Today we acknowledged the incredible work and contributions that went into the Marrickville Welcome Dinner last Saturday night at Marrickville Town Hall.
Ms JENNY LEONG (Newtown) [1.21 p.m.]: I draw the attention of members to the incredible work and contributions that went into the Marrickville Welcome Dinner last Saturday night at Marrickville Town Hall. I had the pleasure of joining the welcome dinner and meeting Penny Elsley, founder of the Welcome Dinner Project, supported by many wonderful volunteers. Hundreds of members of our local community, including recently and not-so-recently arrived refugees, my dinner dates Greens Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore and Ben Spies Butcher, along with many other mums, dads, kids and long-term refugee advocates and community leaders, all came together to share a meal.
The hall was buzzing with a community that clearly wanted to show that it welcomes refugees, asylum seekers and new migrants with open arms. Aunty Jenny welcomed the guests and joined in the celebration. The welcome dinner project is a simple yet powerful concept. Everyone brings a plate, shares a meal and connects with others, creating a way for people of diverse cultures who are living in close proximity to one another to connect. I encourage all members of this place to consider supporting this inspiring project in their own communities.