Harmony message embraced

BOMBALA Public School joined in Harmony Day celebrations last week.

The message for this year’s Harmony Day – which celebrates Australia’s diversity – was ‘everyone belongs’.

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Dr Peter Hendy, said Harmony Day gave communities the opportunity to celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity and recognise local groups and individuals. 

Dr Hendy said in 2014 a record number of more than 6000 Harmony Day events were registered nationally.

“Australia’s cultural diversity helps make us who we are,” Dr Hendy said. 

“We have a rich history of migration. 

“Since 1945, over seven million people have migrated to this country. 

“Today around 45 per cent of us were born overseas or have a parent who was born overseas. 

“Over the years tens of thousands of Harmony Day events have been held by students, community groups, councils, small businesses and many others. 

“Eden-Monaro is no exception. 

“The theme of this year’s Harmony Day was ‘Everyone Belongs’, which is about understanding how each of us sees our future in this country and how we can make it a better place,” he said.

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