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Fostering Integration Grants to help migrants succeed

The Shire of Katanning is set to receive $43,000 for its Activating Integration program.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson welcomed the announcement, which will help support migrants integrate into Australian life.

The Federal Government’s $5 million Fostering Integration Grant Program supports the delivery of one-off projects and new or expanded initiatives that encourage economic and social participation of new arrivals, including activities that promote employment and participation in the broader community.

The grants will assist migrants to integrate into life in Australia, with a focus on supporting women, young people and those settling in regional areas.

“I grew up, and raised my children among the generations of new Australians in Katanning. I have seen first hand the incredible contribution migrants have made to regional communities like Katanning,” Mr Wilson said.

“I recognise that integration and social cohesion are critical to Australia’s success – ensuring new arrivals share Australian values, contribute to our economic prosperity and participate fully in our society.

“Our success as a country results from generations of migrants who effectively integrated and contributed to Australia.

“We want all migrants to succeed and make the most of the opportunities Australia has to offer, just as previous generations have done. We also want to maintain and build on our success as a cohesive society.

Mr Coleman said the grants will help not-for-profit organisations deliver programs and activities that give migrants the best chance of succeeding in Australia.

“Activities may include anything from helping migrants to undertake valuable work experience in order to succeed in the workforce or opportunities to practice English in their local community to helping migrants better understand Australian values and civics.”

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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.