Jun 6, 2016
The South Asian Community Link Group (SACLG) hosted a dinner forum meet with an objective of initiating collaboration among cross-cultural communities.
The South Asian Community Link Group (SACLG) hosted a dinner forum meet with an objective of initiating collaboration among cross-cultural communities. The discussion forum was organised at The Hilton, Melbourne on 30th April, 2016.

Considering the challenges faced by growing South Asian Communities in Australia, the event aimed at initiating discussion leading towards effective ways of working together. The event was enthusiastically attended by 40 community leaders and members from various backgrounds and political strata. After a meet and greet session, Executive member Dr. Sonia Cheema formally welcomed the guests and provided the cloud vision of the program. This was followed by introduction of the theme by President Dr Raju Adhikari who emphasized the need  of  real collaboration among community’s organisation and with government agencies to deliver tangible outcome on community’s run projects.

The primary objective of the first part of the session was to understand the dynamics of policy making from policy makers and how SACLG can work with them meaningfully in the process in making them effective and beneficial for the broader segment of the communities. The discussion also focussed on strategies to enhance SACLG’s role and participation in community service working in collaboration with parliamentarians.

Special guests Maria Vamvakinou MP and Alex Bhattal, Candidate for Batsman provided a good insight about the potential avenues and plan to consider visiting Parliament to meet fellow parliamentarians for an interactive discussion . Alex Bhattal, candidate for Batsman shared her work around the need of a national enquiry into Racism Violence. She also reinforced the idea of active participation and representation of people from South Asian region in the government to gain greater understanding in policy making.

Founder of South Asian Youth Connect Australasia (SAYCA), Saksham Katyal suggested to create a mini mock Parliament of young people from south Asian background. Also, he touched upon creating a common socio-political platform to share ideas and working together

The second half of the meet was dedicated to the idea of community participation on important events of political or social significance with other multicultural organisations to enhance collaboration and harmony. Various ideas were exchanged including creating a platform where an organisation of political significance invites different community’s leaders to create a special interest group.

One of the highlights of the session was when Maria Vamvakinou MP accepted the position of the chief patron of SACLG and was welcomed by participants with a sheer delight.

The session was attended by Hon Ms Maria Vamvakinou, Member of the house of Representatives from Calwell,  Alex Bhattal Candidate for Batsman, Vijaya Vaidyanath CEO Yarra Council, Mr. Joe Caputo FECCA Chair, OAM, Hon Nepali Consulate for Victoria, Mr. Chandra Yonzon, Former parliamentarian Hon Liz Beatie and community leaders of the region.

SACLG is a non-religious, non-political, not-for-profit organisation with an aim to promote harmony and understanding of multiculturalism among south Asian communities and Australian people.

The event was very well organised by SACLG Executive team members Deepak Vinayak, JP, Satinder Chawla, Dr. Sonia Cheema, Angpal Singh led by President Dr. Raju Adhikari. SACLG Youth Ambassadors, Tanvi Mor, Preeti Daga and Tanya Jay coordinated well the floor discussions among various cross-cultural community members.

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