Mi­grants tell min­is­ter sto­ries of chal­lenges

Great Southern Herald - - News - Laura Gru­bisa

Mem­ber for O’Con­nor Rick Wil­son and Min­is­ter for Cit­i­zen­ship and Mul­ti­cul­tural Af­fairs Alan Tudge vis­ited Katan­ning to meet with Shire of­fi­cials, com­mu­nity groups and lo­cals ear­lier this month.

Mr Wil­son, who hails from Katan­ning, per­son­ally in­vited the min­is­ter to visit the town two weeks ago.

“I in­vited the min­is­ter to Katan­ning to show­case my home town, which is the most mul­ti­cul­tural com­mu­nity in re­gional WA and a great suc­cess story,” he said.

“It was also an op­por­tu­nity to in­tro­duce the min­is­ter to rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the mi­grant com­mu­nity and dis­cuss com­mon is­sues that new ar­rivals are con­fronted with in Aus­tralia.

“We met with peo­ple from the Malay and Karen com­mu­ni­ties and spoke about chal­lenges at­tain­ing English lan­guage skills and sup­port for mi­grants in ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas.

“The min­is­ter and I also met a South African farmer who shared a deeply per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence about his jour­ney to Aus­tralia and a fam­ily tragedy that oc­curred af­ter he left his home­land.”

Pic­ture: Jenny Shep­herd

Mem­ber for O’Con­nor Rick Wil­son and Min­is­ter for Cit­i­zen­ship and Mul­ti­cul­tural Af­fairs Alan Tudge with mem­bers of the Shire and lo­cal com­mu­nity groups.

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