Moira Shire Council and its community has a strong tradition of fostering cultural diversity, particularly as it relates to acknowledgement and celebration of the growing number of cultural groups that make up our community.
Throughout the period 1940 to 1970, migration to Australia and, in turn, settlement in Cobram involved predominantly people from European origin.
From the mid-1970s, new arrivals also came from the Philippines and South-East Asia.
More recently, a number of settlement programs have encouraged settlement of Arabic-speaking migrants from Iraq and Kuwait, and more recently people from India.
Now home to second and third generations of these migrants, Moira Shire is proud to celebrate its diversity. Here are some interesting facts about Moira Shire's cultural diversity:
- 8.3 percent of Moira Shire’s resident population was born overseas;
- the United Kingdom, New Zealand and the Netherlands make up the greatest number of those residents born overseas, totalling 4.6 percent of the population; and
- the dominant non-English speaking country of birth in Moira Shire is Italy, where 1.1 percent of the population, or 288 people, were born.
Moira Shire Council supports a number of initiatives that aim to celebrate diversity. Many of these events are coordinated by the Moira Shire Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee.
The Moira Shire Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee meets on the third Thursday of the month in the Community Development building of Moira Shire Council. For more information please contact Council's Cultural Diversity Officer.
Current projects include:
- Flavours of Muslim Culture - which has been funded through the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) www.immi.gov.au
Moira Shire Council proudly supports the following events:
- Cultural Diversity Week;
- Refugee Week; and
- Harmony Day.
If you or your community group would like to be involved in any of the above celebrations, please contact Council.
Additional information regarding cultural diversity is available at:
Department of Immigration and Citizenship
Victorian Multicultural Commission
For more information on becoming an Australian citizen, please see the Citizenship Ceremonies section of this website.