Compassion and Conscience: Julian Burnside speaks in Shepparton

A packed room awaited Julian Burnside’s address on “Yes to Multiculturalism” at The Carrington in Shepparton on Harmony Day, 22 March 2017. Former Police Prosecutor Gordon Porter addressed the group, as did Mayor Dinny Adem and Monsignor Peter Jeffrey, who spoke on the history of multiculturalism in Shepparton.

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Voices for Harmony: Burnside talk on Multiculturalism Fully Booked Out



Julian Burnside QC will headline an event in Shepparton this month celebrating the 10th anniversary of community group Voices of Harmony. His topic is “Yes to Multiculturalism“. The event is fully booked out, and no more bookings are available.

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Warrior to Goddess – Stories and Poems from Family Violence Survivors

Warrior to Goddess contains stories from women who were controlled through fear. These stories from survivors illustrate violent behaviour is part of a range of tactics used by a perpetrator to exercise power and control … and can be both criminal and non-criminal in nature. This is courageous writing by women who have been maltreated by their partners.


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SBS Coverage: “Speed date a Muslim in Shepparton”



Speed Date A Muslim is the brainchild of Hana Assafiri, who launched the event in 2016 from the upstairs dining room of her Brunswick cafe, the Moroccan Deli-cacy. Speed Date A Muslim came to Shepparton – with guests from Melbourne – on Sunday, 26 February 2017. We present the SBS coverage of Speed Date a Muslim at The Deck in Maude St Mall.

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Albury: Spiritual Care – Everyone’s Business



The recently published National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care state that spiritual care is everyone’s business. Spirituality is intrinsic to being human, and spiritual needs may arise at any time. A seminar on older people and the basic awareness of spirituality will be held at  Lutheran Aged Care in Albury on Thursday 2nd March 2017.

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Future Voices – Building Opportunity and Social Cohesion

Future Voices acts to build young people’s skills, aspirations and connection to the community. Future Voices develops better futures for young people through building hope and strong aspirations, understanding career paths and employment opportunities, linking with employers and local opportunities, especially in skill shortage areas, delivering life and work skill learning, work experience and mentoring, engagement of community and family in a holistic approach and strengthening cross cultural understanding and inter country relations.
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The Four Seals of Buddhism

Parinirvana Day – or Nirvana Day – is observed primarily by Mahayana Buddhists, most commonly on February 15th. The day commemorates the death of the historical Buddha and his entry into final or complete Nirvana. Nirvana Day is a time for contemplation of the Buddha’s teachings. Shepparton Interfaith Network sends greetings to the Buddhists of Shepparton on this day and shares one article on the Four Seals of Buddhism.
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National Apology Breakfast, Shepparton, 2017


The National Apology to the Stolen Generations was observed in Queens Gardens on the morning of 13 February 2016 at Queens Gardens, Shepparton. Queens Gardens was filled with participants, local indigenous community, students from local schools and civic leaders.

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