WYNDHAM City hosted the first in a series of four Multicultural Community Dinners at the Council where members of Indian Community were invited. Presentations about Council’s current priorities were displayed along with an active participation of the members to provide feedback to the Council.
The evening was held under the banner of ‘The Wyndham Exchange’, the Council’s brand for community engagement. The brand communicates Council’s commitment to sharing information and ideas with the community and hearing about emerging issues and priorities. It is hoped that engagement activities also serve as an opportunity for residents to build relationships and connections with Councillors, Council staff and each other.
The evening was attended by over 65 community members along with Council staff from across the organization. Councillor Gautam Gupta delivered the welcome speech and shared a word about his role as Chair of the Cultural Diversity Portfolio Committee.
The agenda also included presentations by Kelly Grigsby on Wyndham’s City Plan and Multicultural Policy; Emily Keogh on Communications and Events; Richard Williams on Community Grants and by Daryl Wilson on Economic Development.
The information collected during the evening is valuable for Council to better plan services and prioritise new projects. Across the question areas there were some clear messages that came through from the participants on the evening. These messages are arranged around four areas which areas: Diversity of Indian Community; Programs and Services; Events and Festivals; and Indian Media. The evening concluded with a Bollywood dance performance and informal conversation between community members and Council staff.
Wyndham city is committed to increasing the involvement of local residents in decision-making. The series of Multicultural Community Dinners are one component of a four year strategy to inform and empower the Wyndham community.