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Cultural Diversity

 

The Lane Cove Municipality is home to a vibrant and diverse community with over 20% of people coming from countries where English was not their first language and speak a language other than English at home.

Our commitment to cultural diversity starts with our acknowledgment of the Cameraygal people as the original inhabitants of our area. We celebrate the survival of their culture following European colonisation. Lane Cove Council is working with the Aboriginal Heritage Office to protect indigenous heritage in Lane Cove.

To view the makeup of our community, visit the ID Profile of Lane Cove to learn more about our age, where we came from, what we do, where we live and how educated we are.

Harmony Day

Harmony Day is celebrated on 21 March each year. It is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home. Each year Council provides a range of community events to celebrate Harmony Week. This provides an opportunity for residents to celebrate our diverse and harmonious multicultural community, to recommit to the values of respect and goodwill towards our fellow Australians of all backgrounds, and to say no to racism.

Help for newly arrived migrants

To assist in settling in the community, quick reference guides on local services for newly arrived migrants are now available in English and selected community languages. The guides have been produced by the Lower North Shore Multicultural Network with financial assistance from Lane Cove Council and other lower north shore councils.

The Migrant Employment Guide has been written to help migrants from non-English speaking backgrounds to find a job. It is full of practical tips to help you understand the steps involved in finding a job in Australia. It includes contact details for local services which can help you with your job search and provides links to useful websites for more information.

English Conversation Classes

These classes are for people who would like to improve their English conversation skills and for whom English is a second language.  Volunteers will help you to have everyday conversations as well as to learn more about Australian society and customs. For more information contact Ruth on 9911 3593.

 

Sydney Multicultural Community Services

The Sydney Multicultural Community Services (or Sydney MCS) is a community based not for profit organisation, specialising in service provision for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. Sydney MCS provides free services to newly arrived refugees and migrants and is funded by the Australian government to deliver the Settlement Services Program (SSP), which involves: casework, community development and migration assistance.

Casework

Casework includes the provision of information, referral and advocacy on areas such as accommodation, housing, employment, education, English language classes, financial support, health, counseling, domestic violence, youth and family support.

Community Development

This includes the implementation of projects that aim to support and empower newly emerging community groups. This can involve working in partnership with community members and other service providers to facilitate information sessions, workshops, training and up skilling programs and community linkages.

Migration Assistance

This service is provided free of charge to migrants and refugees in order to provide immigration consultation and advice. A Migration Agent is available at the Centre:

Who can use this service?

Refugees and migrants who have arrived in Australia within five years and reside in Lower North Shore Local Government Areas. Staff have access to free interpreting services therefore case work is available in all the major languages. Where a specific cultural approach is need, they will refer to the appropriate cultural services.

For more information phone 8458 3345

 

TIS Translation Service

TIS is a government service providing language assistance in the various community languages. If you need to speak to someone at Council but have difficulty speaking English, ask a Council staff member to contact TIS on 131 450. More information about procedures for accessing this service can be view on the TIS Information Sheet

 

Library Services

To improve access to information for local people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds Lane Cove Library offers a range of resources both in the Library and online.

The Library has a Chinese Language collection which includes books, magazines, newspapers, DVDs and an online Chinese eMagazine database, Bookan. Utilising the State Library of NSW Multicultural Lending Service Collection, the Library offers adult and children's books in a range of community languages. Please contact the Library on 9911 3634 if you would like to request a specific language.

For people wanting to improve their English language skills the Library promotes a Literacy Collection that includes books (including IELTS publications), DVDs, CD ROMS and Easy Adult Readers. There are two online resources available to assist borrowers to further develop language skills: Transparent Language Online and AMES Learn English Online.

AMES

Transparent language online

 Bookan

 

Links to Australian and NSW Government information in community languages

Immigration & Citizenship

Australian Taxation Office – tax information

Beginning a Life in Australia – welcomes newly-arrived migrants and humanitarian entrants to Australia – available in 37 community languages

Centrelink – information on government financial assistance and employment

Office of Fair Trading – covers topics such as buying a car, renting and credit

The Adult Migrant English Service – English language courses for newly arrived migrants

State Library of NSW – information about public libraries & language collections in New South Wales

Roads and Transport Authority – Driver's Knowledge Test

Road Users Handbook (PDF files) – in English as well as Chinese, Croatian, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese.