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New South Wales projects to receive Living in Harmony funding.



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Media Centre New South Wales projects to receive Living in Harmony Funding

4 December 2006

Two projects that will promote interfaith understanding among schools students and will bring together Afghan, Middle Eastern, African and Australian born students are among 12 New South Wales recipients of more than $460 000 in funding announced today.

In announcing the funding, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Andrew Robb said the funding has been awarded under the Australian Government’s Living in Harmony programme.

‘The projects also include two schemes in rural NSW. One will run soccer clinics for the Indigenous local population and another will use soccer as a medium for bringing new settlers and residents together,’ said Mr Robb.

‘Living in Harmony funding will help local organisations across the country to develop grassroots programmes to promote Australian values such as fairness, acceptance and fair go and help people realise the opportunities offered by living in Australia.

The Australian Government is providing the funding to community groups, schools and local governments to promote mutual respect and to provide opportunities for people to participate in the Australian way of life.

This year 561 applications were received for the Living in Harmony funded community projects. Priority went to projects promoting inter-faith initiatives, new and emerging communities, schools and those involving Indigenous Australians.

Successful applicants were drawn from all states and territories with each organisation to receive funding of between $5 000 to $50 000 for each project.

Visit the Living in Harmony website for the NSW listing of the 2007 community funded projects. See: www.harmony.gov.au

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