THERE might be a perception in some corners of the Clarence Valley that the multi-cultural communities that make up modern Australia are mainly found in cities like Melbourne or Sydney.
But that myth was dispelled yesterday as an array of national dishes from around the world spiced up the Clarence Valley Council's Grafton office on Harmony Day.
Members of the Aboriginal community were joined by former residents of Sudan, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, India and other nations to celebrate the national day.
Promoted as a day to recognise the benefits provided by Australia's rich cultural diversity, the Grafton function was the first in a two-day schedule of events that will encompass the entire Valley.
Yesterday's meeting also provided information to ethnic communities about how best to establish an incorporated association to gain government funding.