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Harmony Day 2013
Harmony Day is celebrated Australia-wide to promote multicultural tolerance and belonging.
Maroondah's population is becoming more diverse and multicultural.
In 2011, 21,805 Maroondah residents were born overseas, with 20% arriving in Maroondah in the last five years. Maroondah has the second highest number of refugees from Burma in Victoria.
Harmony Day event
When: Saturday 23 March
Where: Eastland Shopping Centre, centre stage
Time: 12 noon to 4pm (1.30pm signing of Regugee Welcome Zone declaration)
A community Harmony Day event will be held featuring a postcard art exhibition titled 'Wish You Were Here....", various cultural performances and the signing of the Refugee Welcome Zone declaration by the Mayor of Maroondah.
The postcard exhibition features artwork created by members of the Maroondah community.
Each postcard reflects the individual artist’s experience of Maroondah’s multicultural community, with artists choosing to represent their thoughts using a range of genres including photos, paintings, collages and poems.
Refugee Welcome Zone
A Refugee Welcome Zone is a Local Government Area that has made a commitment in spirit to:
- welcome refugees into the community
- uphold the human rights of refugees
- demonstrate compassion
- enhance cultural and religious diversity in the community.
Facts and information
Services and groups in Maroondah
In response to the increasing numbers of refugees settling in the City of Maroondah, Council, in partnership with Victoria Police, has developed a directory designed for use by local service providers, community groups, migrants and refugees, and the general community. The 34-page booklet contains the contact details of around 60 local services and community groups, and briefly describes the ways in which they may assist newly-arrived refugees and migrants to settle in Maroondah.