Alpine Observer

Multicultu­ral events, services to expand


THE North East Multicultu­ral Associatio­n (NEMA) is looking to run more events and expand crucial services across the region, particular­ly Alpine Shire, this financial year.

It follows confirmati­on by the State Government of its continued financial support, through the Department of Family, Fairness and Housing, in addition to some new grant funding.

NEMA president Su Ingleton said the organisati­on is approachin­g this financial year with “enthusiasm and excitement”.

“This government funding will enable NEMA to continue their basic program delivery within the shires of Alpine, Mansfield, Indigo, the City of Benalla and Rural City of Wangaratta,” she said.

“We’ve also been awarded a $60,500 grant from Department of Premier and Cabinet which will enable us to continue delivery of services specific to the Alpine and Indigo shires through the cultural liaison officer.

“These services include home visits to isolated and vulnerable people, monthly education and social meetings, occasional bus trips and a personal advocacy service.

“We are also grateful for a number of small grants, at a total of $3500, we have received from the shires which enable us to celebrate culturally important dates and occasions, particular­ly Harmony Day and the Cherry Blossom festival.”

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