Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network

We have a close partnership with the Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network (VLGMIN); a network for Victorian council staff interested in multicultural services and policy development. For almost 20 years, the VLGMIN has met regularly to:

  • share information, advice and contacts between councils
  • advocate on issues affecting multicultural communities and councils ability to address them
  • promote best practice
  • coordinate its annual forums.

Joining the VLGMIN provides opportunity to network with peers in similar positions across Victoria, share challenges and successes, help to find creative solutions and the chance to contribute to programming VLGMIN's annual forums.

VLGMIN Executive

The VLGMIN is coordinated by an Executive determined through an expression of interest process open to all VLGMIN members. We have fixed representation on the Executive. The current executive team was established in March 2018 and are:

  • Ross Barnett, Multicultural & Aboriginal Strategic Planner, Whittlesea City Council. Ph: 9217 2035
  • Frances Salenga, Coordinator Cultural Diversity, Ballarat City Council. Ph: 5320 5853
  • Veema (Doolaree) Mooniapah, Community Development Officer, Greater Geelong City Council. Ph: 5272 4840
  • Petr Svoboda, Diversity Planner, Maribyrnong City Council. Ph: 9688 0452
  • Essan Dileri, Intercultural Development Officer, Melton City Council. Ph: 9747 7206
  • Jac Torres-Gomez, Inclusive Communities Officer, City of Greater Bendigo. Ph: 5434 6473

2019 VLGMIN Forum: Hope for Harmony

A forum responding to racism and promoting community harmony at the local government level

On 26 September, the City of Bendigo is hosting the 2019 VLGMIN forum at The Capital, a grand, National Trust-listed Victorian era building, 50 View Street, Bendigo 3550 between 9.00am and 4.00pm on Thursday 26 September 2019.

We know that racism and discrimination have harmful effects on people and their ability to fully participate in society. The 2019 Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network (VLGMIN) Forum will explore how far we have progressed in our combined efforts to understand and respond to racism at the individual, community and local government levels.

The 2019 VLGMIN forum is designed to provide a safe environment where the local government sector can define the debilitating effects of racism and explore effective strategic action. Come along and learn, network, compare – we plan to make this forum interesting, informative with at least one surprise to stimulate you and we also hope to have a bit of fun during the day.

VLGMIN Welcoming Cities Project

Funded by the Scanlon Foundation and auspiced by Welcome to Australia, this 2017-18 project supported the VLGMIN’s knowledge of and potential commitment to Welcoming Cities. The Welcoming Cities Project Officer also developed an Outline of Welcoming Cities and Intercultural Cities (PDF - 513KB) to offer VLGMIN members (and councils in general) information about both initiatives.


Engage with us

VLGMIN Mailing List

The Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network (VLGMIN) aims to improve the access of culturally and linguistically diverse Victorians to the social, economic and political life where they live, and to enhance the inclusiveness of local government services. To receive invitations to upcoming meetings and relevant updates visit

2019 Meetings

Meetings to be held 1.00pm – 3.30pm Tuesdays at offices of the MAV, Level 11, 60 Collins St Melbourne.

  • 5 March
  • 7 May
  • 2 July
  • 27 August
  • 26 September (date of annual forum)
  • 12 November

Local government staff only, no need to RSVP or give apologies.

For general queries, contact Ross Barnett on 9217 2035.

If you have a topic or speaker you’d like considered for an agenda item, contact Frances Salenga on 5320 5853.