MEDIA RELEASE: Multicultural representation the big winner in local government elections

MEDIA RELEASE: Multicultural representation the big winner in local government elections

Poliversity congratulates all citizens from multicultural backgrounds nominating for the 2016 local government elections in New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria.

As an independent organisation affiliated with the Australian Labor Party (ALP), Poliversity is endorsing and working with a number of ALP members from multicultural backgrounds contesting local government elections.

Poliversity’s Co-founder Jieh-Yung Lo said it was pleasing to see so many ALP members from multicultural, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and interfaith backgrounds putting their hand up to serve and represent their local communities.

“NSW and Victorian councils are some of Australia’s must culturally, religiously and linguistically diverse communities. We want to see this diversity represented in city halls and council chambers.

“As a former local government councillor, I understand the important role local governments play in fostering inclusive and welcoming communities. Local governments do more than just roads, rates and rubbish – they deliver hundreds of services and programs to strengthen community capacity and wellbeing.

“For many multicultural, CALD and interfaith Australians, seeing a representative from their background elected to public office means a lot.

“A councillor from a multicultural background helps the council reach out and connect with their communities to ensure their views and ideas are incorporated to council policies and programs.”

Poliversity’s endorsed candidates for the 2016 local government elections in NSW and Victoria are:

  1. Sera Yilmaz – Candidate for Parks Ward, Fairfield City Council (NSW) – elected
  2. Adrian Wong – Candidate for Cabravale Ward, Fairfield City Council (NSW) – elected
  3. Parsuram Sharma-Luital – Candidate for North West Ward, Moreland City Council (VIC)
  4. Melba Marginson – Candidate for Yarraville Ward, Maribyrnong City Council (VIC)
  5. Paul Klisaris – Candidate for Mulgrave Ward, Monash City Council (VIC)
  6. Wesa Chau (Strengthening Melbourne team) – Councillor candidate, Melbourne City Council (VIC)
  7. Nildhara Gadani – Candidate for Morack Ward, Whitehorse City Council (VIC)
  8. Joseph Haweil – Candidate for Aitken Ward, Hume City Council (VIC)
  9. Raff Ciccone – Candidate for Mount Waverley Ward, Monash City Council (VIC)
  10. Wei Shen – Candidate for La Trobe Ward, Darebin City Council (VIC)
  11. Hyma Vulpala – Candidate for Tirhatuan Ward, Knox City Council (VIC)
  12. Cr Jami Klisaris – Candidate for East Ward, Stonnington City Council (VIC)
  13. Jana Taylor – Candidate for Meadow Valley Ward, Hume City Council (VIC)
  14. Cr Nga Hosking – Candidate for Oakleigh Ward, Monash City Council (VIC)
  15. Cr Steve Staikos – Candidate for North Ward, Kingston City Council (VIC)
  16. Cr Meng Heang Tak – Candidate for Paperbark Ward, Greater Dandenong City Council (VIC)

Poliversity congratulates our first two endorsed candidates Sera Yilmaz and Adrian Wong for being successfully elected as councillors for Fairfield City Council in NSW.

We wish our Victorian endorsed candidates all the best on 22 October 2016.