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Have your say on the Yarra Ranges Cultural Diversity Policy

Submissions close at 05:00PM on Friday, 26 April 2019

The history of the Yarra Ranges area has involved many different cultural groups and the number of residents from diverse cultural backgrounds continues to grow.

The Yarra Ranges draft Cultural Diversity Policy recognises the first Australians, particularly the Wurundjeri, and communities who later immigrated to Yarra Ranges such as the Dutch, Italian and Swiss, who contributed to our communities and economies. It also acknowledges new and emerging cultures such as residents from Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Syria and Iran.

Yarra Ranges had 180 new arrivals in 2015-16 according to Census data. Five countries (Myanmar - formerly Burma, China, Malaysia, United Kingdom and Thailand) accounted for nearly three-quarters of these arrivals. More than 40 per cent of these new arrivals were Burmese, with almost all Burmese arriving as humanitarian refugees (89 per cent). 

Council is seeking feedback from the community regarding the policy for six weeks.

The draft policy recognises that Council:

  • Welcomes migrants, asylum seekers and refugees
  • Values the diverse cultures that make up our many communities
  • Promotes respect and social cohesion and rejects all forms of racism, vilification and discrimination. 

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