Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke and Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams today met with Young’s community leaders and members and announced $1000 in funding for the promotion of community diversity.

Ms Cooke and Mr Williams met with members of the peak body representing Young’s multicultural community, the Young & District Multicultural Association (YADMA).

“YADMA is a wonderful local community group that represents and advocates for our diverse communities,” Ms Cooke said.

“YADMA’s monthly community meetings and events are a highlight in our local community’s cultural calendar and never fail to bring us closer together.”

YADMA president Josie Johnson said the Association was delighted to showcase its work and host Ms Cooke and Mr Williams.

“YADMA members represent the rich cultural diversity of the Young region. Our members come from all regions of the world including South East Asia, the Middle East and Europe,” Ms Johnson said.

“Our events and activities promote the range of cultures and traditions our community has to offer, alongside our regional lifestyle.”

Mr Williams said Young was a great example of a regional town promoting social cohesion and community harmony.

“The most common languages spoken at home other than English in the Hilltops Council area today include Arabic, Italian and Mandarin.”

For more information about the Association see: https://www.facebook.com/youngmulticultural/