The Filipino Australian Association of Ballarat was established in 1988 by a group of Filipino and Australian families. Our aims are to promote friendship, preserve the Filipino culture, welcome and support newly arrived Filipino migrants. We are actively involved in the Community of the Central Highlands Region and perform cultural activities in various places to other welfare or not-for-profit organisations.
At the same time a Filipino Radio Program was established in Ballarat Community Radio (Voice FM 99.9 formerly 3 BBB FM). The program extends a voluntary service to the Filipino Community by playing a variety of music, reading poems and stories, providing local and national information and news from the Philippines. The program aims to assist Filipino families living in rural areas to be informed of the support and services, social activities and maintain cultural links with other Filipinos. the program is still aired every Saturday at Voice FM from 3 – 5 pm. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of all the previous host volunteers and to Ms Marilou Gradkowski, who kept the program going.
The Association was incorporated in 1992. Membership has continually increased, with most coming from Ballarat, Beaufort, Ararat, Stawell, Maryborough and Melbourne.
We have a very strong network with the Filipino Social Club of Loddon Campaspe, Filipino Social Club of Geelong, Bendigo Filipino Australian Association, and Centre for Philippine Concerns – Australia, Filipino Community Council of Victoria, Carmel Welsh Presbyterian Church and local government and organizations. FAABI is also a member of the Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council (BRMC). The association is now one of the largest cultural groups in the Central Highlands Region.
Our participation in the community is very strong. Throughout the years we have continually joined and supported the City of Ballarat and most of the local community events and initiatives. FAABI’s contribution has been recognised, awarded and acknowledged by the community and event organisers. The Association has been highly acknowledged that in 1999 they received a gift from the City of Ballarat the “Rizal Park”.
We also would like to extend our thank and gratitude to the City of Ballarat, Victorian Multicultural Commission, Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council, to all local businesses, community groups and agencies, state and federal government departments for supporting FAABI all through these years.