Governor of NSW Marie Bashir was at Granville yesterday to officially open the new headquarters of the Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW.
More than 100 people attended from 11.30am, including MDAA staff, community members, Human Services Minister Marise Payne, Auburn MP and shadow Ageing and Disability Minister Barbara Perry, Granville MP Tony Issa, Fairfield MP Gaetano Zangari, assistant police commissioner Frank Menili and Rosehill police commander Scott Whyte.
A spokeswoman for the Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association (MDAA) said the association promotes, protects and secures the rights of people with disability and their families and carers with a particular focus on those from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD)/Non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB).
Since its establishment in 1995, MDAA has grown to include more than 500 members with various offices throughout NSW, including at Wollongong, Rockdale, Ultimo, Newcastle, Bega and Griffith.
MDAA's head office was previously based at Harris Park.
Through its advocacy work MDAA identifies entrenched and emerging issues impacting its consumers and lobbies at state and federal levels to help bring about positive reforms.
MDAA also holds regular consultations with the CALD/NESB community, government agencies, MPs and other disability service providers to identify and address systemic issues affecting its consumers.