The Andrews Labor Government has provided an $80,000 grant to support the development of stronger relationships between different cultures and faiths within the City of Casey.

This funding will go towards social cohesion initiatives and will be delivered by the City of Casey, in collaboration with the Casey Multifaith Network and other local organisations.

Ms Graley said that Casey was a wonderfully diverse and unique community that would be further strengthened by this investment.

“It is vital that we continue to encourage people of all faiths, cultures and languages to come together as a community and embrace each and everyone’s unique perspective and background,”

“Our diversity is one of our greatest strengths and by working together to break down barriers and encourage understanding our community will only grow stronger.”

Jim Reiher, President of the Casey Multifaith Network said that it was wonderful to
see resources being channelled towards increasing tolerance, understanding and friendship within groups of different faiths and cultures. 

“The best way to fight extremism is to learn from our neighbours and live and work
together in peace and harmony,”

“The Casey Multifaith Network feels privileged to be considered for this program due
to the ground-breaking work done by the network for the past 8 years.”

Naureen Choudhry, Secretary of the Casey Multifaith Network said that the Casey Multifaith Network has an eight year record of holding events in the City of Casey with the objective of promoting social cohesion.

“The Network has taken the lead in organising tours to different places of worship to break down barriers,”

“The weekly multifaith radio program Voices of Faith is broadcast locally by different faith groups and Events such as Annual Gathering and White Ribbon Day events bring together people of diverse background on a single platform to create an environment of understanding and acceptance.”

The grant will support the delivery of:

  • a five week program of interfaith community activities across Casey
  • a sports youth leadership program to increase the participation of youth from diverse backgrounds in mainstream sports
  •  tours of diverse food businesses in Casey to connect ethno-specific and mainstream businesses and encourage participation in the local business network.

This funding is part of a broader $500,000 Victorian Government program to support locally-designed intercultural and interfaith initiatives to strengthen social cohesion in a number of local government areas around Victoria.