The City of Canning has furthered its commitment to celebrating and supporting community diversity, with Multicultural Futures to become the anchor tenant of the future Hillview Intercultural and Community Centre in Bentley.
Multicultural Futures provides specialised resources and services to migrants and refugees, supporting their settlement and integration needs to enable them to build meaningful lives in Australia.
The decision by Council to lease part of the premises, and partner with Multicultural Futures, was made at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 20 April and welcomed by Mayor Patrick Hall.
“Canning has become Perth’s most culturally-diverse local government authority, with more than half of the population born overseas,” Mayor Hall said.
"Our partnership with Multicultural Futures will help the City to achieve its vision for the centre, which is to enable our diverse community to thrive, by creating a place where people of all backgrounds will be able to come together, share their culture, learn new skills and access opportunities.”
CEO of Multicultural Futures, Stuart Tomlinson, expressed his enthusiasm for joining the City to build a thriving community.
“The City of Canning has shown great leadership in the development of this new centre,” Mr Tomlinson said.
“A couple of years ago Multicultural Futures published research on Good Practice for Multicultural Hubs in Australia
- now, in partnership with the City of Canning, we have an opportunity to realise our aim and build an Intercultural Centre that leads the way in building social cohesion and opportunity for all.”
The facility will also cater for the increased demand for space from community organisations and others to deliver activities, programs, events, as well as host meetings and other informal gathering by providing access to a range of bookable spaces, including: a commercial kitchen, meeting rooms, computer lab and a hall.
The Hillview Intercultural and Community Centre will be the cornerstone of the City’s Hillview Hub Master Plan, and will be complemented by upgrades to the neighbouring Hillview and Fitzpatrick parks, as well as streetscape improvements.
To learn more about the Hillview Hub in Bentley, visit canning.wa.gov.au/hillviewhub
Multicultural Futures CEO Stuart Tomlinson, City of Canning Mayor Patrick Hall and Multicultural Futures Chair Roshan Weddikkara at the site of the Hillview Intercultural and Community Centre.