Joe Cortis has lived in the western suburbs for almost seven decades. An advocate for bringing communities together, he spoke with Tate Papworth about multiculturalism and dance.

 

What’s your connection to Brimbank?

I have lived in the west for 67 years and proud of the connection. I wouldn’t live anywhere else.

 

What do you like best about it?

I love the western suburbs, the people. I just love it all. I could move away, but I love it here too much.

 

What could be done better?

I am of the opinion that not enough is done to create situations where our new immigrants can mix with each other and fellow Aussies and help with the difficulties of coming to a new country.

 

And you’re looking for ways to help with that?

Back in the ’60s and ’70s we used to have a parish ball, which was very successful. The main thing for me was that it got the community together. There were a lot of new Australians back then and people sort of kept to their own communities. The ball got everyone together and I’m looking to revive that.

 

What sort of crowd are you looking to attract?

I wanted to do something for the older community. There’s a lot of things around for the younger generation, but not as much for ours. Dinner dances aren’t around as much as they used to be. We’re happy to have all ages, but I’m thinking it’ll attract an older crowd.

 

What will the night look like?

The music will be from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. It’s a three course meal and a bit of fun.

 

And the money goes to a good cause?

I didn’t want to make any money out of it, so I decided to donate the money to Kids with Cancer Foundation. I looked around and the work they do is phenomenal. So if anyone is interested in coming, give me a call on 0458 948 766.