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 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, thousands of inspiring welcome messages were collected across Manningham as four handcrafted Welcome Trees toured schools, clubs, libraries and community groups. The 'trees' generated great community discussion about being welcoming and feeling welcome.
We would like to share some of these amazing messages with you.
To symbolise the welcome that Council and the Manningham community extend to all migrants and refugees, a live welcome tree (a Red Box Gum) has been planted near the entrance to the Manningham Civic Centre.
A sample of the community's welcome messages have been carved onto a long 'Welcome Bench' which sits underneath the (future) canopy of the Welcome Tree. It is hoped that current and future generations will be inspired by the enduring messages of welcome offered by Manningham residents.
In addition, some of the Welcome Leaves have been framed and are on display in Council’s meeting rooms, and some of the wooden Welcome Trees are on display in Council's foyer.
A special Welcome Tree song has been created which incorporates the words of many of the welcome messages. You are invited to listen to and share the song.
Welcome Home Mate lyrics (1.06 MB)isten to the song Welcome Home Mate (3.07 MB)
Would you like to host or be invited to a local Welcome Dinner? Visit the Welcome Dinner Project
Multilingual and Multicultural Support Services
For information please visit the Multilingual and Multicultural Support Service webpage