Harmony Week

Broken Hill City Library coordinator Tracey Fraser.PICTURE: Andrew Lodiong

The Broken Hill community will join the rest of Australia in celebrating Harmony Week.

Monday will mark the first of the seven-day occasion that aims to honour cultural diversity and encourage inclusiveness, respect, and a sense of belonging.

Tracy Fraser, coordinator of the local library, said their display that is full of different items was set up to promote Harmony Week’s goal.

“We have this small display to show what resources we have in the library,” she said.

“We also have a lot of resources online and a multicultural collection which has many languages as well for people to use.”

A dedicated display is put together every year and stocked with books that covers various topics like racism, refugees and family.

Mrs Fraser said the library is a place where everyone is welcome and invited community members and new residents to make use of the space.

“A library is free for all members of the community regardless of age, race, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status,” she said.

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“We would like people to be aware that the library is inclusive and hope we can serve the community.

“People that are new to our community can come in and participate in storytime and baby bounce programs and meet others.

“It’s a place for connectivity that I like to think that we offer.”

Last year, other events were held in the Far West to mark Harmony Week.

Menindee Central School made special memories when they hosted a multicultural celebration.

The day included performances like singing and dancing from the Fijian, Samoan and Aboriginal communities.

Lunch on the day was also organised for staff, students, and guests that featured food from various cuisines.

To learn more about Harmony Week and access resources, visit www.harmony.gov.au.

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