Groups unite on diversity

Mr Maas with the Oakgrove Community Centre team.

Narre Warren South locals enjoyed a vibrant celebration of multiculturalism at Oakgrove Community Centre on Saturday, 30 November.

The event was presented by Oakgrove Community Centre in partnership with Narre Warren South MP Gary Maas to promote the rich cultural diversity of the community and to celebrate the differences that make the community stronger.

The day included live entertainment with performances from local cultural groups and attendees were able to taste the varied foods from food trucks and onsite cooking.

There were also stalls from Chisholm TAFE, Gary Maas MP, arts and crafts, children activities, Casey Multi-Faith Network and more.

Mr Maas was also proud to announce the winners and finalists of his local school bookmark competition.

The bookmark competition required students to draw on the theme of ‘diversity’, with winners and finalists announced from participating local schools. The winners and finalists included Vinuli and Aarohi representing Oakgrove Community Centre and Iliana from Brentwood Park Primary School.

The event was supported by David Haynes, president of Oakgrove Community Centre, and organised by Mary Amalraj, manager of Oakgrove Community Centre, along with her tireless support staff.

“It is always so heartening to see our community joining together on days like this. Our diversity is such a special, integral part of our community and it is fantastic to see it celebrated,” Mr Maas said.

“The Celebrations Around the World event displayed how our community can come together to respect and enjoy each other’s cultures. I am so proud to be able to represent such a diverse area and to be part of a Government that believes in all the benefits that diversity brings to our communities.”

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