Redefining the Mainstream: Local Government, Inclusive Communities

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


Sue Willey
Manager, Community Programs, Hobart City Council
Alison Wild
Community Development Officer, Hobart City Council

Networking for Harmony: A Model for Addressing Racism and Cultural Isolation at a Local Government Level

Networking for Harmony was a joint project of 5 Councils in the greater Hobart area, the Migrant Resource Centre South, Multicultural Council of Tasmania, Australians for Reconciliation and the National Sorry Day Committee. The Networking for Harmony Project was funded for 18 months by the Commonwealth Government's Living in Harmony Initiative. The project was managed by a steering committee made up of representatives of these organisations.

The project aimed to bring together local government, community organisations, clubs and individuals to address issues of racism and cultural isolation in the community.

Community meetings were held in each Council area where local issues were discussed. Strategies to address the issues were identified and incorporated into community plans and programs. Local Networking for Harmony groups were formed to oversee the implementation of the plans. Plans and programs were diverse and ranged from education programs, arts projects and festivals to more formal input into the operations of Council. Local groups were supported by Council Officers and continue beyond the funding of the project.

Alison Wild
Alison was the Project Officer for the Networking for Harmony Project. She now works for Hobart City Council as a Community Development Officer with a specific focus on cultural diversity. This involves continuing to support the Hobart Networking for Harmony group.

Sue Willey
Sue is the Manager, Community Programs, at Hobart City Council, and was involved in the Networking for Harmony Project from its inception. Sue's portfolio of responsibilities at Hobart City Council includes cultural diversity and reconciliation.

Presentation Type
30 min. Paper

Equipment Requirements:
OHP as alternative
Data Projector


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