Ballarat was put in the spotlight at an international conference looking at new thinking on migration from the world’s leading experts.
The International Metropolis Conference was held in Sydney last week, where the world’s leading experts including academic, government and community leaders discussed migration, diversity and integration.
Ballarat was represented at the conference with the presentation of the paper How to make a place for welcoming: mille feuille placemaking in Ballarat.
The authors were Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council executive officer Ann Foley, who attended the conference, along with Ammon Beyerle from the University of Melbourne.
“Metropolis is a conference that addresses in some depth the challenges of migration and settlement across the world and really grapples with the challenges of creating diverse liveable spaces,” Ms Foley said.
“We were interested in the perspective from Ballarat, which is a refugee welcome zone and which is an intercultural city. Our paper was looking at the last two years of consulting community and experimenting with creating a welcome place.”
Ms Foley said she also took a lot away from other talks and discussions at the conference, which she described as a very positive and constructive engagement with the challenges of migration.
“A message we took away from the conference from listening to delegates and experts around the world is that there is best practice and there is a different approach in different places in the world to settlement and migration to supporting people,” she said.
Now the international and domestic delegates from the conference will share their experiences and discuss best practices in public policy, research and civil society with their Victorian counterparts in Melbourne along with a short visit to Ballarat on Wednesday.
Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council will host the Liveable Diversity Regional Roundtable at the Ballarat Welcome Centre from 11am.
The event will put the regional spotlight on Western Victoria and include facilitated conversations with guests and a tour of Ballarat for the delegates.
If anyone is interested in the Ballarat event they should contact the Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council office by close of business on Tuesday, but there are limited places.
Following the Ballarat event, there will be a liveable diversity summit held at the Immigration Museum in Melbourne on Friday.