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.
Bega Multicultural Centre (BMC) is managed by Queanbeyan Multilingual Centre Inc which has provided support services to migrants & refugees settling in Queanbeyan and SE NSW region for over 40 years.
Services include direct one-to-one support, group sessions, life skills development, family relationship support, community activities including social, recreational and sports, as well as community development for communities.
BMC values the views and contributions of people and has initiated programs together with communities addressing unemployment, homelessness and isolation.
Bega Multicultural Centre manages migrant and refugee services in Bega and NSW Far Sth Coast.
Bega Multicultural Centre:
The Bega Multicultural Centre is here to support the local CALD communities. We can help you access a number of services: