Multicultural groups from across Casey came together to speak up about the issues they face and to share ideas on what can be done to support our diverse local community.

State Member for Narre Warren South Judith Couacaud Graley MP was joined by the new Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Helen Kapalos at the community forum last night.

The forum was an opportunity for local multicultural community groups to raise their concerns about issues such as funding for translating and interpreting services, the need to engage with young people, grants and how we can build a more inclusive and tolerant community.

Ms Kapalos spoke about her new role as Chairperson, her remarkable life story, her commitment to engaging directly with community groups and that she would certainly be returning to Casey in the future.

There was also an opportunity for those in attendance to ask Ms Kapalos any questions they had about the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

For more information about the Victoria Multicultural Commission and to apply for grants please visit http://www.multicultural.vic.gov.au/.

Quotes attributable to Member for Narre Warren South Judith Couacaud Graley

“Our wonderfully diverse and growing local community faces many unique challenges and it is so very important that we all work together to address them,”

“I am very pleased that so many people from so many backgrounds got to meet the new Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission right here in Casey,”   

“Ms Kapalos took a real interest in what people were saying, displaying such genuine compassion and warmth as she took the time to meet and hear from everyone,”

“We had a fantastic discussion about the issues facing our community and I know that we
will all continue to work together to make our community great.”