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Cultural Historical Association of Rodriguans & Mauritians in Victoria Inc.

Melbourne Commonwealth Games 2006
Cocktail Party in honour of Mauritian athletes and officials

Your chance to welcome & farewell the athletes & delegates

Mr Eric Quevauvilliers, Honorary Consul for Queensland & Commonwealth Games Ambassador, with the support & assistance of a few clubs, community groups and individuals will be hosting a Cocktail Party on Friday 24 March 2006, from 6pm to 8.30pm at the Treacy Conference Centre, 126 The Avenue Parkville (see below for additional info about how to get there).

$20 per person, includes finger foods, beer, wines and soft drinks

Dress Code: After Five

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the athletes

Tickets are limited call now

Clency Lapierre: 

Ricardo Nankoo: 

Clifford Carosin; 

How to get there:

If guests are utilising public transport, Tram 19 runs frequently from the corner of Elizabeth Street and Flinders Street, Melbourne. The trip should take approximately 15 minutes to reach Tram Stop 16, which is the destination located on the corner of Royal Parade and Walker Street. From the tram stop it is a two-minute walk down Walker Street to the Conference Centre.

An alternative is to catch the Upfield Line train to Royal Park station. This service runs from all city stations every 20 minutes.

On weekdays between 7:30am and 6:30pm, up to 11-hour metre parking (plenty of) is available on The Avenue (Park side) and Walker Street at A$0.60 per hour. Please bring exact money for this purpose as meters do not give change and very limited change is available at Reception.

The Treacy Conference Centre is located 126 The Avenue, Parkville, near the corner of Royal Parade and Walker Streets.

Join us in Castlemaine on 11 March 2006

As part of the State Government’s initiative for Councils to adopt a second team for the 2006 Commonwealth Games, Mount Alexander Shire Council has adopted Mauritius as their second team. The aim of this program is to encourage communities to seize the chance to establish an ongoing cultural exchange, build on existing relationships, reflect and celebrate diversity and to find out about each other's culture.

As Mr. Madden said: “like all aspects of Getting Involved, adopting a second team is designed to build stronger communities by connecting people, whether they’re across the world or across the street”

As communicated earlier this month, Mount Alexander Shire Council is hosting a cultural event in Castlemaine on Saturday 11 March 2006. Due to circumstances beyond their control the council won't be holding a street party, however the following will take place :

A cultural exhibition from the end of February 2006 until the end of March 2006


Castlemaine Visitor Information Centre

Castlemaine Market Building,

44 Mostyn Street, Castlemaine

Fun-filled entertainment and sale of Mauritian food from 2 pm to 9 pm on Sat 11 March 2006


The Theatre Royal, c.1855,

Hargraves St, Castlemaine

This event will coincide with the Commonwealth Games, it will sure help us do all that has been said and more. We should also see this as a great opportunity for showcasing the cultural heritage of Mauritius and Rodrigues.

We would love you to join us in promoting our rich cultural heritage, building and strengthening community links with the friendly people of Castlemaine and surrounds, and the many visitors who will spend their long weekend in the region.

You can drive there


you can catch one of the two buses that will be made available on Sat 11 March 2006

Details are as follows:

Depart: Menzies Hall, Menzies Avenue, Dandenong at 10.00 am

Return: Castlemaine between 8 pm and 9 pm

Thanks to the grants received from the State Government of Victoria and The Victorian Multicultural Commission, in a collaborative effort, the Mount Alexander Shire Council and CHARM Vic will subsidise the cost of transport to and from Dandenong/Castlemaine.

Your contribution: $10 per adult and $5 per child under 16 (A savings of close to $15 pp)

Seats are limited, don't miss out on this great opportunity, call us to book now.

All bookings and payment need to be made by Thursday 2 March 2006

Call Clency or Liseby on , Patricia on 

The C.H.A.R.M Committee

For more information about the region and other events please visit http://www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au

Mauritius and Rodrigues at Castlemaine on 11 March 2006

As part of the State Government’s initiative for Councils to adopt a second team for the 2006 Commonwealth Games, Mount Alexander Shire Council has adopted Mauritius as their second team. This is seen as a great opportunity for showcasing the cultural diversity of our small island.

Mount Alexander Shire Council is hosting a cultural event in Castlemaine on Saturday 11 March 2006 in the form of a street party, cultural exhibition and sale of Mauritian food. This event will coincide with the Commonwealth Games and also help us celebrate our National Day.

They are seeking Mauritian/Rodriguan bands and entertainers to perform at this cultural event. They are also looking for artists to display their paintings, sculptures or other crafts. The display will be held in the historic Castlemaine Market Building.

Don't miss out on this great opportunity to showcase your cultural heritage and your talents whilst helping us promote our culture, build and strengthen community links with the friendly people of Castlemaine.

Please call Clency or Liseby Lapierre on  or Patricia Kimtia on  to discuss this matter or contact Lincoln Fitzgerald, Recreation Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council at l.fitzgerald@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

More information about the Mount Alexander Shire Council can be found at www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

Commonwealth Games Initiative - "Adopt a Second Team" program

" Mount Alexander has adopted Mauritius…….an opportunity for great exchanges of information and culture..." (Mr Bob Cameron, Commonwealth Games Minister - Tues 20 Sept 2005, Midland Express)

In response to the appeal made back in November and December 2005, we are pleased to advise that two groups responded and will now be showcasing our traditional dances during the Australia Day Celebration at Castlemaine. They are Les Petits Piments and Partaze Nou Kiltir.

On Thursday 26th of January 2006, the official Mount Alexander Shire 2006 Australia Day Celebrations will be held in Victory Park Castlemaine. The day will begin with a free breakfast at 8:00am before official proceedings begin at 9:00am. See program below. Other unofficial small scale local celebrations will be held at Harcourt, Maldon and Newstead." Source: http://www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/

This year’s guest speaker will be well known television and radio personality Tonia Todman.

Please join us for this community building event to show your support and meet the friendly people of Castlemaine.

For more information about the Mount Alexander Shire Council please visit http://www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/

Stay tuned for future updates and events related to this program.




8.45am Dancers to arrive at Victory Park (Cnr. of Barker St. and Forest St. Castlemaine) and will be greeted by Barry Palmer, Chairperson of the Mount Alexander Shire Australia Day Committee.

9.00am Call to Order by Town Crier Don Latimer.

9.03am Acknowledgement of Country on behalf of Jaara Jaara

9.10am Welcome speech by Barry Palmer, Master of Ceremonies.

9.12am Call to Order by Town Crier, Don Latimer.

  • With the assistance of the Harcourt Guides.
  • Les Vearing to raise the Australian Flag. (Citizen of the Year 2005)
  • Castlemaine Highland Pipe Band to lead Advance Australia Fair.
  • Justin Weston to raise the State Flag. (Young Citizen of the Year 2005)
  • Aboriginal Flag to be raised by Jaara Jaara representative.

9.18am Australia Day prayer delivered by Ken Parker

9.20am Performance by Mauritian Dancers - Les Petits Piments

9.30am Town Crier Don Latimer introduces guest speaker Tonia Todman

9.32am Address by Australia Day Ambassador, Tonia Todman

9.42am Representative of Woolworth’s to speak and present

Ambassador Pin to Tonia Todman

9.45.am Awards presented by Tonia Todman

Community Event of the year –

  • Citizen of the Year – Awarded by the Mayor of the Mount Alexander Shire.
  • Young Citizen of the Year – Awarded by Justin Weston
  • Community Service Award -

9.55am Mayors speech on the past years achievements within the Mount Alexander Shire.

10.am Citizenship Ceremony conducted by the Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire Council

10.10am Performance by Rodriguan Dancers – Partaze Nou Kiltir

Program close.

Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games

The Mount Alexander Shire Council has adopted Mauritius as part of the Adopt a second Team initiative for the Games.

They are keen to host many activities and have asked us to seek expressions of interest from members of the community for the following:

Traditional dance performers

Anyone willing to participate and be involved in showcasing the diverse aspects of Mauritian & Rodriguan culture and building relationships with the people of Castlemaine and Maldon?

Interested to contribute and to be part of this exciting once in a lifetime experience!

“First in first served”

For more Information

Email: secretary@charm.org.au
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