Stirling recognised for national multicultural program

Stirling community development director Michael Quirk with The Welcoming Australia Award for Local Government and Ishar Multicultural Women's Health Centre chief executive Andrea Creado, who won the Empowering Women Award.
Stirling community development director Michael Quirk with The Welcoming Australia Award for Local Government and Ishar Multicultural Women's Health Centre chief executive Andrea Creado, who won the Empowering Women Award.

THE City of Stirling has won a national award for welcoming multicultural communities.

Its multicultural framework was recognised at the Migration Council Australia’s Australian Migrant and Settlement Awards at Parliament House in Canberra on October 23.

The City won the Welcoming Australia Award for Local Government at the event, which awards exceptional services and support provided by individuals, organisations and businesses to assist new migrants settle in Australia.

Mayor Mark Irwin said the “real winners” were the community members they welcomed to establish a new life in the City.

“Stirling is one of the most diverse local governments in Australia with nearly 40 per cent of residents born overseas, more than 15,000 residents having lived in Australia for less than five years, and a large proportion of recent humanitarian entrants to WA settling in our local suburbs,” he said.

“The City understands and embraces our responsibility as a local government to create a welcoming community for migrants and refugees, and this award demonstrates the amazing work achieved through our multicultural framework to create thriving communities where our people are empowered, engaged and connected.”

Initiatives of the framework include the Kaleidoscope program aimed at increasing at increasing employment opportunities for skilled migrants, the Guinness World Record for the most nationalities in a drum circle, inter-faith tours and the Welcome Hub and Settlement Transition Support Services in Mirrabooka.

Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Centre chief executive Andrea Creado was also recognised, winning the Empowering Women Award for her work at the Mirrabooka centre.

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