Manager, Community Programs, Hobart City Council
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 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
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.
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