Chesters to celebrate multicultural Bendigo with Shadow Minister Rowland

Lisa Chesters MP is inviting residents to join Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism, Michelle Rowland MP, for lunch and a positive discussion about multiculturalism in Bendigo at the Golden Dragon Museum on Thursday 16 April.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for those interested in multiculturalism to share a dialogue with one of our very progressive Parliamentarians. Ms Rowland will deliver a keynote speech, which will be followed by a Q&A and a chance to share views on diversity in Bendigo,” said the Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters. 

A tour of the iconic Golden Dragon Museum will form part of Ms Rowland’s visit which also includes a roundtable with Bendigo Community Health’s Refugee Resettlement Program and a meeting with Muslim leaders at the site of the proposed mosque. 

“I’m delighted to welcome Ms Rowland to Bendigo. The visit will give her the chance to experience how our rich history of multiculturalism has shaped the character of Bendigo and made us the inclusive and progressive city we are today. 

“I look forward to taking Ms Rowland, as our Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism and Citizenship, to the proposed site of Bendigo’s first mosque. When it is completed this mosque will stand as a symbol of our community’s diversity and acceptance of people from all faiths and backgrounds. 

“I feel proud that our Council stood up to a small but vocal minority and approved plans for the mosque, so that Muslims in Bendigo can practice one of their rights of Australian citizenship – the right to freedom of religion,” said Ms Chesters. 

"Bendigo has harnessed its rich diversity for greater economic prosperity and social cohesion and I really look forward to visiting," said Ms Rowland.  

The lunch will be held on Thursday 16th of April from 12.00 to 1.30pm at The Golden Dragon Museum, 1-11 Bridge Street, Bendigo. There is no charge but numbers are limited so please RSVP early to lisa.chesters.mp@aph.gov.au or by calling 5443 9055