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The Bulgarian Community and Culture Association "Rodina" is the focal point for Bulgarians and the Bulgarian culture in Sydney and New South Wales.  We organise regular BBQs, dances and social events as well as support the Bulgarian School in Sydney.  Our community includes people with Bulgarian heritage, partners of Bulgarians and people interested in the Bulgarian Culture.  As part of Multi-Cultural Australia we aim to contribute and enrich its diverse culture.  We also provide orientation and help for Bulgarians newly arrived in Sydney and New South Wales.

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Bulgaria Govt to Spend BGN 1 M on Electric Cars for Civil Servants
Wednesday, 25th November 2015

Some BGN 1 M will be spent on electric cars for civil servants working in the state and municipal administration, Bulgaria's Environment Minister Ivelina Vasileva said on Wednesday.

In an interview with private national bTV station, she opined the move would set an example for citizens to follow.

Bulgaria has traditionally ranked among Europe's worst air polluters, and several governments have maintained that incentives for the use of e-cars will help deal with the problem. 


Bulgaria's Cultural Sector Workers to Protest Against Insufficient Funding
Tuesday, 24th November 2015

Workers at museums, galleries and municipal libraries will stage protests across Bulgaria on Tuesday against the insufficient funding allocated to the cultural sector.

They will protest against the systematic underfunding of the cultural heritage and the inadequate remuneration of employees in the cultural sector.

The protesters invite citizens to join their day of discontent by offering free admission to certain cultural institutions, staging processions and other activities.

The protesters will be supported by the officials of the National Library, who have scheduled their own demonstration to take place on December 10.

According to the workers, the funds foreseen in the 2016 budget are less than what is necessary for switching to the system of delegated budgets in state museums.

Among their demands are: increasing the basic sums paid by the state; directing BGN 4 M towards regional libraries through municipalities; allocating additional funds to the outdoor areas of cultural institutions; increasing the salaries of specialists, who are currently being paid BGN 400-550, by 50 %.

Specialists warn that without fulfilling these conditions, the museums and galleries will be no longer able to safeguard the cultural heritage.

Most of the workers in the cultural sector will protest symbolically or during their lunch breaks.

The National Historical Museum (NIM) has declared an “open door day” on Tuesday, with workers going to explain to visitors their activities and their working conditions.

Writers, readers and workers will organize a large-scale protest reading at the stairs of the Sofia library on Slaveikov square.

Between 12 and 13 EET, the workers are expected to hold a protest at the staff entrance of the building of parliament.

Out of 3000 people working in the cultural sector, more than 2200 have confirmed their participation in the protests.

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The Bulgarian Cultural and Social Association "Rodina" promotes Bulgarian culture, traditions and language among the Bulgarian community in NSW.  For over 30 years we have been fostering knowledge and understanding about the Bulgarian culture and history by organising social events, forums, exhibitions, performances and other public initiatives.  We seek to strengthen the social, economic, educational and cultural ties between Australia and Bulgaria.  Therefore, maintaining a close relationship with Australian organisations and institutions in Australia is of significant importance to us.  As part of Multi-Cultural Australia we aim to contribute and enrich its diverse culture.  Rodina collaborates and co-operates with other Bulgarian and cultural organisations in Australia.