Cooee! – Newsletter for the Communities Council on Ethnic Issues

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Cooee! Issue No. 60 – 15 November 2021

Cooee! No 60 celebrates the life of Vale The Hon. Sir James Gobbo and the impact he has had on CCOEI as an organisation.

Cooee! Issue No. 59 – 8 November 2021

Cooee! No 59 celebrates diwali and shows off CCOEI’s most recent Migrant Settlement Committee meeting helping explore ways to support the digital inclusion of new migrants and refugees.

Cooee! Issue No. 58 – 25 October 2021

Cooee! No 58 encourages readers who live or work in Melbourne’s eastern region to ‘sign-up’ as CCOEI members! To support CCOEI as a MSC meeting participant, project contributor and/or volunteer – find details in our newsletter

Cooee! Issue No. 57 – 18 October 2021

As Melbourne prepares to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions later this week, CCOEI’s ‘Cooee!’ eNews #57 – runs a multicultural community lens over related news, information and multilingual resources:

Cooee! Issue No. 56 – 11 October 2021

Cooee! No 56 casts a multicultural community lens across Covid-19 developments; and offers a weekly round-up of cultural diversity news, information and multilingual resources for migrant service-providers:

Cooee! Issue No. 55 – 4 October 2021

Cooee! No 55 has all the latest multicultural news from CCOEI; plus we feature our sister Melbourne regional metro organisations DECC and WRECC; our state peak organisation – the ECCV – and our national peak – FECCA.

Cooee! Issue No. 54 – 27 September 2021

Cooee! No 54 highlights CCOEI’s next Migrant Settlement Committee meeting and how it will address ‘Building Digital Literacy of CALD Seniors Clubs’.

Cooee! Issue No. 53 – 20 September 2021

Cooee! No 53 highlights what’s happening in multicultural affairs across Melbourne’s eastern region, as well as more broadly; plus the all-important Covid-19 updates on the campaign to get us all vaccinated.

Cooee! Issue No. 52 – 13 September 2021

Cooee! No 52 features convenient fortnightly round-up of news, information and multicultural resources for cultural diversity practitioners.

Cooee! Issue No. 51 – 6 September 2021

Cooee! No 51 features convenient fortnightly round-up of news, information and multicultural resources for cultural diversity practitioners.

Cooee! Issue No. 50 – 23 August 2021

Cooee! No 50 features the impact of the Taliban victory on Australia’s Afghan community (see section towards the back under the heading ‘Australia & Afghanistan’); and all the latest Covid-19 news and updates.

Cooee! Issue No. 49 – 9 August 2021

Cooee! No 49 features all the latest Covid-19 news and updates, reviews last Friday’s CCOEI MSC meeting focus on local government, tomorrow’s Census Night, and lots more to keep readers well-informed and up-to-date on all things multicultural.

Cooee! Issue No. 48 – 21 July 2021

Cooee! No 48 advises readers that our national peak organisation – the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) – will hold their biennial conference in Melbourne next March 10 &11th – save the date! We also look back on last Sunday evening’s 5th CCOEI on-line concert and provide Facebook and YouTube weblinks for any readers who missed it, or wish to view it again.

Cooee! Issue No. 47 – 5 July 2021

Cooee! No 47 announces our upcoming on-line concert, and introduces our newly co-opted CCOEI Board members Tony O’Hea and Daniele Noel. It also looks at NAIDOC Week, a new large-scale study of migrant and refugee women in Australia, and all the latest on the Covid pandemic

Cooee! Issue No. 46 – 21 June 2021

Cooee! No 46 features the latest updates on Covid-19 and the vaccination roll-out, Victoria’s new anti-racism initiatives, Refugee Week, the Murugappan family’s plight, Queen’s Birthday Honours recipients; and we remember a pioneer of Australian Multiculturalism – Nick Polites OAM.

Cooee! Issue No. 45 – 7 June 2021

Cooee! No 45 focuses on our efforts to recruit a new CCOEI CoM Secretary, the ‘Racism. It Stops With Me’ campaign, engagement with local government for our next MSC meeting, latest Covid-19 developments, the 2021-22 Victorian and Federal Budget outcomes for migrants and multicultural affairs.

Cooee! Issue No. 44 – 3 May 2021

Cooee! this month looks at recent reforms to the AMEP. We also bring readers outcomes of the recent Welcoming Cities Symposium, news of a new advocacy voice for Melbourne’s outer south-east, and the latest advice and information provided by government on the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out.

Cooee! Issue No. 43 – 5 April 2021

Cooee! this month includes coverage of a selection of Harmony Day and Cultural Diversity Week events and related activities through March, plus a round-up of general multicultural news, information and resources – local, national and international.

Cooee! Issue No. 42 – 1 March 2021

Cooee! is the new name for our monthly CCOEI newsletter going forward. The March edition (No. 42) is now out – packed with multicultural affairs news and information – local, national and international.

eNews No. 41 – 1 February 2021  

CCOEI eNews is back in 2021 with the February edition (No. 41) featuring the reminisces of three of our longest-term members – Clary Verbunt, Marilyn Gurry and Cynthia Shaw.


eNews No. 40 – 14 December 2020

In the last CCOEI eNews for 2020 we focus on ‘summer safety’ community language resources – surviving heatwaves, storms, floods, fires and on the beach – swimming, fishing and boating safety; plus all our regular features.

eNews No. 39 – 7 December 2020

AMEP, TAFE, Chisholm Skills & Jobs Centre and Melbourne Polytechnic feature in this week’s CCOEI eNews 39. This issue concludes our earlier series on pathways to employment for CALD people in the Eastern Region of Melbourne (see editions 30-34). We also offer our regular round-up of news and information on community affairs.

eNews No. 38 – 30 November 2020

This week’s CCOEI eNews 38 reports on last Tuesday’s Victorian Government State Budget for 2020-2021 – with a focus on outcomes for CALD and Indigenous communities; plus our usual round-up of multicultural affairs and settlement news and information.

eNews No. 37 – 23 November 2020

CCOEI eNews 37 reports on last Friday’s Annual General Meeting, including links to watch it on YouTube and read key documents like the Annual Report and the Keynote Address. We conclude with the usual round-up of multicultural affairs news and information.

eNews No. 36 – 16 November 2020

Multicultural Arts is the focus of this week’s CCOEI eNews 36. This edition canvases the role of the arts in migrant and refugee settlement, social cohesion and pandemic recovery. We also preview our 2020 CCOEI AGM coming up on 20 November.

eNews No. 35 – 9 November 2020

This week’s bumper issue of the CCOEI eNews 35 features policy, programs and services addressing the needs and issues of older migrants; plus our usual round-up of multicultural affairs news and information.

eNews No. 34 – 2 November 2020

Recent issues of the CCOEI eNews have been looking at CALD people’s employment pathways. This week’s issue focuses on Victoria’s labour market, particularly workplace access & equity – safety, fairness and protections. Plus a wrap-up of local news for the multicultural sector and cultural diversity news from around Australia.

eNews No. 33 – 26 October 2020

The State Government’s ‘Working for Victoria’ online platform is featured in this week’s CCOEI eNews; along with ‘Jobs Victoria’ and other associated programs such as Local Learning and Employment Networks.

eNews No. 32 – 19 October 2020

AMES Australia is featured as part of our ‘Employment Pathways Across Eastern Melbourne’ series this week. We continue with the latest coverage on the easing of Victoria’s pandemic lockdown and offer additional responses to the Federal Budget. We also conclude our four-part online CCOEI ‘Twilight Concerts’ series.

eNews No. 31 – 12 October 2020

CCOEI eNews 31 continues our series informing Eastern Melbourne’s CALD job-seekers about employment opportunities; this issue features the Salvation Army’s Employment Plus and Melbourne AMEP. We offer reactions to the 2020-21 Federal Budget, information about Mental Health Month, and preview our fourth and final free online ‘Twilight Concert’ taking place this Sunday at 6.30pm.

eNews No. 30 – 5 October 2020

CCOEI eNews 30 starts a new series focusing on assisting CALD job-seekers find employment opportunities. This issue features Employment Support available from the Migrant Information Centre (Eastern Melbourne), the Eastern CALD English Education and Employment Network, various federal government initiatives, AMEP and Mission Australia.

eNews No. 29 – 28 September 2020

Settlement Services International is featured in this week’s CCOEI eNews 29. Through October, CCOEI eNews will be featuring job-seeking, employment services, workplace matters and labour market issues – with a particular focus on migrants and former refugees living and working in Eastern Melbourne. We also preview next Sunday’s third CCOEI multicultural community concert.

eNews No. 28 – 21 September 2020

The focus in this week’s CCOEI eNews is on the multicultural municipality of Monash. This brings to a conclusion our series over the past few issues on local government in Eastern Melbourne.  We also review last evening’s CCOEI online ‘lockdown’ community concert.

eNews No. 27 – 14 September 2020

The City of Boroondara features in CCOEI eNews 27, along with details of our upcoming second online multicultural concert, and our regular wrap-up of local, national and international news.

eNews No. 26 – 7 September 2020

The City of Maroondah features in CCOEI eNews 26. We also spotlight the success from CCOEI’s first Multicultural Community Concert held on Facebook along with our regular wrap-up of last week’s news and information for migrant service providers, CALD community leaders and advocates.

eNews No. 25 – 31 August 2020

In this issue we give details for the next MSC meeting and up-coming series of CCOEI online multicultural concerts. Our lead feature this week looks at how the City of Manningham serves its migrant communities; plus our usual news about multicultural arts, jobs, volunteering and scholarships.

eNews No. 24 – 24 August 2020

In this issue we announce an exciting up-coming series of CCOEI online community concerts.  Our lead feature looks at how the City of Knox serves its migrant communities (extract available here). The next few issues will continue to showcase our local councils across Melbourne’s Eastern Metropolitan Region addressing the needs of their CALD residents.

eNews No. 23 – 17 August 2020

This week’s edition of CCOEI eNews features how the City of Whitehorse serves its migrant communities. The next few issues will also showcase how local councils across Melbourne’s Eastern Metropolitan Region address the needs of their CALD residents.

eNews No. 22 – 10 August 2020

This week’s edition of CCOEI eNews features the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) delivered through Melbourne Polytechnic.  This concludes our series on post-secondary institutions with campuses in Eastern Melbourne.

eNews No. 21 – 3 August 2020

In this week’s edition, CCOEI eNews continues our series on tertiary education institutions in Eastern Melbourne. Today’s issue features the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) at Box Hill Institute and includes all of our usual news for service providers.

eNews No. 20 – 27 July 2020

In this week’s edition, CCOEI eNews continues our series on universities with campuses in Eastern Melbourne. Today’s issue features the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University’s Burwood Campus, plus all of our usual news and updates for migrant service providers.

eNews No. 19 – 20 July 2020

In this week’s edition, we continue our series on universities with campuses in Eastern Melbourne. Today’s issue features the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre at Monash University’s Clayton campus, plus all of our usual news and updates for migrant service providers.

eNews No. 18 – 13 July 2020

This week’s edition features the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health (CEH), an advocacy organisation working closely with professionals from health, community and local government services to improve their responsiveness to people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. 

eNews No. 17 – 6 July 2020

This week’s edition highlights the issues created by the shutdown of Melbourne public housing tenants. It also includes articles and questions from community issues as we move into a new stage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

eNews No. 16 – 29 June 2020

This week’s edition has a focus on MiCare, a service that support migrants and refugees with a variety of needs ranging from aged care, community settlement, youth and family services, and education and employment programs.

eNews No.15 – 22 June 2020

This week’s edition has a focus on Swinburne University. Cultural diversity is at the heart of this university which is evident by the many initiatives undertaken for migrant and refugee students.

eNews No. 14 – 15 June 2020

This week’s issue promotes the valuable work undertaken by the Eastern Community Legal Centre, their proactive activities and projects that deliver essential services and keep communities informed and safe.

eNews No. 13 – 8 June 2020

This week’s issue promotes Refugee Week 2020 (commencing 14 June). Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society, it also serves to raise awareness of the challenges faced by refugees and their families. 

eNews No. 12 – 1 June 2020

This week’s issue has a focus on Eastern Health, their services and recent Eastern Health developments such as where to go for a screening test and visitor restrictions.

eNews No. 11 – 25 May 2020

This week, we highlight the work done by the Migrant Information Centre as they continue to provide vital support to families in Ringwood and Box Hill throughout COVID-19. They have adapted to the pandemic by moving group programs, information sessions and community activities online.

eNews No. 10 – 18 May 2020

This week, we continue to delve into the trends of racism and mistreatment occurring due to the coronavirus specifically towards members of Asian-Australian households. We discuss the works of organisations to combat this alongside the potential of the development of a national anti-racism campaign.

eNews No. 9 – 11 May 2020

This week’s edition takes a look at the rising tide of racism in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The ECCV’s All One Together campaign will address the urgency of keeping all Australians safe and free from facing discrimination.

eNews No. 8 – 4 May 2020

This week’s edition features a message from the CCOEI President Sui Ting Tse and the Committee of Management. It also features updates on the RCAA’s COVID-19 Relief Program and the creation of the International Student Emergency Relief Fund by the Victorian Government.

eNews No. 7 – 27 April 2020

This week’s edition of CCOEI eNews want to hear from you as our national peak, the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA), wants to hear how COVID-19 has impacted migrants and people of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds living in Australia. We also take a deeper look at how coronavirus has affected those with temporary visas and how the financial repercussions of COVID-19 are impacting migrant workers.

eNews No. 6 – 20 April 2020

This week, CCOEI’s eNews focuses on the federal government’s recent policy involving Refugees, Migrants and temporary visa holders impacted by COVID-19. Unfortunately, this policy leaves people behind without the proper support, therefore we have outlined several support and service options for these communities to ensure that we all remain safe.

eNews No. 5 – 13 April 2020

This edition includes a message from the Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission on the pandemic, updates on the Victorian State of Emergency and a complete collection of multilingual COVID-19 Health Translations.

eNews No. 4 – 6 April 2020 

This edition discusses the Australian Government’s response plan to aid people with a disability, the call for social cohesion and community action by the Ethnic Community Council of Victoria and the latest update by the Department of Home Affairs.

eNews No. 3 – 30 March 2020

This edition focuses on the efforts the Australian and Victorian Governments have taken to combat COVID-19 including the shutdown of nonessential services, the Box Hill Hospital’s COVID-19 Screening Clinic and Eastern Health visitor restrictions.

eNews No. 2 – 23 March 2020 

This edition includes connections to a variety of in-language advice and information on the COVID-19 epidemic and the impact it is having on multicultural communities in the Eastern Region.

eNews No. 1 – 2 March 2020 

This edition includes details on the Refugee Sponsorship Reform Program pushed by Monash Council, an explanation of the Community Development Fund conducted by Knox Council and the Monthly Actions from The Refugee Council of Australia’s #YearofWelcome.