Bendigo’s local government will unveil it’s new intercultural ambassadors tomorrow during the Harmony Fair at Dai Gum San.
The program runs for two years, with 12 migrant leaders sharing their skills and diverse cultural knowledge to inform policy, connect and network with others.
Proud Zimbabwean and Bendigonian, Enos Mahachi, is one of the ambassadors and works as a project manager of NDIS provider, Olympia Projects.
He said after moving from his home in Zimbabwe to Botswana, the UK and then Bendigo, he knows the priorities of a newly-arrived resident.
“I’ve basically had a great lived experience as an immigrant before settling in Bendigo in 2017, which, fingers crossed, should be my final destination,” he said.
He added that one of the most important issues for migrant communities is “access to services”.
“When there is a lot of cultural awareness training and things like that for local workers as well as services, that helps a lot.”
The launch of this year’s program follows on from the success of the Bendigo’s pilot program from 2019 to 2021.