NEMA Archived Projects

Funded by the Department of Health, now the Department of Social Services, from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2015, the North East Multicultural Aged Care Connections Project (NEMACC) worked within the Victorian local government areas of Alpine, Indigo, Wangaratta, Benalla and Mansfield.

NEMACC enabled Elderly Australian Migrants to continue to lead active and healthy lives, where possible in their own homes, for longer by improving access to information and aged care services. A priority of our work was to enhance the capacity of aged care service providers to assist people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds, and to ensure that ageing migrants received the quality of care they require.

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Facilitated by the North East Multicultural Association, the Migrants Life Journey Reflections Project is a collaborative effort involving various people of the local community: NEMA employees; Storytellers from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds across the NEMA catchment areas of Shire of Indigo, Shire of Mansfield, Shire of Wangaratta, Shire of Benalla and Shire of Alpine; dedicated volunteers; and Springboard Training Solutions Pty Ltd all contributed to the success of this project. The focus of this endeavour was to mark the importance of the cultural heritage for North East Victorians and to celebrate the significant contribution made by post-war migrants, on which local industries and communities have succeeded.

The post WWII period saw an influx of migrants into North East Victoria, who found work in areas such as the Kiewa Hydro Electric Scheme local manufacturing industries, private business, health and education professions, and setting up and working on farms - tobacco and livestock. These migrants contributed to the economy and helped to develop the culture of the North East as it is today.

We are proud to showcase the following 90+ short movie clips that have been arranged into 6 themes :

  • Making a Living
  • Family life
  • Food, Culture and Community Involvement
  • Schooling & Childhood Experiences
  • Recreational and sporting activities
  • Settling in the North East of Victoria

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We feel that the project has resulted in a rich educational resource that is available to schools, educational and community facilities, families, friends and the general public.

Each year, on the 21st March, Harmony Day is held to coincide with the United Nations International Day for elimination of racial discrimination. Its purpose is to celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity and foster a sense of inclusiveness, respect and belonging in everyone who calls Australia home. The message of Harmony Day is that everyone belongs. 2015 was a special year as it marked the 15th anniversary of Harmony Day. Some fascinating statistics about Australia’s diversity include:

In November 2015, NEMA was proud to partner with members of the local Indian Community and host a DIWALI – “Hindu Festival of Light” celebration. The event took place at the NEMA office. There were a range of beautiful colourful Indian textiles and delicious Indian delicacies for sale. Thanks to Paul Singh, Sim Kaur, Aruna and friends from Hunger Valley Restaurant, and Pooja and friends from the Curry Café in Wills Street for their participation. Inside we had special help from volunteers Brenda Krishandutt and her husband Sashi, and the Chaudhary family, to decorate the venue in bright lively colours, set up a traditional shrine area, cultural display boards, and children’s art activities. As the festival is symbolic of light overcoming darkness, we had flameless tea lights and other cultural decorations such as special Rangoli designs on the ground. A highlight of the celebration were Bollywood dancers.

The Voice of Multiculturalism
in North East Victoria

  • Alpine Shire
  • Benalla Rural City
  • Indigo Shire
  • Mansfield Shire
  • Rural City of Wangaratta