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Multicultural Advisory Committee

The Banyule Multicultural Advisory Committee (BMAC) provides advice on multicultural issues and concerns of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities and on developing and implementing Council’s Inclusion, Access and Equity Framework and Multicultural Plan. The committee was established on 3 March 2014.

On 19 December 2016, new committee members were appointed for the new term of the Banyule Multicultural Advisory Committee. The committee is appointed for a two year term and meets bimonthly.

Objectives

  • Provide feedback and advice to Council on its policies, plans and services that impact Multicultural communities
  • Consider and provide advice on key Government initiatives, programs and reviews that impact on Multicultural communities
  • Advocate on behalf of Multicultural communities
  • Consider funding and other opportunities as they may arise
  • Assist Council to promote the benefits of diversity and enhance understanding about the barriers to equality facing Multicultural communities
  • Provide advice to Council in relation to its communication, engagement and consultation with Multicultural communities

Committee Members

Get involved

There are no openings at present on the committee. The current members were appointed on 19 December 2016.

All positions are voluntary positions. 

All members are to be familiar with and adhere to the terms of reference.

Representation and make up

The committee consists of a mix of community members and representatives of community organisations, agencies and service providers who focus on supporting multicultural communities.

Banyule Multicultural Advisory Committee for 2017-19:

Council representatives

  • Cr Mark Di Pasquale
    Chair
  • Cr Tom Melican
    Substitute chair

Community members

  • Shail Maheshwari
  • Ryoko Williams
  • Anushka Phal
  • Uzma Rubab
  • Nagat Abdalla
  • Hedi Azadi

Representatives

  • Jason Xin
    President, Melbourne North East Chinese Community Incorporated
  • Faisal Shehata
    President, Heidelberg El Sedeaq Mosque
  • Liz Wyndham
    Headspace Greensborough
  • Veronica Kioria
    Diamond Valley Learning Centre
  • Rosemary Crosthwaite
    Olympic Adult Education
  • Romy Vitalen
    Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre
  • Albert Fatileh
    Victoria Police

Combined members (community and representative membership)

  • Abdiaziz Farah
    Somali Australia Council of Victoria & Himlo Community Connect Project

Contact

Send an email to India Mortlock or call 9490 4377.