Marie Bonne

Business opportunities presented by Bendigo’s growing and changing multicultural communities will be the focus of a Reaching New Markets forum on Wednesday.

Rural Australians for Refugees Bendigo spokesperson Marie Bonne said banks, real estate agencies, pharmacies and legal practices were some of the businesses playing important roles in helping migrants settle in Bendigo.

“The Reaching New Markets forum will provide business owners with an insight into Bendigo’s new migrant communities from Bendigo Community Health Services cultural diversity and relationships manager Kaye Graves and City of Greater Bendigo strategic engagement officer Nate Perry,” Ms Bonne said.

“Bendigo pharmacist Emily Roberts and real estate property manager Janelle Stevens will talk about the opportunities working with new migrant communities have provided for their

“A discussion panel facilitated by Linto Thomas from Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services will focus on the effective use of interpreters with first-hand experiences from an interpreter, business and migrant.”

Ms Bonne said translating and Interpreting Service representative Paul Ryan would run a short workshop on how to use interpreters to cover legal and medical responsibilities with attendees to view a live interpreting session.

“Forum attendees will enjoy delicious food provided by Afghan and Karen community caterers and receive a detailed information pack for future reference,” Ms Bonne said.
Reach New Markets will be held in the reception room at the council offices in Lyttleton Terrace from 6pm to 7.30pm on Wednesday, June 27. People wishing to attend should RSVP through Reaching New Markets by Monday, June 25.