Migrant Voices – Mario Bettanin

Mario Bettanin

Mario Bettanin, Shepparton Citizen of the Year in 2011, immigrated from Italy to Shepparton and worked fro 42 years in the Goulburn Valley. Being a part of Australian community requires perseverance, commitment, and a willingness to help your neighbour and take whatever steps are needed to create community resources. The Australian Community, having had Jewish and Italian migrations to the Goulburn Valley, are ready to accept new immigrants, willingly.

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Migrant Voices – Melly Pandher Singh

Melly Pandher in conversation

Melly Singh was originally intending to settle in Melbourne. He came to Shepparton to get his driving licence, and liked what he saw. He was to return soon after, to settle with his family and remain.

Living in a community where there are many other families from your part of the world is a highly appreciated aspect of being in the Goulburn Valley, says Melly Singh of the local Sikh Community

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Stories from Shepparton

ABC Radio National

The city of Shepparton and its Goulburn Valley region in Victoria have a rich history of immigration. The Shepparton experience of diversity and social harmony was the basis for a unique Conference in 2007 organised by Latrobe University, the region's Ethnic Council and the Shepparton Interfaith Network. Encounter reports on the stories that emerged from this Conference.

The following transcript was broadcast by ABC Radio National on its Encounter Program on 3 February 2008. This transcript has been supplied on this website with permission from the ABC.

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Monsignor Peter Jeffrey – Address to AGM

Monsignor Peter Jeffrey

On the occasion of the Annual General Meeting, Monsignor Peter Jeffrey offered reflections on the nature of interfaith activity along with collaboration and cooperation amongst the religions, in the light of the recent event at Assisi, wherein representatives of many of the worlds religions met to pray and further the cause of world peace.

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