Multicultural March is a particularly exciting time for me as Minister for Multiculturalism. It is an opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate the rich cultural diversity of NSW. In NSW, we come from 307 ancestries, practice 146 religions and speak more than 215 languages. We are the sum total of every nationality in the world. This is the unique story we celebrate in March, particularly in the lead up to Harmony Day.

Ray Williams MP, Minister for Multiculturalism, Minister for Disability Services. Photo by Salty Dingo

Our cultural diversity is one of our greatest assets. Day in, day out, it delivers social, economic and societal benefits for all of us to enjoy. This month we recognise the community leaders, volunteers, advocates and media outlets who work hard to preserve their culture, keep their community informed and provide entertainment.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the unsung heroes of our state whose vital and often silent contribution helps progress Australia. The migrants working hard to evolve the education, health, infrastructure and entrepreneurial sectors. Your efforts do not go unnoticed by the NSW Government.

As the Minister for Multiculturalism, every week I attend a number of community festivals, events and gatherings that celebrate our diverse heritage and culture. At each of these events, I am inspired by the passion each community has to share their food, dance, music and cultural traditions, while also being deeply committed to Australia.

I encourage all members of our community to get involved in the celebrations this month and attend the numerous events and activities taking place. There is something for everyone to celebrate, from Parramasala in Parramatta to the Premier’s Harmony Dinner.

For me, Multicultural March is a time to reflect on just how lucky we are to live in the best place on earth.

Wishing you and your readers a Happy Multicultural March!