with Congolese refugee Safari Maheshe are looking forward to Refugee Week celebrations.
The celebrations form part of Refugee Week, an international campaign to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and recognise the positive contributions they make to Australian society.
Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District manager Chris Hazelman said Refugee Week was an important celebration for the city.
Mr Hazelman said it would provide an opportunity for the different refugee communities to meet each other and for the broader community to get involved.
‘‘There’s been a fantastic level of community support behind it,’’ Mr Hazelman said.
‘‘It has a special significance for Shepparton because of the numbers of people who have arrived in this country as refugees, in the pre and post-Second World War period, and in the years since, who have settled in Shepparton.
‘‘The Shepparton community has a long history of accepting people from a refugee background who have contributed substantially to our economic growth and cultural diversity.’’
Safari Maheshe arrived in Shepparton after fleeing the Democratic Republic of Congo.
‘‘It is very important to celebrate Refugee Week,’’ he said through interpreter Thon Thon.
‘‘I came to Australia as a refugee, so it is very good for me to remember that time. It’s a part of us.’’
Refugee Week will be launched on Monday with a free morning tea and activities at Maude St Mall from 10.30
A man was treated for chemical inhalation and taken to hospital this morning.
In a day made for football at the sun-bathed Lavington Sports Club Oval the 2015 Yarrawonga Under 16 Pigeons showed their class with a comprehensive victory in the AWJFL Grand Final against Wodonga.
Tatura and Murchison SES Units were two of 28 Victorian State Emergency Service volunteer units to receive new equipment recently, as part of the annual AAMI equipment handover program.
With no luxury of a double chance available to either of them, Moama coach Simon Maddox and his Tongala counterpart David Newman know that a loss in Sunday’s first semi-final will mean the end of season 2015.
ROCHESTER police say hoon drivers and anyone disobeying road laws should prepare to lose their car.
Young Bombers pull off last quarter comeback to win under-16 premiership.
More news as the Seymour Show edges closer.
Berrigan public decides drainage works location
A THREE-MONTH-OLD girl from Heathcote who died on Sunday night did not have any physical signs of injuries when ambulance arrived, according to police.
Cobram Barooga leaders and tourism operators have welcomed the launch of a new tourism strategy focusing on events, which aims to attract more people to the Murray River.
Cancer claims one of its fiercest combatants.
Water allocations were increased in the Goulburn-Murray Water region today.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.