Sydney (Tribune International, Multicultural NSW Release, 5 March 2021): The NSW Government, via Multicultural NSW, has launched a new four-year multicultural strategy that aims to build on our shared sense of value in cultural diversity and foster stronger community relations.

Minister for Multiculturalism Geoff Lee said the Multicultural NSW Strategic Plan 2021-2025 is grounded in a whole-of-community approach and reinforces the NSW Government’s commitment to a harmonious and socially cohesive NSW.

“The coronavirus pandemic has had unique impacts on our culturally diverse communities, requiring us to engage more deeply to better understand and meet their needs,” Mr Lee said.

“Now more than ever, we need to be guided by a strategic vision that brings together sector expertise, innovative practices and the lived experiences of migrants and refugees.

“Cultural diversity is one of our State’s greatest assets and this Plan seeks to grow capability within the community and across NSW Government departments to be more understanding and responsive.”

Multicultural NSW Chief Executive Officer Joseph La Posta said the Plan was the outcome of extensive community engagement throughout metropolitan and regional NSW.

“More than 400 people attended 16 consultation sessions, representing a range of views from leaders in the public, private, NGO, youth, arts, religious and media sectors across our cities and regions,” Mr La Posta said.

“This plan was an opportunity to cast our minds forward and consider what we all want our multicultural society to look like in 2025.

“We will be expanding our networks across communities and Government, to continue to meet the needs of our culturally, religiously and linguistically diverse communities.”

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