Multiculturalism is a strategy for all Australians. It encourages us all to express, share and value our cultural heritage and that of others. Multiculturalism aims at ensuring that all Australians have equality of opportunity to benefit from, and contribute to, all aspects of life without prejudice or discrimination.
Gladstone Regional Council (GRC) has developed a Gladstone Multicultural Strategy in partnership with Gladstone Multicultural Association Incorporated (GMAI) and members from the culturally and linguistically diverse community to establish a multicultural framework for the Gladstone region.
> Local Area Multicultural Partnership (LAMP)
The Local Area Multicultural Partnership (LAMP) initiative is a unique partnership between the Queensland Government and Local Government to support local government to integrate the principles and practices of multiculturalism throughout their organisations and promote positive intercultural relations in their local region.
LAMP is designed to support the Queensland Government's multicultural policy objectives of ensuring that all Queenslanders, regardless of their cultural, linguistic or religious backgrounds:
- Have equitable access to services and programs that response appropriately to their needs
- Are able to fully participate in and benefit from all aspects of life in Queensland, and
- Feel a sense of belonging in a cohesive and harmonious community.
In particular, LAMP aims to:
- Strengthen multiculturalism in the local government sector, and
- Promote positive intercultural relations and social cohesion in participating local council areas
> Sister City Program
The LAMP Program also provides assistance and support to the Sister City Program. The Sister City relationship between Gladstone and Saiki City was established on September 4th, 1996. The Sister City movement is a worldwide concept, which operates under the principles of furthering communication and exchanges at a person-to-person level through city-to-city affiliations.
The Gladstone' Sister City Advisory Committee, which is a community based working group, advises Gladstone Regional Council on ways and means to enhance the Sister City Program between the cities of Gladstone and Saiki.
Find out more about Council's Saiki City Sister City relationship (click here)
> Gladstone Region Cultural Diversity Framework 2014 - 2019
Gladstone Region Cultural Diversity Framework 2014-2019 aims to create a holistic approach to address some of the Multicultural issues affecting the community as a whole by ascertaining some of the barriers to community integration and to formulate strategies to achieve community cohesiveness.
Gladstone Region Cultural Diversity Profile (ABS Census)
The findings of ABS 2006 census triggered the need of engaging and consulting various sectors of the community to identify issues and solutions stemming from a large influx of new residents to the Region and, this resulted in the formulation and implementation process of the Gladstone's Multicultural strategy of 2007.
Furthermore, the ABS Census 2011 revealed a consistent increase in the CALD proportion living within Gladstone Region. Hence, further collaborative and cooperative alliances across the community with key partners were established.
Intercultural Reference Group
The Intercultural Reference group (IRG) is perhaps the most significant outcome of the Gladstone Multicultural Strategy 2007. The IRG is a group of key community stakeholders to steer, coach and supervise the implementation of the top ten Multicultural projects, which have been identified by the local community as the main priorities.
This Reference group is a collective body of individuals, which have the common interest of developing and implementing a holistic approach for Multicultural Affairs within Gladstone Area.
The IRG gets together once a month on the last Wednesday of every month at the Community Advisory service between 5.30 and 7.00 pm. If you would like to participate please call Multicultural Community Relations Officer at the Community Advisory Service on 07 4976 6300.
To read the IRG Overview and Terms of Reference click here.
Gladstone Regional Council leading on Cultural Diversity implementations
Gladstone Region is proudly a cultural diverse community, in which multiculturalism is not only appreciated but also encouraged.
Gladstone City Council firstly adopted a Cultural Diversity Policy in December 2008 in order to formalise its commitment to Multiculturalism. Then, Gladstone Regional Council has implemented a new Cultural Diversity Policy in July 2014, which embraces a more Community broader concept for all Gladstone Residents.
Currently, Gladstone Regional Council is delivering a number of strategies to increase its level of Cultural responsiveness and readiness to deliver services for all Gladstone residents including:
- Customer Service Translating and Interpreting Services
- Cross Cultural Awareness (for all staff members)
- Disaster Management Multilingual Resources (Floods and cyclones)
Support for New Residents