Funding to bring cultures together on country

New arrivals to the region will have a chance to embrace the world’s oldest continuing culture through a series of events being supported by the NSW Government.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has today announced $5000 from Round 2 of Multicultural NSW’s Stronger Together Grants Program for Connective Indigenous Corporation (CIC) to host the Red Earth Multicultural Festival.

“From our First Nations people, to those more recent arrivals who have chosen to call the Dubbo region home, cultural diversity is part of our identity,” Mr Saunders said.

“This funding will enable Connective Indigenous Corporation to bring those people and cultures together, in a format that is open, inviting, informative and engaging for the whole community.

“This event will also be an opportunity for people to talk, listen and develop respect and understanding for each other and the cultural strengths we all have.”

CIC project manager Rob Salt said the funding would help cover catering and transport, reducing financial barriers for people to take part.

“The activities we’ve got organised probably wouldn’t have gone ahead without the funding,” Mr Salt said.

“We’re a country with a very old and new history, and we’re working through those challenges, but at the end of all the issues that occur in the world, especially at the moment, people just want to connect at a really basic level, yarn, eat, share cultures and knowledge and just appreciate what we all bring to Dubbo.

“We’re really excited that this funding will provide that opportunity to do that during 2022, post-COVID, which we’re all looking forward to!”

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