Councillor Luise Elsing and Mayor Susan Wynne with #RacismNotWelcome signs
Woollahra Council has endorsed the Racism Not Welcome campaign, developed by the Inner West Multicultural Network. It seeks to acknowledge the existence of racism, validate people’s lived experiences of racism and normalise conversations about racism whilst promoting change.
We have installed twelve Racism Not Welcome street signs across our Municipality, one in each suburb and two additional signs in key locations.
The purpose of the signs is to start conversations about racism, and demonstrate that there is no place for racism in Woollahra or across Australia.
The street sign campaign complements additional work we are undertaking to tackle racism. We are also:
- Offering self-paced online Anti-Racism training developed by the Australian Human Rights Commission to the community. There are limited places available – please register your interest if you would like to participate.
- Promoting Reconciliation and our local Aboriginal heritage.
- Including an ‘Inclusion’ category in our Youth Photographic Award and Short Film Prize
We hosted a thought-providing Ideas Exchange online event on 23 September: Racism – Bridging Difference in a Pandemic World. You can watch this event below.
Racism in our community
Racism is an ongoing problem in Australia. Research published by the Asian-Australian Alliance with the Per Capita Thinktank has shown an increase in racism against people of Asian descent in Australia since Covid-19. We know Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders experience disproportionate discrimination, and that incidents of racism are underreported.
If you would like to learn more about racism, support those experiencing racism and become an anti-racist ally, find some resources below.
- Australian Human Rights Commission - Racism. It Stops With Me
- Australian Government – Help Stop Racism
- Asian-Australian Alliance
- Uluru Statement From The Heart – and listen to Wiradjuri academic Jennifer Newman as she unpacks aspects of the Uluru Statement and what it means for non-Indigenous Australians.
- Curated eResources that align with the Racism Not Welcome campaign put together by Woollahra Librarians from the adult and junior collections.
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