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Wodonga’s journey towards access & equity. Wodonga’s migrant history  After World War II, over 300,000 migrants arrived in Bonegilla migrant centre (near.

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1 Wodonga’s journey towards access & equity

2 Wodonga’s migrant history  After World War II, over 300,000 migrants arrived in Bonegilla migrant centre (near Wodonga)  About half the refugees arriving in Australia immediately after WWII came through Bonegilla  In 1998/99, Bandiana Army Barracks (near Wodonga) hosted several hundred displaced Kosovar Albanians who were offered Temporary Safe Haven Visas

3 Migrants came from over 50 countries inc. Germany, the Netherlands, Britain, Austria, Italy, Greece, Hungary and Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Spain, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. *Albury Library Photo Archive

4 Wodonga Today  Population: Wodonga 38,000  (Albury/ Wodonga 85,000)  9.6% of population born overseas  Wodonga key settlement area  Approx 1,000 recently settled refugees (Albury/Wodonga)  Main countries of origin – Bhutan/Nepal, South Sudan, DRC (Congo)  Large skilled migrant and int. student population

5 Challenges / Issues Access & cost of interpreting services Lack of information sharing between services Lack of support (particularly skilled migrants) Referrals (back & forth) Referral pathways/criteria/eligibility Limited public transport Diverse people, diverse needs Government policies Community attitudes – laziness, too hard, racism etc.

6 Shaking the apple tree Multicultural Interagency Network Albury Wodonga Ethnic Communities Council Community excitement for cultural events etc. Capacity building – working with individual workers, using interpreters, cultural awareness training Advocacy – engaging with media, business and government agencies Community education – schools, art projects, info spreading

7 Council’s role into the future Imbed in council strategy Use interpreting services Apply for funding (community leadership, community safety, social cohesion etc) Multicultural & social cohesion strategies/policies Cultural Awareness training for staff Cultural initiatives ie. Refugee Welcome Zone, Harmony Day and Refugee Week projects Partner with service providers to increase their capacity to engage with diverse clients Lead by example - employ migrants in paid and voluntary positions Social cohesion initiatives, Neighbourhood BBQ’s etc

8 Gateway Health - Migrant Welcome Zone Wellbeing outcomes for ALL the community Refugee Nurse, GP’s and Mental Health Mentors Translated website and resources Culture Club On-site Interpreter Advocacy Settlement Services* Promote Access & Equity as a mutual benefit, not just a right!

9 Brett Sanderson (02) Dax Mathews (02)


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