Increasing multiculturalism in Mildura
Two years ago on one of my last visits to Mildura, I noticed there was a growing turkish population (by the Turkish Social Club rooms in town and also the many souvlaki shops) but apart from that, I felt it was lacking in multiculturalism and was more just a typically
'aussie' town, as many places this far off the beaten track are.... this trip I was really surprised, to notice African people in the street and several other nationalities, and I noticed the city had a Vietnamese restaurant for the first time.
I paid a visit to the Mildura Library and visitor centre, and came across a huge flag display, one flag for each country now represented by the people living in Mildura... at least 30 different countries, as diversely different as Turkey, Samoa, Africa, Iran, Vietnam and more.
For Mildura's ethnic diversity to have increased so much so rapidly, I believe they must successfully be taking part in the government's Regional Migration scheme (where it is made slightly easier for internationals to relocate to a regional area of Australia where there are skill shortages, if those internationals agree to work in that rural area for at least 2-3 years, after which time they have a greater chance of receiving a permanent residency visa.... I don't understand the whole scheme, but if you're interested, have a look on the Australian DIMIA (Department of Immigration) website.
Sweetberry's Mildura Page
Mildura is one of Victoria's lovliest regional cities.. Located in the far north west, on the famous Murray River, aproximately 540 kl from Melbourne... (about a 6 hour drive).
Mildura has always been a very popular tourist destination, the Murray River, the Wineries, and the enormous fruit growning industry, and ofcourse the warm stable climate.. are the biggest drawcards. But there are many other reasons why people love to visit this unique and beautiful city.
The Outback.. the several National Parks.. the Riverland region of Renmark and Berri.. and the town of Wentworth, in NSW, where the Murray River meets the Darling River, which is Australia's longest river.. And the Outback mining town of Broken Hill, is just a 3 hour drive from here. Just to mention a few.
The Mildura region got it's start in the late 1800's, when Alfred Deakin, (who later became the Prime Minister of Australia).. invited the Chaffey brothers, from Canada, to share their experience with irrigation, and from this grew the enormous agricultural wealth of the region today.
"The Murray River"
The Murray River is a big part of Mildura's appeal for visitors, and offers a large selection of activities, and water sport.
There are Paddle Steamers, dinner cruises on the river, river tours of some of the wineries, Houseboats, and many other water activities.. skiing, fishing, and swimming. Or you can enjoy some time just laying on the beach.
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