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A taste of region’s diversity

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It’s been a “labour of love”, but a new café in Waratah is ready to serve up a taste of the region’s diversity.

Hunter Multicultural Communities (HMC) will celebrate the project’s completion with an Open Day on Monday 4 March.

Business development manager, Jason Scriven, said the café would provide ethnic and multicultural flavours from around the world.

“There will be a themed day once a week – it might be Italian one week and then Polish another,” he said.
“The café is a perfect opportunity to showcase some of the work we do in the community.
“It was a real labour of love for me, it was the first big project in my position here and I nurtured it from start to finish.
“We got local schools involved as well and tried to make it a real community project.”

Apart from the café, the project included a professional mural, whereby local artists worked with art groups from Callaghan College, Waratah, to produce a multicultural-themed artwork.

HMC, a non-profit organisation that supports established, new and emerging multicultural communities in the Hunter Region, won a federal grant in September 2018 for the café’s construction.

It also gained funding to keep bees and chickens on the premises as part of its extended community garden program.

Other services offered by the HMC include aged care, health and wellbeing centres; education and awareness; social support and friendship groups; a men’s shed; and community development.

The Open Day is expected to be attended by the likes of Newcastle federal and state MPs, Sharon Claydon and Tim Crakanthorp, lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes, and Newcastle City District Police Commander, Brett Greentree.

It will take place at 2a Platt Street, Waratah, from 10am.

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