Meetings are held at the Maryvale Seniors’ Centre which is located next to the Morwell Rose Gardens, Maryvale Crescent, Morwell.
· The fourth Thursday for GECC council meetings
· Meetings are scheduled for 7pm to 9pm in the evenings
GECC Interfaith-Multifaith Committee meetings
The GECC Interfaith-Multifaith or Gippsland Interfaith (GI) Steering Committee meets on
· The first Sunday of the month in the late afternoon.
· For time and location of the meetings, please contact Murray Lobley
The GECC organizes and runs a number of programmes, events and activities, some in conjunction with other organizations. These include:
Ø The annual Gippsland Immigration Wall of Recognition Multicultural Festival – ongoing (5th year in 2011). The GECC works in co-operation with the Immigration Park Committee Inc. and various multicultural groups from Melbourne and Gippsland.
Ø The Youth Multicultural Festival (Bridging the Multicultural Generation Gap) – ongoing (2nd year in 2011). The Youth Festival is the GECC’s response to the Latrobe City Council’s request to expand the festival to a second day. The new festival has engaged co-operation with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development – Gippsland Region, Gippsland State and Primary Schools, Catholic Primary and Secondary Schools and an Independent School.
Ø History Projects - ongoing:
o Immigration Wall of Recognition family history stories
o Family history competition – for participating schools
Ø Gippsland Multifaith/Interfaith programme – ongoing. The GECC organized an officially endorsed Pre-Parliament of World Religions Event in Morwell on Saturday, November 6, 2009.
Ø GECC food and festival activity programme – ongoing. The GECC has organized a food festival at the Gippsland Heritage Park in 2009. The GECC also encourages, facilitates and supports member organizations to organize festivals and events that promote the appreciation of ethnic foods, culture and heritage.
Ø and many more projects.
Affiliation, membership and links:
The GECC is a member of the:
· Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV) (http://www.eccv.org.au)
The ECCV is a state-wide, peak advocacy body representing ethnic and multicultural communities in Victoria. It engaged in developing policy and working on a range of projects and is the principal liaison point between ethnic communities, government and the wider community in Victoria. It plays a major role in building a successful, harmonious and multicultural community in Victoria.
· Federal Ethnic Communities' Council of Australia (FECCA) (http://www.fecca.org.au/)
FECCA is the peak, national body representing Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. It advocates, lobby and promote issues on behalf of its constituency to government, business and the broader community.
FECCA’s goal is to enrich and enhance Australian society through the fullest participation of all members of the community. The core business and organisational principles are based on the concept of social justice.