South Hurstville man honoured in Premier’s Multicultural Community Awards

South Hurstville’s Mohamed Hage has been honoured in Premier’s 2017 Multicultural Community Awards.

The Australian Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry NSW chairman, Mohamed Hage received the Multicultural Community Medal for Economic Participation from Premier Gladys Berejiklian at the annual Premier’s Harmony Dinner.

Mr Hage was singled out for using “his strategic vision and extensive networks to strengthen trade and investment between NSW and the Gulf Corporation Council region including the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait.”

Mr Hage has played a vital role in promoting bilateral trade and investment opportunities for companies looking to access NSW products and services.  His commitment has helped to show that NSW is an attractive investment destination. 

He was presented with his medal NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and internet entrepreneur, founder/CEO of Showpo Jane Lu.

In other awards, a volunteer organisation that established a solidarity walk confronting racism and

discrimination has received top honours at the 2017 Premier’s Harmony Dinner.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian presented the Stepan Kerkyasharian AO Harmony Award to the Moving Forward Together Association at an event at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.

“The Moving Forward Together Association is run by volunteers who devote their lives to promoting fairness, harmony and respect, and the annual Harmony Walk brings people from all walks of life together in spirit of unity and solidarity,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“I also congratulate all recipients of tonight’s Multicultural Community Medals for their dedicated work towards making our society more peaceful, tolerant and inclusive.”

Chair of the Association and Founder of the Harmony Walk Ernie Friedlandler OAM is a Holocaust survivor who received an Order of Australia medal in 2006 for leading projects to confront racism.

Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams said the Premier’s Harmony Dinner, now in its sixth year, is a celebration of NSW’s cultural diversity.

“The medallists recognised tonight are truly remarkable. They are the faces of the often unsung and humble work of members of our community,” Mr Williams said.

“This event showcases the very best of our society coming together.”