May 20, 2016

NSW Federation of Community Language Schools to receive funding boost

The NSW Federation of Community Language Schools will receive a funding boost of $20,000 as part of the Stronger Communities Program administered through my office.

President of the NSWFCLS, Albert Vella OAM, has welcomed the announcement, which will go towards upgrading and refurbishing the new offices in Dulwich Hill.

The new premises will function as a multicultural hub, with organisations and members of the CALD community able to access rooms to host meetings and other activities.

“We want our space to encourage people to provide services, projects and activities and have some autonomy in how they support the needy in their community,” Mr Vella said.

For nearly 40 years the NSWFCLS has worked to sustain community languages and promote multiculturalism.

The NSWFCLS also plays an essential role in ensuring that people who might feel isolated because of their background have access to the services they need.

People come to the inner west because of its vibrancy and diversity.

We are lucky to have such cohesive neighbourhoods and communities and in part this is because of the work of organisations like the NSWFCLS.

I want to thank Albert Vella and Michael Christodoulou for their commitment to supporting diversity within our community and wish them all the best in their move to the new premises.