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MULTILINGUAL SERVICE
 
 

ACHIEVEMENT: The City of Melbourne, as the second most culturally diverse city on the planet, provides a multi-lingual service to its citizens.

TARGET DATE: July 2002 PROGRESS: Achieved.

DESCRIPTION: A presumption that not all our citizens are from English speaking backgrounds, means that multi-lingual information should be provided to guide non-English speaking people to a service that allows the information they need to be provided in a language familiar to them.

Fiona Reidy, while an employee of the City of Melbourne prompted me to pursue the provision of a multi-lingual service. With her help, and the support of her Department, the City of Melbourne began a more comprehensive approach to providing multi-lingual services. Prior to this [2000] the City of Melbourne had provided limited information and no service itself for non-English speaking people.

FURTHER INFORMATION: A former Melbourne City Council staff member, Fiona Reidy, was the driving force behind this idea. She has since moved to work with Moonee Valley Council.

 

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23 April 2017: Only those who decline to scramble up the career ladder are interesting as human beings. Nothing is more boring than a man with a career: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918 -1956.

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