My question is to the Minister for Multicultural Affairs.
Unfortunately, the capacity of the North East Multicultural Association (or NEMA) to continue the very important work it has undertaken since 2005, primarily in supporting existing and new migrants in North East Victoria, is currently under a cloud.
This is because its existing quadrennial grant, through Strategic Partnerships Program funding to the Ovens and Murray Multicultural Regional Area Partnership, is set to expire in September.
Although it had generally been expected that the application process for new funding under that program would be opened early this year, this has seemingly still not happened.
I therefore ask if the Minister would be able to clarify whether NEMA will receive access to urgently needed, renewed funding under this and/or any other multicultural grants program – and, if so, how and when this will occur?