The Australasian Muslim Times was recognised as a nominee for exceptional project of the year within a non-profit organisation at the 8th annual Western Sydney Community Forum ZEST Awards on Friday 16 February at ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park.

NSW Premier Gladys Berijiklian with presenter Chris Bath at the ZEST Awards

NSW Premier, Gladys Berijiklian said in her Patron’s message

“Each year, the ZEST awards showcase inspiring success stories across the dynamic Western Sydney region. The breadth and depth of this year’s nominees is a clear demonstration of the terrific talent and skill here in Western Sydney.”

The Premier congratulated all the nominees for the success they have achieved.

“The finalists we are honouring tonight demonstrates true motivation and inspiration,” she said.

The Western Sydney Community Forum started the ZEST awards 8 years ago to celebrate the innovative and inspiring successes that define and distinguish our communities.

“The quality of the ZEST nominations this year attest not only to a thriving region and community sector, but also to the strength of the communities in Western Sydney.”

The Australasian Muslim Times is a multicultural multiplatform newspaper run by Seena Incorporated, serving a diverse multicultural, and multifaith audience.

With a monthly newspaper, frequent Website updates with the latest news together with photos and videos and upcoming community events. Periodic Email Newsletters, Social Media, and mass distribution.

Australasian Muslim Times seeks to address the lack of diversity in the Australian Media landscape through presenting news and views from an Islamic perspective, breaking down stereotypes and engaging with the wider community, as well as serving the needs of the Muslim community, whose first language is English.

AMUST  not only gives a voice to those who lack representation in mainstream media, it also promotes dialogue, freedom of expression, inclusivity, appreciation, and acceptance.

The project provides social services for the wider community, for example; developing media skills amongst people with a disability, and empowering women and people from diverse backgrounds and establishing multimedia enterprises to provide expression of ideas, and the exchange of information and entertainment, as well as being a platform for ethical learning, and teaching.

Some examples of this include the exchange of skills within the administration, accounting, and technology amongst individuals and other organisations.