Category Archives: Media & Stories

Bhakti – Bhutanese Community Video on My Australia

Bhakti_MyAustraliaMy Australia: Series 3 – Episode 4

MY AUSTRALIA looks at Australia through the eyes of people from India and the Asia-Pacific region who are studying or living here. In each episode a variety of people have new experiences and find out more about Australia. The series is being produced by the ABC and will be broadcast by Australia Network to 46 countries in the Asia Pacific region.

In this episode of My Australia, Jingjing goes swimming with tuna and sea lions, Ida has a go at lawn bowling and Bhakti joins My Sister’s Kitchen for some communal cooking (17:13).

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MCNT’s Homework Club on ABC News

HomeworkClubNovember 19, 2012 ABC News Australia

The Homework Club for non-English speakers is run by a group of enthusiastic volunteer tutors and coordinated by MCNT. The students supported are from middle and high school levels (12-18yrs) and of diverse refugee and migrant backgrounds. The Homework Club takes place on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons 4-6pm during the school terms at Casuarina Library and at the Multicultural Council in Malak.

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Putting out the Welcome Mat – ABC News

June 15, 2012 ABC News

Welcome_MatDarwin takes pride in its multiculturalism and tomorrow the city will celebrate its diversity with a festival marking World Refugee Day. Each year more than a hundred refugees settle in the Territory under Australia’s humanitarian program. Those working in the sector say the community is growing and its face is changing, as more people from an increasingly diverse range of countries put down roots in Darwin.

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World Refugee Day Festival 2011

WRD2011In celebration of World Refugee Week, Melaleuca Refugee Centre hosted a festival at the Jingili Water Gardens on Saturday 18th June from 2 pm to 6 pm. Theme “Freedom from Fear”. The day highlighted messages that champion human rights locally and globally in a fun, friendly, sharing, relaxed, informal atmosphere. Bringing together the varied and vibrant cultures within our community, highlights included a cultural village, world music, dance workshops, performances, story-telling, traditional costumes, crafts, food tasting from around the globe, and activities for youth and children.

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Melaleuca and Life Saving Swimming Program 2014

swim2swim1Young people arriving in Darwin as refugees may have come from refugee camps or poor conditions in war torn countries. Access to swimming and water safety education may not have been an option or a priority. Due to the popularity and accessibility of water based activities in Darwin, Melaleuca recognises the need to provide intensive, supported and culturally appropriate swimming lessons to newly arrived refugees as essential.

In January this year Melaleuca Refugee Centre, together with Royal Life Saving Society NT ran our fifth Holiday Swimming Program. Despite the dreary, rainy weather, there were 46 keen participants! The program is designed by Royal Life Saving Society NT with a focus on safety, building confidence in the water and lifesaving skills. However, the intensive two week program also provides young people with a fun, social activity that can aid positive connections with youth workers at Melaleuca and alleviate social isolation in the long school holiday period. An increased involvement in sport and recreational activities helps participants to improve both their mental and physical health. For newly arrived young people, it forms connection to community services and the broader community. There has been a lot of interest from parents and younger siblings in accessing swimming lessons. We hope that this is an option in the future and are currently looking into potential funding that might make this possible. We thank Royal Life Saving Society NT for this fantastic partnership, as well as the lovely staff at Casuarina Swimming Pool and of course the attentive swim instructors.