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Regional Communities Award: Lulu Tantos

Regional Communities Award: Lulu Tantos

Lulu Tantos is the CEO of Northern Settlement Services (NSS), the leading regional multicultural organisation in the northern area of NSW. Ms Tantos has been actively involved in the settlement of migrants and refugees in the Hunter, Central Coast and New England regions of NSW for 25 years, administering projects and coordinating NSS’s expanding activities. Ms Tantos’ visionary work has taken place outside the traditional parameters of multiculturalism, and has extended NSS support services into areas of regional NSW, where migrants can often feel isolated and disconnected. A strong advocate for marginalised groups and the promotion of access and equity and social justice, Ms Tantos actively participates in relevant forums, responding to government policy on humanitarian issues through advocacy, consultative processes and submissions. She has forged excellent relationships between NSW Police and the migrant sector, to help respond quickly to issues that arise for migrant and refugee communities. Ms Tantos is currently one of two NSW representatives on the Settlement Council of Australia Executive. She was recently appointed to the DHS National Multicultural Advisory Group and is heavily involved with her local Greek community.