Joint Media Release with Minister for Immigration, Citizenship And Multicultural Affairs The Hon David Coleman MP and Country Liberals Candidate for Solomon Kathy Ganley
Top End community organisations have received a combined $195,000 funding boost to help migrants fully participate in the Australian community, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Solomon, Kathy Ganley, announced.
The Fostering Integration Grants program provides up to $50,000 to not-for-profit organisations to help migrants better integrate into Australian life and support initiatives for social cohesion, such as promoting employment and community participation.
Senator Scullion said the Government is committed to working closely with organisations in communities across Australia to provide valuable services and activities that foster social cohesion and create a stronger Australia.
“A grant of $25,400 to The Korean Association in Australia Northern Territory will be used for migrant employment and lifestyle resettlement guidance.”
“The Darwin Malayalee Association will use its $20,000 investment to organise cultural events at the Filipino Hall in Marrara to enhance integration of various communities, including the Indigenous and Indian communities,” Senator Scullion said.
Mrs Ganley said Ignite Potential Incorporated would use an investment of $49,580 for Mentoring support for skilled migrants.
“The Multicultural Council of The Northern Territory will receive $50,000 for education programs on citizenship and employment.”
“Melaleuca Refugee Centre will also receive $50,000 for its Connected Communities program – a strengths based approach to fostering community Integration.
“These grants will continue to support and encourage the economic and social participation of migrants into our Territory community,” Mrs Ganley said.
Multicultural Council of the Northern Territory President, Dr Edwin Joseph, thanked the Federal Government for the funding.
“The funding will be utilised for providing citizenship education to those who struggle with accessing mainstream services. Obtaining citizenship with a suitable employment and decent lifestyle makes migrants feel like they have reached the pinnacle of their migration journey,” Dr Joseph said.
Melaleuca Refugee Centre CEO, Kwame Selormey, said inclusion was a whole of community responsibility.
“The grant will go a long way in assisting us to engage with communities to build on the strengths that exist in shaping inclusion. Melaleuca is very grateful and looks forward to the outcomes of this opportunity,” Mr Selormey said.
Across the country, the Government is providing $9.3 million to organisations working at the grassroots level to assist migrants.
Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said the funding organisations receive through the Fostering Integration Grants program will enhance the important work they do at the local level and ensure Australia continues to be the most successful migrant nation in the world.
“Local community organisations have an important role to play in creating social cohesion and ensuring the unity, prosperity, and security of our nation,” Mr Coleman said.
“The Fostering Integration Grants program is about supporting organisations that work at the grassroots level in their community and have a strong understanding of the challenges facing migrants.
“The grants will encourage economic and social integration and help migrants, particularly young people, women and those in regional areas access the workforce and participate more in the community.”