With people of more than 135 nationalities speaking 80 languages, the need for cultural understanding is as high in Maribyrnong as it is anywhere.
With that in mind, leaders from a range of religions and cultural groups gathered for an “interfaith tree planting” in Footscray’s Maddern Square last week.The planting, which involved an indigenous welcome and smoking ceremony by a Wurundjeri elder, was to “symbolise peace, respect and harmony” as the suburb marks 150 years of history, Maribyrnong Mayor Michael Clarke said.
The council has secured $11,000 from a State Government fund for interfaith projects, with several other local organisations winning grants from the Victorian Multicultural Commission for similar proposals.
A series of events is planned for next month, including a youth interfaith forum at Braybrook’s Quang Minh Buddhist temple and interfaith workshops in Maribyrnong and Brimbank.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 August 2010 20:47