C9_BOR_MCD_Workshop_1_013Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka today reminded community members to have their say as part of the NSW Government’s consultation on early intervention programs to counter violent extremism.


Public submissions and community consultation will inform the scope and design of the new $4 million program to be implemented over the next two years.


Mr Ajaka said that New South Wales is home to people who have come from every corner of the world. Some have fled strife and conflict searching for peace, security, hope and opportunity.


“The last thing these communities want see is overseas extremist groups succeed in exporting their hate, violence and division to our young people,” Mr Ajaka said.


“These are complex and challenging issues, and there are no easy answers. As a Government we are approaching these consultations with an open mind and working together with our community.


“I have been very impressed with the work already going on in communities. Community leaders are confirming loud and clear that we want to protect our young people and protect our peaceful multicultural society.”


The NSW Government is engaging with the community to develop a program that will successfully build resilience, promote community harmony and social cohesion.


The closing date for submissions is 5pm Friday 14 August. The discussion paper and submission form can be downloaded from the Multicultural NSW and the ‘Have Your Say’ website All submissions are to be submitted via email to


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