Muslim Community Grants Released
Grants recipients, Halim Rane of Griffith University and Yassmin Abdel-Magied of Al-Nisa, with Minister Stephen Robertson
The Department of Multicultural Affairs Minister Chris Cummins today announced more than $160,000 for fifteen projects promoting interaction and understanding between Muslim and non Muslim Queenslanders.
Mr Cummins said 34 applications were received in the first round of the Beattie Government’s Muslim Community Grants program, reflecting significant interest and concern within the Muslim and broader community about matters including: high rates of Muslim community unemployment; identity and integration; the impact of the media; and, the importance of supporting young people.
“We have provided funding for 12 small scale community projects and three major research projects that we expect to influence future policy development,” he said.
“It’s great to see a good spread of projects across the state, including activities in the Brisbane area, Central Queensland, Mackay, Wide Bay, Toowoomba and Townsville.”
Mr Cummins said the Muslim Community Grants program was part of the $700,000 Muslim Community Engagement Strategy, announced by Premier Beattie in September last year.
Of the Al-Nisa project, State Member for Stretton, Stephen Robertson MP, said:
"The AL-Nisa Youth Group project will develop a mobile exhibition showcasing the contributions of Islam as a civilization to modern society. The focus will be on the contribution of Islam as a culture and civilization, not on Islam as religion.
“Photographs, artifacts and documents outlining the contribution of Islamic thought to fields of human development such as maths, medicine, poetry, and science will be collated and made available for public display in schools, libraries and other facilities.
Mr. Robertson said, “the development of the display material will provide a useful vehicle to promote informed discussion about and knowledge of the contribution of Islam to contemporary society and will help break down misconceptions and stereotypes that have sometimes characterized public debate.”
The complete list of successful applicants were:
Queensland University of Technology Centre for Social Change Research
Engaging Queensland Community: a strategy for reducing unemployment among Queensland's Muslims
The research project will explore the incidence of high rates of unemployment in the Queensland Muslim population and examine the issues identified.
Northey Street City Farm Association
Food & Cultures
This project will connect the Muslim community with the broader Brisbane community through an established volunteer program to share information and skills on growing, harvesting and cooking food.
Griffith University - Griffith Islamic Research Unit
The Impact of Media Representations on the Understanding of Islam and Attitudes toward Muslims in Queensland
The research is to gain insights into the effects of media representations on the understanding of Islam and attitudes towards Muslims among Queenslanders. The objective is to identify the dominant media sources that shape the understanding of Islam, analyse content and the effects of media representations on the understanding of Islam and produce recommendations for policy-makers.
Somali Women's Association of Queensland
Showing and Sharing
Four workshops for parents and friends will be held at Mount Gravatt State School. Somali parents will exchange recipes with the other parents in the school and with the help of trained chefs, shown how to prepare the recipes.
Queensland I-Care Association
This project will stage a women’s fashion parade. With some people calling for a ban of the hijab and the suggestion that the Muslim garb is confronting, it is time that Muslim women showcase their many modes of dress from different cultural backgrounds.
AL-Nisa' Youth Group
HADARAH: Contributions of the Islamic Civilisation to Society
This project will develop a mobile exhibit that showcases the contributions of Islam as a civilisation (not as a religion) to our modern society. The exhibit will be placed in public places, including schools and regional areas to raise awareness of the general public about Islamic contributions in fields such as medicine, mathematics and science.
Islamic Society of Mackay
Muslim Multicultural Event – ‘Getting to know Islam and Muslims Better’
This multicultural event will gather people from all communities and ethnic backgrounds to promote awareness of Muslim culture, encourage participation and foster understanding and acceptance between the local community and the Islamic Society of Mackay.
Crescents Community News (CCN)
This project will see the development and maintenance of an electronic newsletter to embrace a wider audience and demonstrate the important role that the Muslims of Queensland are playing in Australian society.
Central Queensland University - School of Nursing and Health Studies
Identity and Self-Perception among Young Muslim people in Brisbane, Rockhampton and Mackay.
This project will explore the identity and self-perception of young Muslim people to help better understand some of the experiences and realities of young people in their environment. Objectives are to explore the identity of young Muslims, describe their social, cultural, political and structural environments, identify, review and discuss the relevant literature of Australian/Queensland-based academic and policy documents and develop a model of action and response to guide policy makers and practitioners.
Islamic Society of Central Queensland
Inter-Faith Community Project
This project consists of a creative workshop, lectures and a question-answer session. The target group will include the different faith groups of Central Queensland.
Islamic Information Service of Cooloola
Celebration of Understanding
This project will bring together members of Gympie's community and the newly-formed regional Muslim Community Group.
University of Southern Queensland Multicultural Centre
Islamic Centre Open Day: Working Together Towards Harmony
This project includes the organisation of an Open Day at the Islamic Centre on campus at the University of Southern Queensland.
Migrant Resource Centre Townsville-Thuringowa
'Youths - Agents of Change' Camp
This camp is for Muslim and other youth and will include workshop sessions, rehearsals and a theatrical performance. Participation of Muslim youth in this camp with children of many different backgrounds will promote interaction and understanding.
Fraser Coast Cultural Consultative Group
Muslim Building Our Communities
This project will promote interaction and understanding between Muslim and non-Muslim Queenslanders through a series of workshops/community events in regional centres in Wide Bay.
Islamic Association of Lutwyche
Mosque Open Day
This event will feature mosque tours, information talks, question and answer sessions, displays of Islamic posters, free Islamic literature and a BBQ lunch for visitors.