The Territory Labor Government has awarded three multicultural organisations funding to renovate or upgrade their facilities, boosting their community assets and creating local jobs for Territorians.
The three multicultural organisations who received funding include:
The Hindu Society of the Northern Territory – $90 000 to open a new entrance to separate the Harmony Hall from the temple and construct 30 carparks
The Italian Sports and Social Club – $11 000 to repair fence and gate damaged by the Cyclone Marcus for its facility
The Serbian Orthodox Church Mission of St Sava Incorporated – $18 000 to renovate and extend existing toilet facilities
Additional funding of $50,000 was also awarded to four organisations under sharing arrangements. The organisations include the Filipino Australian Association of the NT, Greek Orthodox Community of Northern Australia, Hindu Society of the NT, and Portuguese and Timorese Social Club.
The Multicultural Community Facilities Grants Program is designed to assist projects that provide improved:
Venues that will be used to host a range of multicultural events
Meeting places to encourage development, expression and promotion of multicultural diversity
Premises available for use by all Territorians irrespective of their cultural and linguistic background
As stated by Minister for Multicultural Affairs Dale Wakefield
Our diverse, multicultural community is part of the Territorys identity and one of our biggest strengths.
The Territory Labor Government is investing in our multicultural organisations to thrive because a rich, multicultural community benefits every Territorian. These grants will also help create jobs for locals as upgrade works begin on community facilities.
The latest Census data shows us that the Northern Territory is now more multicultural than Australia as a whole with 30 per cent of the population identifying as having been born overseas.
Programs such as the Community Facilities Grants support multicultural organisations to expand their work in growing the Territorys social and cultural development, and enriching everyday Territory life.