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Trams turn Orange for Harmony Day in SA.



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Gary Hardgrave MP   Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs 

  Media Release H30g/2002 - 21 March 2002

 

Trams turn Orange for Harmony Day in SA

Adelaide commuters will be greeted today by the Glenelg tram and a city bridge brilliantly gift wrapped in Harmony Day orange.

The decorated tram and the Victoria Bridge at the beginning of Morphett St, spanning the River Torrens, will be among the highlights of Harmony Day 2002 in South Australia, the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, Gary Hardgrave, said today.

"South Australia's response to Harmony Day has been tremendous and it has really helped to make this year's event the biggest yet," the Minister said.

"We're encouraging South Australian schools, business, community groups and government bodies to join in this important event."

Mr Hardgrave said that the diverse range of South Australian events included citizenship ceremonies in Mitcham and Marion, an official launch in Rundle Mall, open day at a local mosque and seminars on diversity in Hindmarsh and Adelaide.

The City of Salisbury, will use Harmony Day to launch the Kaurna Park Aboriginal Interpretative Trail. The event will include performances by indigenous artists, arts and crafts workshops and a special welcome by children from the Kaurna Plains Aboriginal School.

Harmony Day, which began in 1999, is emerging as Australia's largest national multicultural event. It coincides with the United Nations' Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

"Harmony Day is part of the Commonwealth Government's Living in Harmony initiative. Last September four South Australian organisations received Living in Harmony grants," said Mr Hardgrave.

Harmony Day is managed by the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs with assistance from the Council for Multicultural Australia.

For more information on Harmony Day events in South Australia www.immi.gov.au/harmony

21 March

For further information on Harmony Day activities: Bob Crawshaw 0401 718 863

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