Stepping Up To Help Tasmania’s Migrant Community

Roger Jaensch, Minister for Community Services

Tasmania is richer because of our diverse community.

That diversity was on show today during The Walk: Step Up Together, which kicked off in Burnie.

Minister for Community Services, Roger Jaensch, joined Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) Tasmanian Chair and former Liberal Premier Peter Gutwein, for the start of the 350km Walk.

“I was privileged to join Peter Gutwein as he walks to raise awareness of the challenges that face migrant and refugee communities, while showcasing the strength of diversity,” Minister Jaensch said.

“Tasmania is home to thousands of people from countries right across the world who enrich our communities.

“An important part of our 2030 Strong Plan for Tasmania’s Future is support for our multicultural communities by working together to build a stronger society, eliminating racism and celebrating diversity.

“The Tasmanian Government has always supported multicultural communities and is investing $500,000 over two years to address racism and foster social cohesion across Tasmania.

“MRC Tasmania has been given $70,000 to immediately meet the statewide demand for additional counselling and psychosocial support services for communities affected by racial discrimination, abuse and harassment.

“The remaining $400,000 will be allocated through a competitive grants program to address racism and foster social cohesion through local, place-based partnerships, and will be launched later this year.

“In addition to that, the Tasmanian Government has donated $10,000 to the walk’s fundraising efforts to help MRC Tasmania in their work to support for a more harmonious community.

“I wish Peter safe travels on his walk and congratulate the migrant and refugee community for showcasing their community and sharing their stories.”

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