Liveable Diversity Regional Roundtable and Liveable Diversity Summit

Even as populist voices claim we cannot live with more migration and diversity, Victoria remains one of the most diverse and liveable places on earth. What can the world learn from Victoria about liveable diversity, and vice versa? Motivated by this question, the Liveable Diversity Summit brought a delegation of experts to Victoria from the International Metropolis Conference, the world’s largest gathering of experts on migration and diversity, to share experiences and best practices surrounding diversity with their senior Victorian counterparts in public policy, research and civil society.

Victoria hosted several events following the International Metropolis Conference held in Sydney between 29 October – 2 November 2018. These events took place over the course of 3 days (7 – 9 November) and included Regional and Metro Roundtables and the Liveable Diversity Summit.

BRMC was proud to host the Liveable Diversity Regional Roundtable at the Ballarat Welcome Centre on 7 November 2018.
Here are a few of the highlights:

How to make a place for welcoming: mille feuille placemaking in Ballarat

here studio / University of Melbourne and Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council

  • Ballarat Welcome Centre is a BRMC project to create a diversity hub in Ballarat. It is supported by the Victorian Government through the Strategic Capacity Building Program.
  • Key Concepts: Multiplicity (and diversity), Process (and openness), Connection (and belonging)
    • Volunteer programs
    • Heart Space drop-in centre
    • Fotobiennale Aldona Kmiec
    • Convent tours and Twilight markets
    • Yoga, dance and artists in residence
    • Small emerging business incubation
    • Leadership and training programs
    • Gardening projects and dust buster working bees
    • Migrant morning teas
    • Choirs and music performances
    • Ballarat African Association Seminar series

Health and Wellbeing Action Group

Gender Equality and Family Violence

Partnerships in action: WHG, CORE, CHIFVC and Ballarat Community Health

  • Our journey in this space began with a project called Happy Health Homes, in partnership with City of Ballarat to run a series of DIY and arts workshops for women from migrant and refugee backgrounds.
  • WHG and CoRE obtained more funding a for a 12 month project called It Takes Courage. Sessions include teaching women more about PVAW, respectful relationships etc. Many of the key messages appear in the It Takes Courage recipe book.
  • Safer Pathways for Refugee and Immigrant Women who are at Risk of Family Violence – Aims to enable refugee and immigrant women who are experiencing, or at risk of, family and domestic violence or sexual assault, to access culturally appropriate support from family and domestic violence or sexual assault services, and mainstream health service providers, in regional areas.

Ballarat City Football Club Intercultural Participation Program

  • Club’s ethos: to best develop regional football, talented local players should have opportunity to participate regardless of ethnicity, culture, religion or other socio-economic challenge.
  • BCFC is privileged to support 15 CALD players of refugee background with full football scholarships (equivalent to approximately $17,000 per annum).
  • BCFC’s very real intercultural heart has afforded capacity to establish partnerships with local agencies including BRMC & CMY Ballarat to realise meaningful community programs.