Redefining the Mainstream: Local Government, Inclusive Communities

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


Steve Georgopoulos
Coordinator, Multicultural Education Unit, TAFE NSW - Hunter Institute.

TAFE and Community ­ Working in Partnership to Help Build Community Harmony

The Hunter Region has as its main city Newcastle and the region has about 800, 000 people. Singleton is located here as was the Singleton Safe Haven which has now become the Singleton Detention Centre for asylum seekers.

The region has about ten percent of its population from culturally diverse backgrounds. This is a small proportion of the general population when compared to Sydney and Melbourne. This demographic isolation is common to all regional areas in Australia. So, the strategies and activities developed in the Hunter to build community harmony are relevant to other regional / rural areas.

The paper will address the formation of groups such as Cultures in Action (CIA) which organises the now annual event The Cultural Stomp, The Hunter Organisation for Peace and Equity (HOPE) and the new website which acts as the communications hub in the Hunter ­ It will also include the formation of a group organising a Welcoming Ceremony for Asylum Seekers at Singleton Detention Centre.

Steve Georgopoulos is the Institute Multicultural Education Coordinator for Hunter Institute. He has worked extensively with immigrants and refugees for the past 12 years in the Hunter Region. He has conducted Cultural Awareness workshops for many organizations including the most recent ­ at Singleton Detention Centre for Australasian Correctional Management staff. He designed the first Migrant Skills Website which incorporated an interactive database for community groups to inform others about themselves and services without the need for web technology knowledge in 1997.

Presentation Type
30 min. Paper


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