Multicultural centre opens with a bang

Mirrabooka Multicultural Centre open day entertainment (from left) Djibril Diagne and Warren Harvey of Bolo. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d416805
Mirrabooka Multicultural Centre open day entertainment (from left) Djibril Diagne and Warren Harvey of Bolo. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d416805

Parliamentary Secretary Concetta Fierravanti-Wells opened the centre with Federal Minister for Justice and Stirling MHR Michael Keenan.

Ms Fierravanti-Wells said the new centre would provide a place where cultural groups could come together under one roof.

‘A place that will contribute to social cohesion and cross-|cultural communication and a place where everyone in the community can come for meetings, cultural celebrations or training,’ she said.

The City of Stirling received $182,700 from the Federal Government under the Settlement Grants Programme to develop and run programs at the centre for groups and individuals.

Mr Keenan said the new facility would help the Federal Government build strong and prosperous communities across Australia.

‘Mirrabooka is one of the most culturally diverse areas in the country and this facility will help newly-settled families to engage with their local community, as well as provide them with necessary services, including English lessons and counselling,’ he said.

The centre is expected to be used for English language classes, transition to work programs and cultural events and celebrations, community meetings and private consultations.

City of Stirling Mayor Giovanni Italiano said he was delighted with the completion of the Multicultural Centre after the City had been tasked with managing the project.

‘Securing full-funding support from the Australian Government was vital in making the Mirrabooka Multicultural Centre a reality,’ Mr Italiano said.