Goulburn gets the thumbs up from new migrant

BUSY PLACE: Goulburn Multicultural Centre manager Heni Hardi and Karen Feng at the centre last week when Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams.

BUSY PLACE: Goulburn Multicultural Centre manager Heni Hardi and Karen Feng at the centre last week when Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams.

It was fitting that when Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams was in Goulburn on July 10 that he stopped in at the Goulburn Multicultural Centre.

The centre is an active place with language and computer classes, information sessions and family activities.

One person who was at the minister’s visit was Karen Feng, who has recently arrived from China to live in Goulburn. In Beijing, Mrs Feng was an editor of the Journal of Population and Economics.

Mrs Feng said she had moved to Goulburn because her husband Simon Zhao had got a job on the Gullen Range Wind Farm.

“We are skilled immigrants. My husband works on the Gullen Range Wind Farm near Crookwell,” Mrs Feng said. 

“We moved our family here about 10 months ago. We are from Beijing and have been in Australia for 1.5 years.

“My children are attending Goulburn West Public School and also local playgroups. They are aged two and six. Everything is perfect. I am happy to settle down in rural Australia. It is an interesting experience for me to come from another country and settle here. 

“I have found Australians to be warm-hearted and happy to help and Goulburn is the perfect community. I came into the GMC office because a friend suggested it to me as a place to get help and get involved more in the community.”