Charles has been appointed Co-Chair of the Chinese, Korean and Russian MCCs. The MCCs for these communities include leaders from key representative bodies, cultural and religious groups, and businesses.
"It is vital to have a strong and structured dialogue between the NSW Government and multicultural communities in NSW, and I am very pleased that these MCCs will further enable that dialogue," Minister Dominello said.
"The advice of the MCCs will be sought in developing policy relevant to the Citizenship and Communities portfolio, suggesting opportunities for leveraging cultural diversity for broader community benefit, and identifying areas for improvement in the delivery and communication of services to the Chinese Australian community in NSW.
"The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government aims for a relationship with multicultural communities that are based on substance. The creation of the MCCs shows that we approach our multicultural communities seriously and with respect," Minister Dominello said.
Charles said: "In March this year, many Strathfield residents from diverse heritages voted Liberal because we offered them our pledge to restore quality in service delivery and infrastructure provision, regardless of where you live or what your cultural heritage is. The Chinese, Korean and Russian MCCs, which I am honoured to co-chair, are part of maintaining our commitment to multicultural communities."
Mr Casuscelli said: "The MCCs are a critical component of having a serious, respectful and meaningful relationship with our multicultural communities. As co-chair of the Chinese, Korean and Russian MCCs, I look forward to their views and ideas, including on how to best recognise the contributions of Australians from diverse heritage to our society."
The initial group of Ministerial Consultative Committees will be officially launched on Friday, 25 November 2011 at NSW Parliament House. Further MCCs will be formed thereafter on the community's request.