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  • Embracing and supporting our multi-cultural community

    ANNUAL REPORT 2011 - 2012

    The flowers I draw are a symbol of love.

    The bird is a symbol for freedom. The heart with the flag in it

    is a symbol of my love for Australia

    © Ramazan Ali Jaffari

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    A SNAPSHOT OF 2011-2012

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    2012 ANNUAL REPORT

    CONTENTS PAGE

    Agenda 4

    Guest Speaker – Amanda Paxton Bio 5

    Board of Management 6

    Staff 7

    President’s Report 8

    Executive Officer’s Report 10

    Treasurer’s Report 14

    Financial Performance 15

    HSS Project Report 31

    SGP Project Report 33

    HACC and PAG Project Report 35

    RAP Project Report 40

    Playgroup Project Report 42

    ACFE Project Report 45

    Artist Profile – Jaffari Ali Ramazan 46

    Minutes of 2011 AGM 47

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    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    THURSDAY 25TH OCTOBER 2012

    5.00 PM TO 7.00 PM

    LOCATION: 38-40 MADDEN AVENUE, MILDURA

    AGENDA

    WELCOME

    GUEST SPEAKER: AMANDA PAXTON – STATE DIRECTOR,

    DEPT OF IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP VICTORIA

    APOLOGIES

    MINUTES OF PREVIOUS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – HELD NOVEMBER 30, 2011

    REPORTS:

    PRESIDENT

    EXECUTIVE OFFICER

    TREASURER

    APPOINTMENT OF AUDITOR

    ELECTION OF BOARD OF MANAGEMENT

    GENERAL BUSINESS

    RECOMMENDATION: THAT THE ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION BE INCREASED

    FROM

    INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP $10.00 TO $20.00

    GROUP MEMBERSHIP $30.00 TO $ 60.00

    MOVED ………………………………SECONDED ……………………………CARRIED

    MEETING CLOSE

    JOIN US FOR LIGHT REFRESHMENTS whilst enjoying some entertainment

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    BOARD OF MANAGEMENT

    PRESIDENT

    Peter Byrne

    VICE PRESIDENT

    Gary Pearse

    TREASURER/PUBLIC OFFICER

    Peter Hartmann

    SECRETARY

    Joven Estacio

    COMMITTEE MEMBER

    Sisilia Puku

    COMMITTEE MEMBER

    Theresa Ketting

    EXECUTIVE OFFICER

    Dean Wickham

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    SUNRAYSIA MALLEE ETHNIC

    COMMUNITIES COUNCIL INC

    STAFF 2011- 2012

    L-R

    Back row: Dean Wickham (Executive Officer), Lawrence Mona (Business Manager), Elfrida Chagellis(PAG), Alison Fraser (SGP) Front Row:Joselyne Ntahomvukiye (RAP), Jean Reed (Play Group), Juvelina Guterres (Play Group),

    Colleen Tarrant (HSS), Pamela Liddicoat (HACC), Nergus Zahidi (Administration) and Abdul Rezaei(HSS Community Guide)

    Absent: Kate Cotching (RAP), Jamuna Jackson (HSS Community Guide), Freshta Mahsoomi

    COMMITTEE MEMBER

    Redgina Balchin

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    PRESIDENT’S REPORT

    Over the frontage of this building there is a

    large map of Australia. If you look closely at it,

    you will see it is composed, in the form of 62

    other maps. They are the countries which

    have communities living in Mildura. This place

    is now one of the most culturally diverse

    Provincial Cities in Australia. Near the stylised

    map you will see the words” We are one, we

    are many. In diversity is strength. We are

    proud of our multicultural community.”

    Those maps and those words tell anyone who

    sees them what Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic

    Communities Council Inc. (SMECC) is all

    about. Our mission statement, and every

    organisation seems to have one these days, is “Embracing and supporting our

    multicultural community”. In our case the mission statement has real meaning and

    our Board and staff do embrace the concept of cultural diversity, and the staff in

    particular do spend their working days supporting the newcomers who live here.

    The board and the staff of SMECC are a microcosm of the general Mildura

    community. The board includes a member born in Tonga, one of Maori and another

    of Fijian extraction, a dual Irish Australian national and members of Welsh and

    German background. The staff of fifteen includes people born in East Timor,

    Afghanistan, Solomon Islands, Bougainville, Burundi and Greece as well as

    Australia.

    The annual report tells you what our staff spend their working week doing. It takes a

    certain type of person to work in this environment, and I congratulate our staff for

    their dedication, expertise and sheer hard work.

    Apart from newcomers who arrive in Mildura under their own steam to live and work,

    we continue to settle refugees under the auspices of the Department of Immigration

    and Citizenship. Currently we rent eleven accommodation units for them, and have

    recently purchased a large house to cope with the numbers. We are very pleased to

    take part in this nation building work, which fits perfectly with those words over the

    entrance to this building “In Diversity is Strength.”

    Let me tell you a story about a bloke who brought his wife and five children to

    Mildura to live. He and his family are from South Sudan; he is about seven feet tall,

    and very visible. His brother was killed in Melbourne in a racially motivated attack.

    After a meeting a couple of years ago I asked him why he had chosen Mildura. He

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    told me that he wanted to find a place where his family could live in peace. He had

    heard about Mildura, so came on his own to have a look at the place. He said “I was

    walking down the mall when I saw a local man walking towards me. When he got

    level with me he turned to me, smiled, and said “G’day Mate!” Like you are doing

    now, I waited for the rest of the story, but there was no more story to it. A simple

    smile and a “G’day Mate” was enough to convince this multi lingual university

    educated African man to bring his family to settle here. So the answer to the

    question ‘why do people from all over the world come to live in Mildura?’ is partially

    that they feel welcomed.

    Australia is a multicultural nation. Since the end of the Second World War in 1945,

    seven million people have migrated to Australia. As a result, today, one in four

    Australians, of our population of twenty two million, were born overseas - five and a

    half million overseas born Australians in fact. Forty four per cent of Australians, more

    than nine million, were either born overseas or have one or both parents born

    overseas. Apart from the antics of a few troglodytes, the system is working very well.

    I reckon we‘re privileged to be living in this vibrant multicultural provincial city in the

    twenty first century. WE ARE ONE, WE ARE MANY. We are proud of our

    multicultural community. In DIVERSITY IS STRENGTH.

    All Artwork in this publication has been used with permission of the Artist © Ramazan Ali Jaffari

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    EXECUTIVE OFFICER’S REPORT

    As the Executive Officer of SMECC, I have

    the privilege of working with culturally and

    linguistically diverse people every day.

    The role of SMECC as a service provider,

    facilitator and advocate makes for vibrant

    and challenging work. We at SMECC are

    acutely aware of the need to enhance service

    provision to Culturally and Linguistically

    Diverse (CALD) communities within the

    Sunraysia/Northern Mallee Region and lead

    the charge with pride.

    I thank our program partners;

    Department of Education and Early Childhood Development; Department of Immigration & Citizenship; Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship; Department of Health; Department of Health and Ageing; Mildura Rural City Council; Adult Migrant Education Services (AMES); Learn Local - Adult Community and Further Education (ACFE); Robinvale Network House; and Davison Ford. SMECC core programs: Settlement Grants Programme (SGP):

    The aim of the SGP is to deliver services which assist eligible clients to become self- reliant and participate equitably in Australian society as soon as possible after arrival. The SGP target group comprises permanent residents who have arrived in Australia during the last five years as:

    humanitarian entrants family stream migrants with low levels of English proficiency dependants of skilled migrants in rural and regional areas with low English

    proficiency.

    Select temporary residents (Prospective Marriage, Provisional Partner, Provisional Spouse and Provisional Interdependency visa holders and their dependants) in rural and regional areas who have arrived in Australia during the last five years and who have low English proficiency also fall within the target group. http://www.immi.gov.au/living-in-australia/delivering-assistance/settlement-grants/

    http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=deecd&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CCEQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.education.vic.gov.au%2F&ei=geJ8UIPKGIiRiQfKooDACw&usg=AFQjCNF60So1bdabpt4RzcaY7WmNN6MVBQ http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&amp