Di­ver­sity to be ‘cel­e­brated’

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Cloverdale -

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.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.