Diversity to be ‘celebrated’
THE City of Belmont is putting together a focus group on cultural diversity and has appointed its first councillor representative.
The focus group will offer community and stakeholder feedback as the city prepares its first Cultural Diversity Engagement Plan.
A consultant for the plan is expected to start soon.
Cr Robert Rossi was appointed by council on Tuesday night and told the Gazette he grew up in an Italian family where he was the only one who spoke English.
“I fear that many ethnic groups are also becoming isolated in the community and hopefully this group can reach out to them so we can become an inclusive, vibrant city,” Cr Rossi said.
“I am already doing work in this area as a volunteer with St Vincent De Paul and my efforts in the community have already been noted with my 2005 and 2010 nominations for the Australian Human Rights Commission – Human Rights Award – Community Work Category.”
Cr Lauren Cayoun was elected the proxy for Cr Rossi if he cannot attend meetings.
“Having worked with culturally diverse groups in our local area as a social worker and advocate, I want to play an active role in the city’s cultural diversity planning,” she said.
“Belmont’s diversity should be celebrated at every opportunity.”