Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan):
My adjournment matter is directed to the Minister for Community Sport, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, and Minister for Youth, the Honourable Ros Spence, MP. My adjournment relates to the minister’s portfolio responsibilities for community sport.
The Andrews Labor government has always considered Victoria’s multiculturalism to be a huge part of our identity as a state and one of our strongest assets. I am proud to see the Andrews Labor government continue to provide various and many ways in which to bolster our multicultural identity and underscore that here in Victoria we have a zero tolerance for racism and discrimination. This latest initiative surrounds boosting inclusion for multicultural communities in sport, through the recently announced CMSport program. Young people from multicultural communities have lower participation rates in sport, often due to negative experiences of racism and other barriers. This program will promote more inclusive organisations and encourage young people to try new experiences and learn new skills, while building a sense of belonging within their own communities. The Centre for Multicultural Youth, through CMSport, will provide training in inclusion and diversity for sporting associations, regional sports assemblies and local sporting clubs across the state. It will also assist with the development of mentoring opportunities for multicultural young people. The program will also deliver multicultural community forums and build partnerships to boost good practice across the sporting sector and increase inclusive opportunities for multicultural young people. This program presents a great opportunity to get our kids active and equip local sports clubs with the training and resources to foster an inclusive and friendly environment.
The government has pledged $300 000 to kickstart the program, which builds on the $450 000 earlier this year to support sporting organisations to deliver mentoring and skill-building activities to young African and Muslim Victorians.
The action I seek from the minister is to provide me with an update on how young multicultural constituents in my electorate of Western Metropolitan Region will be able to reap the benefits of this fantastic program.