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Banyule City Council 23 March 2015 Agenda Part 3

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    Item: 5.1 Attachment 1: Multicultural Advisory Committee Meeting - Minutes - 5/2/2015

    ORDINARY MEETING OF COUNCIL ON 23 MARCH 2015 Page 207

    Banyule Multicultural Advisory Committee (BMAC): Minutes from committee meeting 05/02/15

    Council Chambers Ivanhoe Town Hall

    1. Attendances & Apologies Attendees: Cr Mark Di Pasquale (Chairperson), Cr Rick Garotti, Hussein Haraco, Gillian Hirst, Albert

    Fatileh, Maxine Matthews, Beverley Moss, Jane Grace, Rosemary Crosthwaite, Ryoko

    Williams, Essan Dilleri, George Giuliani, Abdirizak Mohamed, George Zeng (arrived 6.45pm),

    Theonie Tacticos, India Mortlock, Allison Beckwith, Allister Crawford

    Apologies: Simeon Yang, Uma Vijay, Mick Geary, Kirsten Slifirski, Cr Jenny Mulholland, Cr Craig Langdon Photos were taken of the committee prior to the start of the meeting 2. Welcome and Introductions Cr Di Pasquale formally opened the meeting and noted the Apologies. He also welcomed Abdirazak Mohamed who was attending the meeting for the first time and Mick Geary who had joined the Committee but was unable to attend the meeting. 3. Minutes of previous meeting The minutes of the previous meeting were emailed on 26 November 2014, adopted on 1 December 2014 and posted on the website as per our new terms of reference.

    The minutes went to Council on Monday 2 February for noting. In response to the minutes the Council made the following resolutions (Resolution CO2015/6). That:

    1. Council notes the 20 November 2014 Minutes of the Multicultural Advisory

    Committee. 2. Councillors make a statement at a Council meeting reflecting that Council does not

    tolerate racism and stands with the Muslim Community 3. All Councillors be requested to sign a joint statement of support for Asylum Seekers

    living in the Community and be provided and displayed at each Customer Service centre.

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    4. Business Arising 4.1 Community Cohesion in the Mall project ideas A committee member updated the Committee about a project idea to take a group of people to the Islamic Museum to build their understanding of Muslim culture and faith. The tour will take place during Cultural Diversity Week and following the tour the participants will take part in the Taste of Harmony Celebrations in the Mall in Heidelberg West. Committee members are invited to advise Council if they would like to attend. 4.2 Interfaith Statement The Committee discussed the statement that had been prepared by the Banyule Interfaith Network to be read at the start of Council meetings. The Committee felt that the statement was quite long and would cut into the time at Council meetings. The Committee felt that the first two paragraphs acknowledging the Wurundjeri people and cultural diversity were important statements to be made at the start of each Council meeting. The Councillors present at the meeting undertook to consider the Committees advice and discuss the statement with their fellow Councillors. 4.3 Mosque Open Day Many members from the Advisory Committee were involved in running the Mosque Open Day or attended the day. They advised that the event was generally successful and they intend to run the event again this year. They will keep the Multicultural Advisory Committee informed of progress. 4.4 Support to Refugees and Asylum Seekers Council officers provided an update that they are currently mapping available services to Asylum Seekers and Refugees within the municipality. Committee members discussed some of the needs that Asylum Seekers have including English language training and access to meaningful activities to participate in. Committee members also suggested a number of local programs that are available. A committee member also suggested the possibility of community members offering to host Asylum Seekers and Refugees in their homes.

    Action: Consider the Interfaith Statement, taking into account the advice from the Committee Responsibility: Councillors

    Action: Run a tour to the Islamic Museum for community members

    Responsibility: Committee member and Council officers

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    These suggestions will be looked at as part of the mapping. As part of this process, Council will look into the role it can play in connecting Asylum Seekers and Refugees into the opportunities. A representative from Spectrum offered to present on the needs of Asylum Seekers and Refugees at a future meeting. (Note that guest speaker Mohammed Isa from Uniting Care Lentara provided a presentation to the Advisory Committee regarding asylum seeker assistance and needs on 2 October 2014)

    5. New Business 5.1 2014 Household Survey Report A representative from Councils business services unit presented to the Committee about the 2014 Household Survey. The Survey captures data on the country of birth of Banyule residents, period of residence in Australia, English proficiency and language spoken at home. 5.2 Multicultural Plan Measuring our Progress This item was deferred to the next meeting 5.3 2015 Cultural Diversity Week Council officers updated the Committee on events happening across the municipality to celebrate Cultural Diversity Week. The Committee suggested that the information be passed on to schools to include in their newsletters.

    7. Thank you and next meeting The meeting was officially closed. A next meeting date was not agreed upon. Note: Subsequent to the meeting, it has been decided that the date of the next meeting will be 16 April 2015

    Action: Continue the mapping of services available to Asylum Seekers and Refugees within the municipality

    Responsibility: Council officers

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    Item: 5.1 Attachment 1: Multicultural Advisory Committee Meeting - Minutes - 5/2/2015

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    Banyule Multicultural Advisory Committee Action Progress Sheet 05/02/2015

    Item: Action Required: Responsibility Status

    Real opportunities, real jobs

    Council will review recruitment processes and explore remunerated as well as voluntary opportunities for people from multicultural and Indigenous backgrounds

    Council In progress

    Support to refugees and asylum seekers

    Map the services available to asylum seekers and refugees in Banyule and identify gaps. Committee members to provide information about existing services.

    Council and Committee members

    In progress

    Budget submissions Hold a committee meeting to consider budget submissions for next year

    Council and committee members

    In progress

    Dandenong asylum seeker statement

    Finalise Councils signing of the Statement

    Council officers In progress

    Community Cohesion

    Councillors to make a statement at a Council meeting to reflect that Council does not tolerate racism and stands with the Muslim community

    Councillors In progress

    Community Cohesion

    Run a tour to the Islamic Museum for community members

    Committee Member and Council officers

    In progress

    Interfaith Prayer Consider the Interfaith Prayer taking into account the advice from the Committee

    Councillors Completed

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    Item: 5.2 Attachment 1: Minutes - LGBTI Advisory Committee Meeting - 10/2/15

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    Minutes 10th February 2015, 5.30pm-6.30pm LGBTI Advisory Committee

    Tom Roberts Room Ivanhoe Town Hall

    1. Attendances & Apologies Attendees: Cr Jenny Mulholland (Chair), Cr Tom Mellican, Cr Craig Langdon, Vita Catalano, Nicole Coad, Paul Wiseman, Sharelle Rowe, Rachel Jovic, Samantha Soggee, Karen Joy Mccoll, Allison Beckwith, India Mortlock, Theonie Tacticos Apologies: Justin Goldsmith, Jane Grace, Meaghan Holden, Rhett Mcphie 2. Committee Photo A photo was taken of the Committee Members

    3. Welcome and Introductions Councillor Mulholland formally opened the meeting and welcomed Committee members. She noted the apologies and welcomed four new members (Paul Wiseman, Sharelle Rowe, Rachel Jovic, Samantha Soggee) onto the Committee. She also noted that Phillip Orth had resigned from the Committee. 4. Minutes The minutes of the previous meeting were emailed on 27 November 2014, adopted on 1 December 2014 and posted on the website as per our new terms of reference. The minutes went to Council on Monday 2 February for noting. 5. Business Arising 5.1 Review of Midsumma Festival and Pride March Committee members commented that there was really positive acknowledgement from the crowd to Banyule being in the Pride March. It was great that many staff and the Mayor attended and next year efforts should focus on trying to get more community members. It was also suggested that all the Councils should walk next to each other. Committee members also felt that the Midsumma stall was successful. It was a good opportunity to connect with people who live in Banyule and let them know that Banyule has a LGBTI Plan and Committee. 5.2 IDAHO Council officers updated the Committee that at the Council meeting on 2 February the Council had resolved to support a cocktail event to celebrate IDAHO Day. The format will be similar to the event in 2014 with a comedian, music and speakers. Council offic