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Mona migrated to Australia from India in May 2005, and on settling in
Ballarat, immediately felt at home due to the community's generosity
and willingness to help others. Mona was particularly pleased to find the
much talked about Australian value of a 'fair go' was very much alive and
well in Ballarat.
"This is a community with extraordinary generosity. One of the best lifestyles
to work, play and live," Mona said about her new home town.
Mona has made the most of the various opportunities available for further
education in Ballarat, and since her move has sought qualifications in
training and recruitment, to complement the skills and qualification she
had previously received in India in the fields of tourism and hospitality. This
positive attitude towards further education and personal and professional
development meant she quickly found employment and now feels very
settled and part of the community.
Mona's positive experiences of settling into the community were one of the
reasons she decided to become a Multicultural Ambassador. Mona is hoping
that by using her experiences she can improve
community awareness and acceptance and
ensure other new migrants have as positive
experience here as she has had in moving
Mona is committed to tackling the
challenges of prejudice by striving to
make people understand that tolerance,
education and an understanding of
other cultures are essential for a
happy, cohesive and productive
As part of Council's ongoing commitment to supporting our local cultural and
linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, Council has prepared a number
of documents aimed at improving information access and equity.
The City of Ballarat Multicultural Community Services Directory is a one
stop shop outlining how and where people can seek help and assistance.
The Directory aims to be comprehensive and detailed and covers matters
ranging from emergency services through to taxation services.
The second document that is now available is the Guide to Finding Work
in Ballarat, a simple and easy to follow resource on how to find and apply
for a job. The Guide outlines how to access the published job market, as
well as how to tap into the unpublished job market, where networks and
referrals provide the gateways to new employment opportunities.
The final document is the Global Skills for Provincial Victoria Program
brochure. The brochure provides background to the State Government led
program which aims to address skill shortages facing regional areas. The
Global Skills for Provincial Victoria Program is a free service which can assist
businesses to attract, source and retain skilled migrants to fill positions
which cannot be otherwise filled locally.
All three documents are available in hard copy from Council's Customer
Service Centre, The Phoenix, Armstrong St Sth or from Council's website at
For more information contact Council's Cultural Diversity Coordinator Frances
Salenga on 5320 5180.
City of Ballarat Community Magazine December 2010
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