Western Australia Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests John Castrilli
New Guide On Implementing Multiculturalism Locally
Victor P Taffa
The State Government has produced a practical guide to assist local governments improve their responsiveness to the increasingly diverse needs of communities in Western Australia.
Speaking at the 2010 Western Australian Local Government Convention, Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister John Castrilli said ‘Implementing the Principles of Multiculturalism Locally’ was a practical tool to plan and deliver services that were inclusive of the needs of residents from culturally and linguistically-diverse backgrounds.
The guide incorporated a decision-making framework, explanation of terms, tested tips and case studies highlighting the innovative multicultural programs and experiences of several WA Local Governments.
“Local government reform is placing greater emphasis on community engagement and consultation. The guide assists local governments to involve the community in future planning.” Mr. Castrilli said.
“Residents need to feel involved in future planning and service delivery for the area where they live and that their ideas and diversity are reflected.”
“Implementing the Principles of Multiculturalism Locally’ highlights the benefits local governments can obtain from employing better engagement practices with their diverse ratepayers.” Mr. Castrilli said.
“They include increased participation in activities across the community; greater diversity in representation on council and in the workforce; and greater community cohesion.”
“I also encourage local governments to use this important guide to integrate multicultural initiatives and principles into their planning and reporting processes.”