22 August 2017

Hon Julie Bishop MP: Today I announce the recipients of 20 new grants funded by the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR).

The CAAR grants program supports projects that build a greater awareness of each other’s culture and celebrate and strengthen links between Australia and the Arab world. This round of grants totals over $400,000 and supports the Australian Government’s economic and public diplomacy agenda.

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 to send life-saving and swimming specialists to Bahrain to build local capacity in life-saving and swimming programs; and
  • 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.

More information about the CAAR, the grants program and the full list of successful grant recipients can be found on the CAAR web page: www.dfat.gov.au/caar.