The Bordertown Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) was officially opened on April 5 with a great crowd turning out to support the community initiative.
The centre has a new outdoor area, which will aims to improve the facility for both educational and social activities.
The upgrade, which was funded through AMRC member funds, donations and the SA Community Benefit, was completed by local builder Kevin Hillier and included a men's shed with a pool table and pergola area.
MRC SA CEO Eugenia Tsoulis said the event was community celebration and highlighted the acceptance of new settlers in the Tatiara, who turned out with “food and good cheer”.
“The centre will be a gathering place that will assist integration and a sense of belonging,” she said.
MRC multicultural community services coordinator Tracey Grosser said it was a “really exciting event” for the community.
“It was great to see all the different cultures and see the facility being used,” she said.
“We really are going to consult about the migrant community about how they want to use the facility and make it their own.
“I think it will go a long way to promoting inclusion and reducing isolation.”
Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Communities and Social Inclusion Zoe Bettison attended the event and officially opened the centre.
“An increasing number of migrants and refugees are starting life anew in the SE,” she said.
“The migrant population in Bordertown alone is close to 500, and despite their difficult pasts, many of them are embarking on business ventures and employment pathways.
“These new members of our community are making significant contribution to the diversity and productivity SA's south-east, and the new Migrant Resource centre will go a long way increasing cross-cultural understanding in Tatiara.
“Since June last year, the State Government has provided $120,000 to MRC for the provision of settlement services and employment opportunities.
“I was moved by the bipartisan support from the commonwealth and local government.
“It was also wonderful to engage with JBS Australia in Bordertown; 60 per cent of their employees are migrants.”
Member for Barker Tony Pasin, Tatiara District Council Mayor Graham Excell and JBS Bordertown plant manager Trevor Schiller also spoke at the event.
After the formalities of the night the crowd shared in a community barbeque and enjoyed traditional Afghani music by Farid Drokhshan.
See all the photos in our gallery above and read more about the inital stages of the revamp here: Migrant centre revamp.