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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 first 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.


  • 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

The committee was appointed on 19 December 2016 and we're looking to fill 2 vacancies.

Follow the listed steps to be considered.

  1. Read the full terms of reference; and
  2. Lodge your expressions of interest by 26 February 2018.

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
  • Cr Tom Melican
    Substitute chair

Community members

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


  • 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
  • Suzanne Crellin
    Olympic Adult Education
  • Andrea Macleod
    Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre
  • Albert Fatileh
    Victoria Police
  • Abdiaziz Farah
    Somali Australia Council of Victoria & Himlo Community Connect Project 

Committee meeting minutes


Send an email to Gemma Boucher or call 9490 4377.