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Symbol of culture

Monday, 15th April, 2013

Chairman of the Multicultural Community Relations Commission Stepan Kerkyasharian held a meeting at the City Council Chambers yesterday. Chairman of the Multicultural Community Relations Commission Stepan Kerkyasharian held a meeting at the City Council Chambers yesterday.

By Erica Visser

The Chair of the visiting Multicultural Community Relations Commission has described Broken Hill as a symbol of multiculturalism.

The Commission held its monthly meeting in the city's Council Chambers yesterday and visited a number of other locations during a two day stay including the Migrant Museum, Synagogue and the Mosque.

Chairman Stepan Kerkyasharian said that the commission travelled to Broken Hill because it needed to "get out where the people are and not just sit in an office in Sydney."

"Broken Hill is a very interesting place and a key example of what multiculturalism is," he said.

"If you look at people years ago during the mining boom there were different backgrounds, ethnicities and languages spoken but none of that mattered, they focussed on getting the job done."

City Council held a Civic Reception at the Regional Art Gallery on Thursday night.

The commission assisted in the publication of the Broken Hill mining history The Richest Lode, by RJ Soloman.

Mr Kerkyasharian said that he last visited with the commission six years ago.

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