Whilst the numbers for migrants & refugees in the Bega Valley Shire are relatively small, the limited access to support services led Bega Valley Shire Council to apply for funding to deliver support services to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) residents.
The 2006 Census showed that 4% of the Bega Valley Shire population or 1240 residents were from CALD backgrounds, with the most prevalent CALD groups at the time being German, Dutch, South African, Filipino and Italian. The 2006 Census also established that 3500 residents or 11% of the population were born overseas.
This service is funded through the Community Relations Commission and the Queanbeyan Multilingual Centre supported by Department of Immigration & Citizenship through the Settlement Grants Program.
Information about the Bega Valley Settlement Support & Assistance for new arrivals can be obtained by contacting Yvi Hendeerson, Cooma Multicultural Centre on 0458 523 457 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and by post to 12 Mittagang Road, Cooma North
The Bega Valley Migrant and Multicultural Support Service is here to support the local CALD communities. We can help you access a number of services: