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Greater Dandenong Multicultural Advisory Committee

The Greater Dandenong Multicultural Advisory Committee established in April 2017 to strengthen community relationships and to increase collaboration with multicultural communities. The efforts of this Committee will contribute to community wellbeing, harmony and prosperity of Greater Dandenong.


The objectives of the Greater Dandenong Multicultural Advisory Committee are to:

  • Provide advice to Council on its policies, plans and services that impact our multicultural communities
  • Consider and provide advice on key Government initiatives, issues, programs and reviews
  • Raise awareness of the issues impacting people from a multicultural background
  • Provide a medium that supports social interaction and capacity building amongst people from a multicultural background
  • Consider funding and other opportunities as they may arise
  • Celebrate and raise awareness of the achievements of multicultural communities


Greater Dandenong Multicultural Advisory Committee members were appointed by the Council in February 2017. Members have been appointed by a selection panel based on the Terms of Reference.

The Advisory Committee include:

City of Greater Dandenong councillors

  • Cr Roz Blades AM
  • Cr Youhorn Chea
  • Cr Matthew Kirwan
  • Cr Zaynoun Melhem
  • Cr Maria Sampey
  • Cr Heang Tak
  • Cr Loi Truong

Multicultural community leaders

  • Ms Sajda Yasmin Yakub
  • Mr Kadira Pethiyagoda
  • Mr Ali Yaghobi
  • Mr Yusuf Abubakar

Representatives from local organisations and agencies

  • Ms Helen Health OAM, Greater Dandenong Interfaith Network 
  • Ms Ashleigh Newnham, Springvale Monash Legal Service 
  • Ms Vikki Noisette (Home), Dandenong West Primary School
  • Ms Katina Nomikoudis, Life Without Barriers

A senior officer from the Community Services Directorate



Meetings of this Advisory Committee in 2018 will be held quarterly in:

  • February
  • May
  • August
  • November 

Key Documents  

Relevant links

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If you would like to be added to our contact list for information about various multicultural activities and community forums, please provide the information below.