The Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, has announced 20 new projects funded by the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR). The CAAR grants program supports projects that celebrate and strengthen links between Australia and the Arab world.
Successful grant proposals include:
- An exhibition of manuscripts and paintings by renowned Lebanese author and painter Kahlil Gibran at the Immigration Museum in Melbourne.
- Deakin University hosting a delegation of Tunisian youth leaders, who will meet experts on Australia’s democratic parliamentary system, and make field visits to Australian political and electoral institutions.
- The Walkley Foundation hosting a delegation of five Kuwaiti journalists, who will visit Australia to research and undertake interviews, before producing stories on their experiences. The journalists will also build a network of contacts and sources for ongoing reporting.
- Life Saving Victoria sending lifesaving and swimming specialists to Bahrain to build local capacity in lifesaving and swimming programs.
- Lebanese NRL coaches and match officials travelling to Sydney to participate in a series of placements with NRL clubs, the NSWRL Academy, the NRL Bunker, as well as technical educator courses on coaching and match officiating.
- Journalism study tours to Qatar and Jordan for undergraduate students from the University of Canberra and the University of Adelaide, and a study tour to Jordan for masters students from the University of Technology Sydney. The students will visit a number of broadcast studios, undertake interviews and produce articles for publication across a range of platforms.
Media release: Council for Australian-Arab Relations grants