The West is Australia’s home of welcoming communities.
Since the Second World War, waves of migrants and refugees have arrived and settled in Footscray. Initially coming from Europe and the Americas to find a better life, by 1966 almost a third of the local population was born overseas. By the 1980s the area became the prime for the settlement of refugees, particularly from Indochina, the Middle East and Central and South America. More recent arrivals include people from the Horn of Africa and the former Republic of Yugoslavia.
The migrant and refugee population now spreads far and wide across Melbourne’s west to bring vibrancy to Sunshine, Caroline Springs Melton, Werribee and all the suburbs in between.
The Western Bulldogs Football Club (formerly the Footscray Football Club) has been here for over 140 years and recognises and celebrates the cultural diversity of the west, creating a sense of belonging and community.
Welcome to the West: Refugee Week Intercultural Panel Discussion
Thursday 18th June
4.30pm – 5.15pm
Melbourne’s West is known as Australia’s home of welcoming communities. The Western Bulldogs are not only here for fans of football, but also to welcome new friends and contribute to the West’s pride in creating a sense of belonging and community.
To celebrate Refugee Week, we invite you to join a free online panel event where we will discuss how the role of sport can assist with the settlement of newly arrived people and enhancing social cohesion.
Guest panellists include Western Bulldogs AFL player, Buku Khamis, CEO of Centre for Multicultural Youth, Carmel Guerra and past participant of Daughters of the West and Community Foundation volunteer, Quyen Tran.