Development of Multicultural Regional NSW: Special guest lecture at UNE

Published 29 July 2014

HH CRCThe Chief Executive Officer of the Community Relations Commission of NSW, Mr. Hakan Harman will deliver an address on Multicultural NSW at the University of New England on July 31.

His topic will be “Multicultural NSW:  a regional perspective.”

Hakan Harman is an experienced Senior Executive in both the Public and Private Sectors. His qualifications include a Bachelor Commerce and Master of Public Administration and he is a Fellow of CPA Australia.

The CRC holds a regular meeting in regional New South Wales annually and on August 1 will meet in Armidale.  The CRC maintains contact with the region through a Regional Advisory Council (RAC) comprised of locally-based government service providers and community representatives.

“The history of migrant settlement in regional New South Wales is quite a different story in many ways to that of those settled in urban areas. In the big cities migrants can normally fall back on an established multicultural community organisation for support, in the early days after arrival,” said Mr Harman.

“However, in regional areas migrants, and in particular refugees are in need of assistance from the day they arrive through to eventual settlement. Local government service providers have a key role to play in this process.

“The CRC is grateful to the University of New England for this partnership which will allow us to bring our message to a significant audience of interested people in the New England region of NSW”, he said.

UNE Vice-Chancellor Professor Annabelle Duncan said the visit of the Commission is an important event for UNE and the New England community.

“We are fortunate to have a very multicultural community in Armidale and the surrounding region, and Mr Harman’s address and the engagement of the CRC Commissioners will provide an opportunity to reflect on how this has shaped our region, and what it means for us now and into the future,” Professor Duncan said.

The lecture will be delivered at 2.30pm at the University of New England Arts Lecture Theatre 1.