A new organisation designed to provide a voice to the migrant communities of the Limestone Coast has been officially launched.
South Australian Governor Hieu Van Le officially launched the Limestone Coast Multicultural Network at the Naracoorte Migrant Resource Centre on Saturday.
The network will provide migrant communities with and voice to advocate and communicate with government agencies, local councils and other bodies.
Speaking at the launch on Saturday was interim chair Mehdi Ali.
He said the goal of the new organisation was to promote participation of ethnic communities and groups in social cultural and economic and religious life of the Limestone Coast region, work with appropriate government and non-government agencies to raise awareness of equity and cultural diversity, provide effective links between ethnic groups and other community groups and services, bolster the development and availability of culturally appropriate services, support and educate on matters of cultural diversity and promote programs that specifically encourage cross- cultural understanding and social cohesion.
"There has been a long struggle and a long journey to create an association or organization in the region to bring the migrant communities together and here we are finally," he said.
"The network will be serving and working through the mission and vision to bring community members together and work together for the betterment of society.
"We want to work for inclusion, which means anyone belonging to the community is welcome, accepted and connected to the community- our aim is that we bring community members together in friendly, and authentic way and give them opportunities to participate in the community life and it's ongoing evolution."
The network will operate under the auspice of the Migrant Resource Centre.
Chairperson of the Afghan United Association of SA Hussain Razaiat said it was wonderful that migrant communities will have a voice within the Limestone Coast.
"I saw our community members into the South East including Naracoorte and Bordertown and I saw them be accepted and welcomed by the local communities," he said.
"They were welcomed to become useful members of the community, they shared their pain with the local communities, but they needed words and a united voice to advocate for their benefits and needs.
"I am very glad today they have come together as a multicultural network, to register an organisation to share their pain, achievements, their needs and their benefits.
"It is a great achievement."