Re­gion cel­e­brates its di­ver­sity in har­mony

Isis Town and Country - - News -

HAR­MONY Day was cel­e­brated last week­end in Childers with the Isis Mul­ti­cul­tural Group host­ing a spe­cial event cel­e­brat­ing the re­gion’s di­ver­sity.

Queens­land is home to over 220 cul­tures and lan­guages and em­braces more than 100 re­li­gions and be­lief sys­tems.

Event or­gan­iser Robert Maisey said it was a great day to cel­e­brate our re­gion’s di­ver­sity.

“Thanks to Mr Ben­nett for tak­ing time out of his busy cal­en­dar to for­mally open the event,” Mr Maisey said.

Mem­ber for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett said he was proud to sup­port events and projects that cel­e­brate mul­ti­cul­tural iden­tity.

“We need to in­crease com­mu­nity aware­ness of the ac­tiv­i­ties of our many cul­tural groups and foster com­mu­nity co­he­sion,” Mr Ben­nett said.

“It’s groups such as the Isis Mul­ti­cul­tural Group that help to con­nect cul­tural groups with each other and in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

“I com­mend your com­mit­ment to shar­ing your cul­tural her­itage and help­ing the peo­ple of Childers and the re­gion to sup­port one an­other,” he said.

Mr Maisey said it was a great event and a plea­sure to have Mr Ben­nett of­fi­cially open Har­mony Day.

The event was en­joyed by those who at­tended with the food and en­ter­tain­ment be­ing the main draw­card.

Or­gan­is­ers thank ev­ery­one that took part in the cel­e­bra­tions. SE­NIORS of Childers and Gin Gin were given a les­son in per­sonal safety and pro­tec­tion against on­line scams on Tues­day by Con­sta­ble Adrian Smith of Childers po­lice.

Const Smith ad­dressed the au­di­ence of 50 peo­ple out­lin­ing the im­por­tance of be­ing aware of scams and tak­ing pre­cau­tions to pro­tect them­selves from be­com­ing a vic­tim.

“Never give out your per­sonal de­tails, if a door knocker is rais­ing funds for a char­ity, en­sure you check their cre­den­tials and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and al­ways re­port sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour,” Const Smith said.

Mau­rie Styles, the events co­or­di­na­tor of the Aus­tralian Pen­sion­ers and Su­per­an­nu­ants League in Childers, ar­ranged a guest speaker to ad­dress safety con­cerns.

Mr Styles re­cently re­ceived a scam email and be­lieves it’s his duty to warn oth­ers.

“We all need to be more aware of the scams and to take the right mea­sures to en­sure we don’t be­come vic­tims,” Mr Styles said.

“Scams are get­ting harder to iden­tify and we all need to be a lit­tle less trust­ing when it comes to our per­sonal and fi­nan­cial se­cu­rity.”

Const Smith said scam­mers were clever and would build trust and con­fi­dence be­fore tak­ing ad­van­tage of the sit­u­a­tion.

Visit www.scamwatch or phone 1300 795 9


MUL­TI­CUL­TURAL CEL­E­BRA­TION: From left, Pilar El­lis, Lour­des Nor­man, Eve Freney, Ce­cilia Wil­cox, Stephen Ben­nett, Peter Freney, Robert Maisey and Boat Latu.

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