Federal Member for Parramatta Julie Owens MP delivered a speech about Parramatta's Kick Racism Into Touch program at Parliament House last week:
The original media release appears below:
Minister for Multicultural Affairs Kate Lundy today joined the Federal Member for Parramatta Julie Owens MP and players from the Parramatta Rugby Club to encourage community organisations to apply for funding grants of up to $50,000 under the Gillard Government’s Diversity and Social Cohesion Program (DSCP).
From tomorrow, not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding under the program to develop projects that enhance community capacity-building skills and promote participation.
“The Gillard Government believes that strong communities are achieved by bringing all Australians together, encouraging participation and strengthening community connections,” Senator Lundy said.
“A wide variety of projects can be funded under the grant program, including social activities, theatre or leadership programs, as long as they provide an opportunity for participation and interaction by different members of the community.”
Ms Owens said the Parramatta Rugby Club was allocated DSCP funding in 2012-13 to support their Kick Racism into Touch project and host cultural events at their rugby matches in Western Sydney to promote cultural understanding and unity.
“This is a wonderful local project by a great club that does some great work within our community. I am really glad to be able to get behind them – what the club is trying to do with this project is something we should all care about,” Ms Owens said.
Read the full media release here.