Redefining the Mainstream: Local Government, Inclusive Communities

The Second National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism, Immigration and Human Rights


Farvardin Daliri
Manager, Migrant Resource Centre, Townsville

Community Education About Race Relations is a Good Investment

Townsville being a regional city in the north Queensland in comparison with Brisbane and far north Queensland has experienced less incidents of racial vilification in recent time. This became evident after recent waves of racial vilification incidents and harassment of ethnic minorities immediately after the September 11 Terrorism attack. Working closely with the police and ethnic communities I was constantly in contact with local ethic communities with vigilance. While in other parts of Queensland unfortunate incidents against ethnic minorities took place, Townsville region remained incident free. This paper deals with the reasons for this outcome. From the point of view of the MRC, seven years of investment in community education through various projects has paid back and what we observe today is direct and indirect result of effective community education projects and activities with the aim of enhancement of race relations and community cohesion. In this paper a number of key and important community education projects will be presented and in terms of their effects within community analysed. Issues of resourcing, politics of multiculturalism and its double standard, and future potential of such projects will be discussed.

1- Final stages of Doctoral thesis in Education, Jams Cook University.
2- Master of Educational Studies. Monash University, 1991.
3- Bachelor of Education. Latrobe University, Melbourne, 1987.
4- Postgraduate Research in Ceramic Designs. Lucknow University, India 1983.
5- Bachelor of Fine Arts. Lucknow University, India. 1977 - 82

Professional experience and employment history.
1- Manager of Migrant Resource Centre. Since 1995
2- Owner of Farvardin's Frogallery, on going.
3- Developing and delivering Adult Training Courses in cross cultural awareness.
4- Event organiser for Townsville region's major annual event "Cultural Fest".
5- Associate Lecturer, School of Education, James Cook University, 1992 - 5.
6- Senior Research Assistant, Department of Education James Cook University of Queensland. 1991 - 3.
7- Community Field Officer, Devonport, Migrant Resource Centre in North Tasmania, 1985-86

Presentation Type
30 min. Paper

Equipment Requirements:
Data Projector


Deakin Woolstores Campus, Geelong Waterfront
30 November - 1 December 2001