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Successful recipients of the 2015–16 Multicultural Arts and Festivals Grants were announced today to assist organisations hosting festivals and arts projects that celebrate Australian diversity and unite us as a community.

 

A total of $130,000 was allocated to 32 events to support a broad range of not-for-profit organisations and local councils in supporting and growing social cohesion.

 

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP said the Esperance Waitangi Day Celebration would bring together the local community in Esperance.

 

“I encourage all residents to come along and support Esperance Community Arts and Te Whanau O Tumanako on 6 February 2016,” said Mr Wilson said.

 

“Australians take great pride in our multicultural nation and organisations such Esperance Community Arts and Te Whanau O Tumanako helps our new neighbours feel welcome in Esperance.”

 

The event will be a celebration of culture and history of the New Zealand community including Polynesian cultural groups within the region.  The event will aim to engage younger Maori generations in Esperance and encourage New Zealanders to connect and to build relationships with the wider Esperance community.

 

Minister for Social Services the Hon Christian Porter MP said Australia’s successful settlement of millions of migrants is a point of pride for our nation.

 

“I am delighted Commonwealth Government funding will help a range of not-for-profit organisations and local councils in respecting, supporting and growing social cohesion in Australia,” Mr Porter said.

 

The Commonwealth Government will continue to work with multicultural communities to capitalise on the social and economic benefits of diversity committing approximately $660 million in the 2015 Budget over the next four years.

 

Visit the Department of Social Services’ website for more information on your local event and a full list of funded events.

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australia Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.