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New association to assist migrants and build ties with Queensland community.

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Gary Hardgrave MP

Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs

Media Release H103/2003 - 3 August 2003

New Association to Assist Migrants and Build Ties with Queensland Community

The Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, Gary Hardgrave, today met with Southern African Muslims from around Queensland, to discuss the benefits of establishing a new association.

The core goals of the new Southern African Muslim Association of Queensland are to:

z Interact with one another

z Be known as active, productive citizens of Australia

z Benefit from the experience of speakers from different walks of life

z Build a network within the broader community of Queensland

z Assist new migrants to get into the network

z Have a forum whereby friends and prominent guests from overseas and other parts

of Australia can interact.

The southern African Muslim community in Queensland is a new and emerging community that is largely located in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Mr Abdul Omar, a prominent businessman, said the group was currently seeking interest from the southern African community in south-east Queensland to establish the viability of a forum for networking, discussion and understanding.

'We are aiming to establish a forum to build strong relationships with each other and to facilitate integration within the broader Australian community,' Mr Omar said.

Mr Hardgrave encouraged the group to provide support for its members and to forge strong links into the broader Australia community as well.

Media contact: Amanda Lynch 0419 123 862