The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-05-14T23:39:10Z Sisters of Charity Foundation to visit Campsie community kitchen 2019-05-14T23:39:10Z sisters-of-charity-foundation-to-visit-campsie-community-kitchen Prosper (Project Australia) is a multi-award-winning small community organisation that aims to support disadvantaged children and their families. Its community kitchen program gives those experiencing poverty and homelessness access to a free kitchen facility, cooking equipment, storage containers and fresh ingredients to prepare healthy meals for their families. It’s not just healthy food the program is providing, however – the community kitchen helps participants build a sense of community togetherness and belonging. “We’ve seen 97 community members coming along to at least one kitchen day,” says Prosper’s Karen Craigie. “When you take into account other members of their household the program has already benefited 720 people since its opening in February.” Foundation donors will get the chance to hear directly from community kitchen participants, and also sample some of their favourite recipes at lunch. “We’re thrilled to be able to show our donors, in person, what their generosity is helping build,” says Sisters of Charity Foundation CEO Reba Meagher. “Prosper is a fantastic organisation doing vital work within the community and we’re proud to be a supporter.” “We’re looking forward to hosting the Sisters of Charity Foundation and showcasing the value of the community kitchen,” says Karen. “It has been a marvellous platform for community-building and increasing the dignity of those who are isolated or disadvantaged.”   About the Sisters of Charity Foundation Every year the Sisters of Charity Foundation is able to make a difference to thousands of people across the country with funds generously donated by compassionate Australians. We support initiatives that receive little or no funding from other sources, that benefit the disadvantaged, marginalised and socially isolated people in our community, no matter their gender, ethnicity, age or ability. New Media App Launches To Kill Off The Press Release 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z new-media-app-launches-to-kill-off-the-press-release A new technology platform has launches tomorrow made just for you. This tech platform called Story Match® will change the way that you receive your story pitches. No more emails, no more press releases and no more hassling PRs (I promise not to be one of those…) First, watch this! In 1.5 minutes it will explain it all to you… Story Match® is a two sided market place App and Desktop platform that allows brands to pitch story ideas to journalists, at the same time allowing journalists to select only what topics of stories they want to receive. Journalists, like you, set up their profile using 6 simple steps. You can select from up to 50 industry tags (food, finance, lifestyle, tech, etc etc) and can localise by State and Territories. If there’s a match on industry tags then you see the pitch. Using swiping technology you can scroll through stories, swipe left if you don’t like the story or right if you do. If you swipe right, it will open an immediate and private chat between you and the person who posted the pitch. The best bit…. The pitches have limitations – so brands can only upload selected images, a headline and up to 500 characters to bring their pitch to life. They then select which industry tag their story is relevant to, and localise it. So now you don’t need to read any more press releases or receive any more pitches that you’re not interested in. Story Match® was developed to improve efficiencies in the media industry, and allow all brands, no matter how big or small the opportunity to get their brand noticed. The tech platform has been developed by Founder and Director of Polkadot Communications Dionne Taylor – who has worked both as a journalist and a PR for the last 15 years. Dionne is available for an interview to chat about this new and exciting platform, built just for YOU! If interested in speaking with Dionne, please get in touch. Tent of Promise Blessing the Darling River in Wilcannia NSW 2019-03-27T09:11:03Z tent-of-promise-blessing-the-darling-river-in-wilcannia-nsw Tent of Promise Darling River Blessing Wilcannia NSW, March 2019 Contributed by Adele Kenyon Gathered in the dry riverbed of the once mighty Darling River this past week were a handful of sojourners from Queensland who had driven 1,500 kilometres to the tired town of Wilcannia in far western New South Wales. YouTube Video: TENT OF PROMISE - Entering Wilcannia 2019 For this small group the township of Wilcannia was the focal destination of their long drive: with their hearts set on praying and prophesying for the revival of the once mighty river and its communities from this spiritual starting point - gleaned after a sustained period of prayerfulness over several months in their home base up north. Led by Bishop Barry Cunnington, Founder of The Tent of Promise Incorporated, based in southern Queensland, the small team of Christian supporters strongly believe their prophetic/prayer mission begun this month in Wilcannia will usher in not only a revived and flowing river, but a spiritual reawakening within the Wilcannia community and beyond. Bishop Cunnington trusts this is a pivotal season for Christian renewal around Australia and believes the seed of blessing sown this week and symbolically poured directly into the dry Darling River riverbed in Wilcannia will herald a new era of reawakening to spiritual truth tied with genuine reconciliation. He explains the spiritual foundation for the belief as being in the Holy Bible (defined as God’s Word to a holy people). One verse consolidating the stance is in 2 Chronicles 7:14, found in the Old Testament of the Bible. The verse is cited below. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV To bless the river the team prayed together in the riverbed near the Wilcannia Bridge on Thursday, led by Bishop Cunnington, who invited a Christian representative of Australia's indigenous/Aboriginal community to prophesy in partnership with he and Wilcannia’s local minister, Pastor Seta, of the Australian Aboriginal Outreach Ministries (AAOM). The indigenous intercessor present was Hazel Morgan, formerly of Pinnacle Pocket in the Northern Territory and now residing in Brisbane. Mrs Morgan’s representation of Australia’s indigenous peoples was itself significant, said Bishop Cunnington – as the pair had both been present at a 1999 gathering at Yulara near Uluru as part of a Christian reconciliation event organised by the Australian Christian Pastor’s Prayer Network. This year represents the 20th anniversary of that Yulara event. To complete the blessing of the Darling River the three appointed representatives together poured olive oil and red wine into the riverbed, followed by the pouring of clean water. Bishop Cunnington said the oil signified “the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our nation” while the red wine signified “the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ to cleanse the earth” with the oil and wine “coming together to heal our land and our nation”. “The pouring out of the water signifies the welling up of water to flood and fill the River Valley again, in the mighty name of Jesus,” Bishop Cunnington said, adding that this is being fulfilled “as God’s people pray for this town.” “We have the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven to bring this (water/healing) today to earth… So today, prophetically, we release that full river of Heaven to flow here in this land,” he said. YouTube Video: TENT OF PROMISE - Blessing The River Darling, Wilcannia March 2019 As the TOP team continues to trust that these faithful steps into the riverbed at Wilcannia will spark a nationwide revival which will well up and out of Australia's rural and indigenous heartland, out of "country" -- the members of the team also have faith in the renewal of the Darling River from the red centre through God’s grace. The team believes the reawakening that will potentially radiate from the Australian heartland/red centre to bush and coastal areas around Australia will usher in a spiritual revival around the nation. This could be a spiritual link to a prophetic word made more than four centuries ago over the south sea lands by Portuguese explorer, Pedro Fernandez De Quiros, who in 1606 hoisted a banner in the New Hebrides and proclaimed this region and lands beyond it as the "Terra Australis del Espiritu Santu", the last two Spanish words meaning “Holy Spirit”. De Quiros reportedly thought he was in the island -continent of Australia. (Reference:https://christianfaith.com/lookout/sacred-australia or TACL Vol 27 #1 2006). In more recent times, a popular Australian Christian song, “The Great South Land of the Holy Spirit”, written by Geoff Bullock, features lyrics echoing the Portuguese explorers’ proclamation. The song’s chorus captures the essence: “This is the Great Southland of the Holy Spirit A land of red dust plains and summer rains To this sunburnt land we will see a flood And to this Great Southland His Spirit comes”. The TOP mobile ministry is affiliated with The Promise Faith Centre Churches International (PFCCI), with a base in Coolangatta, Queensland. Bishop Cunnington oversees the PFCCI and on its website (https://www.promisefaithcentre.org/about_us) explains how he has personally experienced transformation in his life and knowing the Grace of God “is compelled to bring the revelation of God's Word in the Power of God's Holy Spirit to those who have the need and Grace to receive”. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Tent of Promise Relaunch with Panorama in Wilcannia 2019-03-27T09:09:21Z tent-of-promise-relaunch-with-panorama-in-wilcannia TENT OF PROMISE Relaunch with Panorama in Wilcannia Wilcannia NSW, March 2019 Contributed by Adele Kenyon As Wilcannian locals entered their community hall last week expecting a devotional time and a church service as part of a mission-outreach by a visiting Queensland group to their dry and sweltering township, most of the local residents were stunned to find a gigantic 36 metre illustrated display of highlighted accounts from the Holy Bible plastered around three walls of their large hall. On discovering this magnificent wall display several childrens' jaws dropped and many pairs of eyes - including those of adults - were fixated on the impressive illustrations depicting key events from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible, which when considered chronologically depict God's carefully crafted plan of salvation for every person who accepts the heavenly Father’s gift of eternal life given through his precious Son, Jesus Christ. Reflected in the closing sections of the illustrated Bible display are the joy and peace infilling Christians who have accepted God’s gracious gift of life. The impressive Bible Panorama is a key feature of the Tent of Promise (TOP) touring ministry which was relaunched in Wilcannia in Outback New South Wales this month after almost a decade in recess. TOP leaders are confident the new outreach will generate much interest and as the touring ministry gains momentum will ultimately lead many people around Australia to discover and commit or re-commit to the Christian faith. Bishop Cunnington explained that the team’s confidence in these positive outcomes is due to the team’s collective faith in the Word of God combined with its outward expression(s) of this faith. TOP Founders, Barry and Sandra Cunnington, have remobilised this ministry with team members from their Coolangatta Promise Faith Centre Church in response to the leading of the Holy Spirit. They believe Australia is poised for a faith revival which will sweep the nation. TOP Founder, Senior Pastor and Bishop, Barry Cunnington, believes the power of God’s Word spoken by his righteous people will prevail. The four participating TOP pastors are not new to this form of mobilised outback ministry. For many years they took this style of ministry outreach to various Australian townships, including eleven years on the road with an earlier Bible panorama which they hauled around Australia with help from a devoted mobile pastoral team. Now the panorama has been digitally revamped and the mobilisation process refined so it is all more portable - this helpful to the more senior pastors and other team-members, several of whom while agile and young-at-heart are aged in their seventies. The senior pastors are assisted in this mobile ministry by their younger counterparts, Reverend(s) Timothy and Leah Knowling of Alectown, NSW. Pastor Leah, in addition to her wide range of responsibilities, ably coordinates the music ministry for the TOP team, including contributing her impressively strong and powerful vocals which were well appreciated during this Wilcannia trip. During the TOP team’s visit Bishop Cunnington liaised with Wilcannia’s local minister, Pastor Seta, of the Australian Aboriginal Outreach Ministries (AAOM), so TOP could use some of the local facilities during its visit to the town. Pastor Seta’s worship team also contributed readily to the music ministry during the six-day TOP visit, while Pastor Seta was also a key participant in the blessing of the Darling River Related Article: TENT OF PROMISE - Darling River Blessing YouTube Video: TENT OF PROMISE - Blessing The River Darling, Wilcannia March 2019 The Wilcannia launch of the new TOP mission, now renamed "The Tent of Promise:- Now Mobile", did not disappoint. As local visitors were welcomed, not only were they fascinated by the illustrated Bible highlighted on the hall walls, they were challenged by the delivered oratory during the times of devotion and moved by the music - so much so that in the final stages of the time-of-ministry on the first evening, dozens of children and youth independently went up for prayer with the visiting team. These same children and visiting families subsequently revisited various ministry activities springing up over the next few days and brought along friends and new folk -- who were also treated to a vibrant puppet show/singalong. Outreach activities culminated in an outdoor community prayer time for the River Darling held on the final Sunday evening in The Mallee neighbourhood park. This was attended by many local residents, with music provided by the local Wilcannia pastors and other worship team members as well as by Pastor Leah, followed by a celebratory barbecue to finish -- all well received and attended. Local pastors enthusiastically participated in the music ministry during the TOP visit so a range of musical-worship styles were catered to over the period. The TOP mobile ministry is affiliated with The Promise Faith Centre Churches International (PFCCI), with a base in Coolangatta, Queensland. Bishop Cunnington oversees the PFCCI and on its website (https://www.promisefaithcentre.org/about_us) explains how he has personally experienced transformation in his life and knowing the Grace of God “is compelled to bring the revelation of God's Word in the Power of God's Holy Spirit to those who have the need and Grace to receive”. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Harmony is more important than ever this week 2019-03-22T01:28:55Z harmony-is-more-important-than-ever-this-week Harmony Week in Australia coincided with important dates this week, including the International Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, World Social Work Day and the aftermath of the devastating terrorist attack in Christchurch. AASW National President Christine Craik said, “These events remind us that ‘harmony’ within our communities and across society rests on recognising the dignity of every person, while welcoming diversity. “That is how we promote the human rights of everyone. “This year’s Harmony Week shows us how important it is that we all promote inclusion and end discrimination based on differences in heritage, culture or belief.” This year’s AASW World Social Work Day events took time to reflect on the tragedy in Christchurch and how important social work values are in countering racism. Ms Craik said, “Social workers are passionate advocates for justice and helping families, communities and societies to build relationships based on solidarity and mutual respect. “This is how we will eliminate racial discrimination in our country. We need to reflect on the culture that can make politicians believe that there are votes to be gained by blaming refugees, immigrants or Indigenous people for issues that are not related to them, such as pressure on health care, crowded cities or welfare spending. It’s the same culture that led to the terrible act of violence last Friday.” “Social workers are dedicated to creating a society which is just and inclusive in which it is possible for everyone to flourish and thrive. Eliminating racial discrimination is fundamental to our vision. “Now is the time when we look to our leaders to set an example and we call on politicians, business and community groups to commit to join us in eliminating all forms of discrimination.” Christine Craik is available for interview. Media Release: International Women’s Day 2019 Blacktown Celebrates 8th March 2019-02-28T06:14:41Z media-release-international-women-s-day-2019-blacktown-celebrates-8th-march International Women’s Day 2019 Blacktown Celebrates 8th March #Balance for Better SydWest Multicultural Services is pleased to announce that they are hosting a special celebration for International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March 2018 from 10am at Max Webber Function Centre, Blacktown Library, Blacktown.   The event will feature inspirational women including: ·         Esta Paschalidis-Chilas, Government & Member Relations Manager with Settlement Services International (SSI) will give the keynote address on More Powerful Together ·         Anyier Youl, founder of Miss Sahara, the only National Beauty Pageant for Women of African heritage in Australia, a young woman of South Sudanese background will address Empowering young women from multicultural backgrounds ·         Clr Kathy Collins of Blacktown City Council, representing the Mayor of Blacktown, will speak briefly on the theme of #balanceforbetter ·         Glenwood Women’s Group to perform the Giddha, an entertaining traditional dance that they have been perfecting since forming their dance troupe in late 2018.   SydWest Multicultural Services is also pleased to announce that Claudia Taranto, Producer with ABC Radio National, has kindly agreed to perform the MC duties for our event. Claudia has worked at Radio National since 1988 on a variety of programs including Life Matters, Street Stories and The Listening Room. She also taught radio production at James Cook University. Claudia enjoys the intimacy of radio and has a passion for making radio features about the kaleidoscope of ordinary life.   The event’s program will feature presentations and performances, blended with group discussion activities and food. A Butterfly Wall will be produced by the guests at the event and reflecting what the women like most about themselves, part of the activities to continue to empower and inspire.   CEO of SydWest Multicultural Services, Elfa Moraitakis said: We are exciting to be hosting this year’s event for Blacktown, where exciting new women entrepreneurs will be showcasing their offerings through food and gifts during the day, part of the SydWest showcasing of our Women Taking Care of Business program. We are looking forward to continuing to inspire and empower the multicultural women of the Blacktown area, to celebrating the achievements of women and the rich diversity and strengths of women in the Blacktown area. Mike Emery reflects on China's history this Lunar New Year 2019-02-08T02:54:47Z mike-emery-reflect-on-china-s-history-this-lunar-new-year This month marks the Lunar New Year, where more than a billion people around the world are celebrating the New Year and beginning of the Year of the Pig. In Australia, we have already seen the dumpling world record broken as the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival draws in crowds from around the world. With such a unique moment, it is worth reflecting on the rich history that China has, and take a rarely before seen journey into what life was like in China almost 40 years ago.  In the Spring of 1980, Photographer Mike Emery was on board one of the first ever American passenger cruise ships sailing the China coast. No one on board had been to China, in fact, it was a seldom visited country for Westerners. Mike found himself arriving at a time of rapid change and excitement, with economic, political and cultural reforms sweeping the country.  With his bright clothes, fair hair and Nikon camera, Mike stood out in the streets of the cities he visited in China. Local people were intrigued, as Mike played the clown to gauge reactions. He’d pull faces, poke out his tongue, and even lay in the middle of the street to get noticed. Sometimes he’d get crowds up to 50 people, wanting to speak English or just satisfy their curiosity about this strange westerner.  As a result, Mike was able to capture the essence of the time, both in people’s faces and the unique urban landscapes they inhabited.   39 years later, and Mike has collected his finest images and memories into a uniquely beautiful hardcover coffee table book. China’s Children is not solely a collection of works featuring children, rather it captures a time over which a generation grew up. It captures everyday people in their lives with a freshness and reality rarely seen.   Colour photography from this time is extremely rare and images of this quality are hardly ever seen. Capturing a simpler time, the book features everyday life in Beijing and Shanghai. Perhaps you grew up in China in this time? This beautiful book offers a unique opportunity for people that may not have photos of their own from this time. Sharing these precious memories with family and friends is a great joy that appeals to every generation.   In celebration of the Lunar New Year, Mike Emery is giving away 3 copies of his book, 'China’s Children’. To receive a copy of the book, please email competitions@thebigsmoke.com.au, and let us know what is your favorite way to spend Chinese New Year! Visit his website today: https://www.chinaschildren1980.com *Terms and Conditions apply. Getting Connected: Drama workshops help adult ESL students learn English and improve their confidence 2018-11-12T00:09:53Z getting-connected-drama-workshops-help-adult-esl-students-learn-english-and-improve-their-confidence MTC Australia delivers Skills for Education and Employment (SEE), a government-funded program that helps job seekers improve their English language, computer and job searching skills. Since 2016, Sydney Theatre Company (STC) Teaching Artists have collaborated with our SEE English Trainers to deliver the Connected: Adult Language Learning through Drama (CALLD) program. “Connected is a program that uses drama approaches to improve literacy, particularly with people who are learning English as an additional language. A lot of our participants are migrants, refugees and asylum seekers,” says STC Teaching Artist Zoe Hogan. “Drama is a really engaging way of working with students regardless of their English language levels and that’s because we’re using our body language, facial expressions and other ways of making meaning.” Connected has seen some great results, with students improving their literacy and gaining confidence and new skills. Western Sydney University Lecturer Dr Rachael Jacobs is studying the impact of the program. “Out of Connected we see so many different positive results,” says Dr Jacobs. “The students start using more complex adjectives, they start using longer sentences. The other benefit is that students start to see their own creative potential. They start to imagine their future possibilities.” Recently MTC SEE English Trainer Kathryn Salman and her class took part in the program and were part of a 2-day video shoot detailing the experience. View the video here: https://youtu.be/lNhiYIP8-OM “My students are a warm, generous and lively group,” says Kathryn. “They refer to MTC and this class as their second family. They try to help, support and encourage each other through their experiences in Australia, and greatly appreciate the opportunity to learn and understand more.”  “I greatly enjoyed the Connected program. I involved the students and myself in this venture 100%, by expanding on what we learned in the workshop during our regular classes, and because of that the program was very successful. Now the students are asking to do more drama as we learned so much! “Would I do it again: 1000 times yes! I cannot recommend it highly enough, it gave me so much joy, insights and a challenge to try something new.” Connected is made possible by a group of donors to Sydney Theatre Company’s education program.   MORE INFORMATION sydneytheatre.com.au/education/our-community/adult-drama-and-literacy www.sydneytheatre.com.au/magazine/posts/2018/november/news-connecting-refugees-through-creativity mtcaustralia.com.au/education-training/see/ The Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. Filming/photo opportunity: WW1 Remembrance Event 2018-11-07T22:00:00Z filming-photo-opportunity-ww1-remembrance-event Event: Rookwood Cemetery honours Australian war heroes at WW1 Remembrance Memorial for 1700 unofficially recognised service men and women buried at Rookwood Cemetery Date & Time: Friday, 9 November 2018 from 10am to 2pm at Rookwood Cemetery’s All Souls Chapel Interview: George Simpson, CEO, Rookwood Cemetery Overview The World War I centenary marks the completion of a four year long project for Rookwood General Cemetery, identifying and documenting the unofficial graves of servicemen and women who served in WW1 and buried in the grounds of Rookwood. The project was managed by a team of Rookwood General Cemetery staff and volunteers, who located the graves, undertook research about the individuals and their families, and cleaned or repaired the grave stones. Throughout the project, Rookwood appealed for public assistance to help identify family members of those who served during World War I and were buried at Rookwood. The project uncovered 1700 graves of Australian service men and women, with family members sharing their stories and photos. The memorial event on Friday will honour these Australians, share some of their remarkable stories and acknowledge their bravery and sacrifice. Following is an example of one of many veteran stories that will be shared at Friday’s event: Edwin Arthur Hollinworth: Grew up in Texas, Queensland Was known as the horse breaker (he owned a beautiful horse named, Starlight). Served in Cairo with Starlight, and was a classic example of the close bond between a man and his horse He died on May 25, 1936 in Coogee after demonstrating to a visitor how a bomb, that had already been detonated, would have worked (the bomb was a souvenir he brought back from the war). However, the salt in the air, combined with remnants of gun powder still in the bomb, caused an explosion which led to Edwin’s death. The WW1 Remembrance Event will include: An official ceremony (held from 10:30am to 11:30am) Video tribute Morning tea Gun-fire salute Anzac Tours Open-air museum View the full program at www.rookwoodcemetery.com.au or call 8575 8100 for further information. Population Review needs to be balanced and sensitive to community cohesion says Settlement Services International 2018-11-02T03:05:31Z population-review-needs-to-be-balanced-and-sensitive-to-community-cohesion-says-settlement-services-international-1 Settlement Services International (SSI) welcomes NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s appointment of an expert panel to develop a population policy for NSW, especially if it brings balance, fact and data on Australia’s migration program and ensures Australia’s successful multicultural social fabric and community cohesion are not undermined. The panel will consider "the current rate of population growth and infrastructure pipeline" and "how long is needed for infrastructure to catch up with population growth rates". In her announcement (link: https://www.nsw.gov.au/your-government/the-premier/media-releases-from-the-premier/nsw-launches-first-population-review/), the Premier renewed her call for net overseas migration levels to return to more sustainable Howard-era rates until a proper population policy is put in place. She said, “It is becoming increasingly clear that the current high rates of population growth are putting even more pressure on our infrastructure.” A "Howard era" benchmark — when NSW's net migration averaged at 45,000 people per year under the Howard government — would require halving the current levels, which have averaged above 100,000 for the past two years. SSI CEO Violet Roumeliotis said, “Discussions about levels of immigration are essential in an inclusive and democratic country like Australia, however we do not want to compromise our successful multicultural cohesion by focusing only on impacts to planning and infrastructure.” Ms Roumeliotis said while Ms Berejiklian believed, "NSW’s economic success is attracting a far greater share of total immigrant numbers than it has in the past" she also needed to acknowledge that much of that economic success could be attributed to the migrant population. She said, “Migration has clear economic and social benefits for Australia. Australia’s migration levels prevented our economy going into a technical recession after the World Financial Crisis. “The Productivity Commission Inquiry Report Migrant Intake into Australia (2016) found that with net migration at the historic average rate, GDP per person is projected to increase by some 7% relative to zero net overseas migration by 2060.” Ms Roumeliotis said there were planning pressures in any big city but “we must remember that migrants come to Australia with high levels of social and economic capital and a strong willingness to contribute and, further, have shaped modern Australia since World War II.” She said SSI supported the Productivity Commission’s recommendation that, in determining migrant intake, the Australian government should give greater consideration to the implications for planning and investment and that State and Territory governments should develop detailed infrastructure plans that are consistent with population growth. She said SSI also agreed with the Productivity Commission’s recommendations that the Australian government: develop and articulate a population policy, and calibrate the size of the annual migrant intake according to that population policy; and in determining the migration intake, give greater consideration to planning and investment in infrastructure. However, Ms Roumeliotis said, “Planning of population levels and infrastructure should involve all levels of government and other stakeholders, including industry and employer bodies, education and training providers, other service providers, academia, planners and representatives of relevant migrant and other community groups.” Settlement Services International have co-hosted the International Metropolis Conference held this week in Sydney. www.metropolis2018.org.au www.ssi.org.au NOTES TO EDITORS For more information and interviews with Violet Roumeliotis, please contact: Stephen Webb l swebb@ssi.org.au l 0488 684 163 Shergold to take an evidence-based approach to NSW population policy 2018-11-01T01:27:30Z shergold-to-take-an-evidence-based-approach-to-nsw-population-policy Western Sydney University Chancellor Professor Peter Shergold who was announced on NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian’s three-member panel to develop a NSW population policy, addressed a global delegation at the International Metropolis Conference in Sydney yesterday. When asked about his involvement in the panel he told the 700 strong audience: ''We need to take an evidence-based approach to ascertain how much of the problem is one of urban infrastructure and how much of it relates to temporary and permanent migration. ''I look forward to gathering a range of opinions and data to assist in making recommendations to the Premier,” said Professor Shergold. Premier Berejiklian announced on Wednesday that she wanted the state to return to ‘Howard-era immigration levels’, which would mean halving the state’s migrant intake, due to concerns about population expansion. “It is becoming increasingly clear that the current high rates of population growth are putting even more pressure on our infrastructure," she said in a statement. The International Metropolis Conference, Sydney is the largest migration and multicultural event in the world. It continues until Friday 2 November. www.metropolis2018.org.au Violet Roumeliotis, CEO of Settlement Services International and Chancellor Professor Peter Shergold Notes to Editors For more information or to interview those featured in this press release, please contact: Marlise Beasley I Senior Account Manager, ZADRO via marlise@zadroagency.com.au 0423 624 013 Felicity Zadro I Managing Director, ZADRO via felicity@zadroagency.com.au 0404 009 384 Limited Media Passes are available for relevant and interested parties and subject to approval. If you would like a media pass, please contact Marlise Beasley on marlise@zadroagency.com.au About the Event The International Metropolis Conference will be held at the ICC Sydney 29 October – 2 November 2018. Metropolis 2018 is the only platform to bring together international, national and local migration influencers alongside academic, government, practitioner and community perspectives to highlight the latest research, challenges, insights and successes in migration, diversity and integration. Metropolis 2018 is important as the thought leaders and brightest minds of the migration sector will come together to drive enterprise, innovation and social change. We will see and hear the stories of lived experience center-stage at our event, and we will encourage debate on the hard questions, whilst seeking important new solutions. Metropolis is committed to sharing the intricacies of 21st Century migration, to shape 21st Century solutions. The Conference Chairs are: Violet Roumeliotis, CEO, Settlement Services International and Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2018 Dr Bulent (Hass) Dellal AO, CEO, Australian Multicultural Foundation Hakan Harman, CEO, Multicultural NSW The conference theme is Global Migration in Turbulent Times. It will focus on the following eight sub-themes: Enterprise, Innovation and Employment – catalysts for social change? Migration and Mobility – the dynamic shifts in the Asia-Pacific region Displacement and asylum – new dimensions driving an old phenomenon Visible and powerful – migrant voices in a connected world Conflicting agendas? National, local, regional and global responses to the governance of migration Religious diversity – a bridge or a barrier to belonging? Migration and inequality – complex challenges under the microscope Australia a multicultural paradise – myths and realities For all conference and program information www.metropolis2018.org.au SydWest’s AGM 2018 heads to Rouse Hill 2018-11-01T00:41:28Z sydwest-s-agm-2018-heads-to-rouse-hill Community members, service providers, government agencies and elected representatives are invited to the 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM), a special event being held in Rouse Hill for the first time since SydWest Multicultural Services was established in 1985. The SydWest Multicultural Services Annual General Meeting is being held on Friday 9th November from 2.30pm in the Patrick White Room of the Vinegar Hill Memorial Library & Community Centre. Guest speakers for the AGM include Clr Dr Michelle Byrne, Mayor of The Hills Shire Council and SydWest clients, Ed Yousef and Iakram Abdalla. ·         Clr Dr Michelle Byrne has more than 10 years’ experience in local government and first elected as Mayor since 2012. She has research interests in health and enjoys promoting a healthy lifestyle to the residents of the Hills Shire ·         Ed Yousef is a hard-working young man from Syria who arrived here in 2013, seeking a safe place to live away from war and destruction and looking to start a new life with better opportunities. He is currently studying at UNSW majoring in Pathology. He is also a tutor, having first volunteered with SydWest’s study centre program for young people from refugee and other migrant backgrounds. ·         Iakram Abdalla is a young Sudanese woman who has been in Australia for 14 years and is currently participating in the SydWest Small & Emerging Leadership Communities project. The AGM event is an excellent opportunity to hear about SydWest Multicultural Services recent achievements and its vision for the future. Meet with our team, network with key stakeholders across the region and get your copy of our 2018 Annual Report. This year, we’re also hosting a pre-AGM tour of our new premises on the Ground Floor of the Community Centre, where you can hear more about our new services and support for the region. SydWest Multicultural Services CEO, Elfa Moraitakis is encouraging people of all backgrounds to join in the AGM celebrations. We are pleased to be expanding our profile in The Hills area and to sharing our diverse work in region. Our AGM is a wonderful opportunity to welcome and celebrate with new and old friends alike. SydWest Multicultural Services is the largest and most diverse community services organisation in the Western Sydney region. Established more than 33 years ago, SydWest provides a range of services to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) individuals and communities services to assist with settling and living productive and independent lives in the community. Migrants blamed for infrastructure woes 2018-11-01T00:36:28Z migrants-blamed-for-infrastructure-woes Acclaimed social researcher Professor Stephen Castles says migrants are being used as scapegoats by politicians as they exploit the increased feeling of vulnerability of their constituents and frustration with infrastructure at International Metropolis Conference, held in Sydney this week. “While 28% of our population comes from overseas, it’s always been that the latest group is to blame for the problems we face on the day. “In the 50’s it was the Italians and Greeks, in the 60’s it was the Vietnamese who were blamed for crime, the drug trade and so on. Professor Castles’ message is timely as yesterday the NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, announced that she wanted the state to return to ‘Howard-era immigration levels’, which would mean halving the state’s migrant intake, due to concerns about population expansion. Yesterday she appointed a three-member panel to develop a NSW population policy to take to the federal government next year. "It is becoming increasingly clear that the current high rates of population growth are putting even more pressure on our infrastructure," she said in a statement. As reported in The Guardian (31 October 2018)[1], permanent arrivals in Australia are the same as the time under Howard, however net overseas migrants have been driven by students, tourists and skilled migrants. On the plight of refugees and asylum seekers Professor Castles says that while these groups get a lot of attention, in numbers they only constitute a very small part of our intake, the largest part is from skilled migration, people with permission to come here, work and stay permanently. “We have to change the perceptions that economic migration is good and persecuted migration is bad, it is terribly short-sighted. Across the world, there are 30,000 people a day who must leave their homes to seek asylum, and Australia only takes roughly 15,000 people a year. “Refugees have made a huge contribution to economy and society, and it isn’t fair not to recognise that. “Australia used to be a leader in human rights, and now we have become a leader in violating human rights. The International Metropolis Conference, Sydney is the largest migration and multicultural event in the world. It continues until Friday 2 November. www.metropolis2018.org.au -ends- Notes to Editors For more information or to interview those featured in this press release, please contact: Marlise Beasley, Account Director, ZADRO via marlise@zadroagency.com.au 0423 624 013 Felicity Zadro, Managing Director, ZADRO via felicity@zadroagency.com.au 0404 009 384 Limited Media Passes are available for relevant and interested parties and are subject to approval. If you would like to apply for a media pass, please contact Marlise Beasley on marlise@zadroagency.com.au #Metropolis2018 About the Event The International Metropolis Conference will be held at ICC Sydney | 29 October – 2 November 2018. Metropolis 2018 is the only platform to bring together international, national and local migration influencers alongside academic, government, practitioner and community perspectives to highlight the latest research, challenges, insights and successes in migration, diversity and integration. Metropolis 2018 is important as the thought leaders and brightest minds of the migration sector will come together to drive enterprise, innovation and social change. We will see and hear the stories of lived experience centre-stage at our event, and we will encourage debate on the hard questions, whilst seeking important new solutions. Metropolis is committed to sharing the intricacies of 21st century migration, to shape 21st century solutions. The Conference Chairs are: Violet Roumeliotis, CEO, Settlement Services International and Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2018 Dr Bulent (Hass) Dellal AO, CEO, Australian Multicultural Foundation Hakan Harman, CEO, Multicultural NSW The conference theme is Global Migration in Turbulent Times. It will focus on the following eight sub-themes: Enterprise, Innovation and Employment – catalysts for social change? Migration and Mobility – the dynamic shifts in the Asia-Pacific region Displacement and asylum – new dimensions driving an old phenomenon Visible and powerful – migrant voices in a connected world Conflicting agendas? National, local, regional and global responses to the governance of migration Religious diversity – a bridge or a barrier to belonging? Migration and inequality – complex challenges under the microscope Australia a multicultural paradise – myths and realities For all conference and program information www.metropolis2018.org.au [1] https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/10/gladys-berejikilian-calls-for-immigration-cut-but-it-could-cost-nsw Migrants more likely to start businesses, win Nobel Prizes, Academy awards and lodge patents 2018-10-30T05:55:55Z migrants-more-likely-to-start-businesses-win-nobel-prizes-academy-awards-and-lodge-patents World renowned expert on migration research, Professor Ian Goldin from Oxford University, revealed fresh evidence of the impact of migration for growth of economies, fiscal costs and benefits at the International Metropolis Conference, in Sydney this week. Professor Goldin’s research, conducted in conjunction with Citi, found that across the globe migrants are: 2 to 3 times more likely to start businesses 2 to 4 times more likely to start ‘unicorn’ businesses 2 to 3 times more likely to win Nobel Prizes 2 to 4 times more likely to lodge patents The report, Migration and the Economy: Economic Realities, Social Impacts and Political Choice, throws light on the growing disconnect between public perceptions of migration and the actual trends. For in many advanced economies, migration has become a toxic issue in election campaigns and political debate, however the authors’ fiscal analysis shows no evidence of the negative perceptions of the impact of migration. Migrant advocate and entrepreneur, Ms Tolu Olubunmi, said whilst the statistics paint the picture, it was the ‘stories of the seekers of truth, and the curators of change’ that make the biggest impact. “The free movement of people is not a problem to be solved, but rather a human reality to be managed. There are 244 million international migrants, 65.3 million of which have been forced from their homes, and 21 million are refugees. “Rather than trying to work out what the statistics mean, I focus on the individual lives hidden in the shadows of the numbers. I focus on the fathers and the mothers, the employers and the employees, the displaced and the determined.” As a child, Tolu was brought to the USA from Nigeria. After completing her chemical engineering degree, she discovered she didn’t have the legal status to work in her profession. This crushing blow, inspiring her to take action. “Being able to live your best life, is sometimes determined by having a certain piece of paper. I had a clear choice, to leave the fate of my life to others who were much more powerful than me, or to be part of the solution and start advocating to change the USA law.” She was the first, and only, “DREAMer” working full-time advocating for access to legal status and higher education for migrant youth in the USA. Her intuitive knowledge of effectively shifting culture, coupled with an unrelenting pursuit of the technical skills necessary to build and message movements, launched a career that took her from The National Immigration Law Centre to the Obama White House and then the world stage. Violet Roumeliotis, CEO of Settlement Services International (SSI), conference co-chair and current Telstra Business Woman of the Year, said Australia’s conversation around migration and multiculturalism draws a sharp dichotomy. “On one hand we have generous resettlement programs, and a strong history of welcoming people, however, we’ve also had the White Australia policy and have drawn international criticism for our offshore processing program. “We live within a complex global environment, and there is no such thing as ‘business as usual’ in migration. “We have world experts, people with lived experience and policy makers together in this unique think tank here at Metropolis. We want you to come up with new ideas, be challenging and be challenged,” said Ms Roumeliotis. The International Metropolis Conference Sydney runs from Tuesday 30 October to Friday 2 November at the International Convention Centre Sydney. www.metropolis2018.org.au Tolu Olubunmi, Global Migration Advocate Violet Roumeliotis, CEO of Settlement Services International [1] https://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/publications/view/2712 Notes to Editors For more information or to interview those featured in this press release, please contact: Marlise Beasley, Account Director, ZADRO via marlise@zadroagency.com.au 0423 624 013 Felicity Zadro, Managing Director, ZADRO via felicity@zadroagency.com.au 0404 009 384 Limited Media Passes are available for relevant and interested parties and are subject to approval. If you would like to apply for a media pass, please contact Marlise Beasley on marlise@zadroagency.com.au #Metropolis2018 About the Event The International Metropolis Conference will be held at ICC Sydney | 29 October – 2 November 2018. Metropolis 2018 is the only platform to bring together international, national and local migration influencers alongside academic, government, practitioner and community perspectives to highlight the latest research, challenges, insights and successes in migration, diversity and integration. Metropolis 2018 is important as the thought leaders and brightest minds of the migration sector will come together to drive enterprise, innovation and social change. We will see and hear the stories of lived experience centre-stage at our event, and we will encourage debate on the hard questions, whilst seeking important new solutions. Metropolis is committed to sharing the intricacies of 21st century migration, to shape 21st century solutions. The Conference Chairs are: Violet Roumeliotis, CEO, Settlement Services International and Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2018 Dr Bulent (Hass) Dellal AO, CEO, Australian Multicultural Foundation Hakan Harman, CEO, Multicultural NSW The conference theme is Global Migration in Turbulent Times. It will focus on the following eight sub-themes: Enterprise, Innovation and Employment – catalysts for social change? Migration and Mobility – the dynamic shifts in the Asia-Pacific region Displacement and asylum – new dimensions driving an old phenomenon Visible and powerful – migrant voices in a connected world Conflicting agendas? National, local, regional and global responses to the governance of migration Religious diversity – a bridge or a barrier to belonging? Migration and inequality – complex challenges under the microscope Australia a multicultural paradise – myths and realities For all conference and program information www.metropolis2018.org.au World leading experts on migration available for interviews this week in Sydney – don’t miss out. Secure your interviews now. 2018-10-29T02:29:39Z world-leading-experts-on-migration-available-for-interviews-this-week-in-sydney-dont-miss-out-secure-your-interviews-now Dear Editor, Media Representative, Metropolis 2018 – the only gathering of its kind that brings together leaders and experts to discuss migration, diversity and integration is happening in Sydney this week. We have access to exceptional talent, world-leaders and thinkers in migration. Contact us now to arrange interviews for this week. Hon. Linda Burney MP is the member for Barton, one of the most multicultural areas in Australia and Aboriginal leader from the Wiradjuri people. She will talk to the Indigenous view of multiculturalism and offer candid stories from her incredible experience and public life. Professor Stephen Castles, Research Chair, Sociology, University of Sydney. Has had an illustrious career in cutting-edge migration research spanning 50 years. You can ask him pretty much anything! https://sydney.edu.au/arts/staff/profiles/stephen.castles.php George Megalogenis is a journalist, political commentator and author. He has strong opinions regarding the power of multiculturalism and has a particular interest in Population Policy. David Manicom is the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Settlement and Integration Sector at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Canada. David will talk about: “Inclusion in the age of Anger – Canada’s approach (and why this will work in the era of Trump Rage) Professor Ian Goldin was a World Bank Vice President and the Group’s Director of Policy, after serving as Chief Executive of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Economic Advisor to President Nelson Mandela. He can talk to the economic benefit of migration. https://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/people/1 What: International Metropolis Conference, Sydney When: 9:00am Tuesday 30 October - 1:30pm Friday 2 November Where: International Convention Centre, Sydney, Darling Harbour Interviews are available upon request. Please email marlise@zadroagency.com.au to secure a media pass or request an on-site interview. Full Program available here: https://metropolis2018.org.au/cms/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Metropolis-2018-Program-18-October-2018.pdf Notes to Editors Metropolis 2018 – the only gathering of its kind that brings together leaders and experts to discuss migration, diversity and integration. This year’s event is hosted by a consortium, led by Settlement Services International (SSI), in partnership with Australian Multicultural Foundation (AMF) and Multicultural NSW (MNSW). Global Migration in Turbulent Times The theme for this year’s Conference is Global Migration in Turbulent Times; with a focus on the following eight sub-themes: Enterprise, Innovation and Employment – catalysts for social change? Migration and Mobility – the dynamic shifts in the Asia-Pacific region Displacement and asylum – new dimensions driving an old phenomenon Visible and powerful – migrant voices in a connected world Conflicting agendas? National, local, regional and global responses to the governance of migration Religious diversity – a bridge or a barrier to belonging? Migration and inequality – complex challenges under the microscope Australia a multicultural paradise – myths and realities