Council launches program to celebrate the region’s diversity
  • Tuesday 03 May 2016
ImageIn partnership with the multicultural sector, Sunshine Coast Council today (May 3) launched a state government funded region-wide program which will connect, share and discover the Coast’s rich culture and diversity.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said council’s 2015 Sunshine Coast Social Strategy provided a long-term social direction for the region which included a commitment to recognising the value and mix of people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

“Today’s launch of the Multicultural Conversations program is significant for many reasons,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Council wants to be sure that all Sunshine Coasters – no matter what their cultural background or circumstances – have the opportunity to be their best and to achieve social and economic prosperity.

“The Sunshine Coast is a dynamic and diverse society with many cultures, languages and religions. One community made up of 156 countries, 45 faiths and 96 languages.

“The region has a growing multicultural population with one in every five people born overseas. There is no doubt our people and their diversity contribute to the colourful social fabric of the Coast.

“The Multicultural Conversations program is an action from the Social Strategy to develop actions and partnerships which recognise, value and support people from a multicultural background.

“This project has a strong focus on community participation and empowerment and will provide meaningful opportunities for sharing dialogue, knowledge and skills to ensure appreciation and understanding across the multicultural community, council and sector.

“Outcomes include three months of community engagement, important sector mapping, organising a multicultural forum and community showcase and importantly the development of a regional action plan.”

Mayor Jamieson said the Multicultural Conversations program would also increase the regional capacity of sector agencies by exchanging information on current trends, advocacy and plans that support the multicultural community.

“It offers an opportunity to build our partnership with the sector that enables the capacity for in-depth conversations with people from multicultural backgrounds,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Importantly, the multicultural community will have the chance to register to attend a range of workshops and information sessions across the region.”

The Multicultural Conversations program is funded by Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services through the Celebrating Multicultural Queensland Grants Program.

Follow #MulticulturalConversations and register to connect, share and discover the Sunshine Coast’s rich culture and diversity by emailing commdevelopment@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or phoning 5475 7272 and ask to be connected to our Multicultural Community Development Officer.

Visit council’s website and search ‘multicultural’ for more details.