Everyone is Welcome in Manningham

Manningham Council is proud to declare our commitment to welcoming refugees and migrants into the community.

On 26 June 2015 Council was declared Manningham a Migrant and Refugee Welcome Zone.

The Icon for application/pdf Migrant and Refugee Welcome Zone Declaration (469.84 KB) is a commitment in spirit to welcome migrants and refugees into our community, to uphold their human rights, to demonstrate compassion and to enhance the cultural and religious diversity of our community.

Signed by the Mayor and endorsed by the Refugee Council of Australia, the Declaration is supported by community organisations including Victoria Police, Victorian Multicultural Commission, United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Migrant Information Centre, Manningham Interfaith Network, Manningham Community Health Services, Doncare, and the Communities Council on Ethnic Issues.

Council is committed to making the declaration meaningful, including through implementation of its Access, Equity and Diversity Strategy 2014-2017.

Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence

The Manningham community has been recognised for its work in helping migrants and refugees feel more welcome, with Council being the recipient of a 2016 Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence (Local Government).

The award recognises major initiatives developed by local government and community partners that promote and strengthen multiculturalism and that enhance the participation and engagement of culturally and linguistically diverse communities in civic and community life.

Council won an award for our work in helping people from diverse cultural and faith communities to feel actively welcome in Manningham and to be welcoming of others.  In particular, Council was highly commended for our work in strengthening cross-cultural community connectedness through our ‘Welcome Tree’ program.

Welcome Leaf Messages

Over a 12 month period, over 10,000 inspiring welcome leaf messages were collected across Manningham as four Welcome Trees toured schools, clubs, libraries and community groups.

We would like to share a sample of these amazing messages.

Some of the welcome leaves are now on permanent display in Council’s meeting rooms.  A welcome bench is being installed near the entrance to the Civic Centre which is inscribed with many of the words and messages.

A special Welcome Tree song has also been commissioned including the words of many of the welcome messages. 
Icon for application/pdf Welcome Home Mate lyrics (1.06 MB). Listen to the song Icon for audio/mpeg Welcome Home Mate (3.07 MB)

Welcome Trees

Would you like to collect and share messages of welcome at one of your events?

Our wooden Welcome Trees have visited countless schools, preschools, libraries, events, clubs and faith centres, spreading messages of inclusiveness and welcome.

They are now available for community groups / libraries/ clubs/other Councils etc to borrow.  They flat pack and can fit into the back of a station wagon or SUV.

Please contact Social and Community Services on 9840 9281 for information or email kirsten.reedy@manningham.vic.gov.au