- Tuesday 18 July 2017
The planting of a Moringa tree at Caloundra Community Centre marked the launch today (July 18) of the inaugural Sunshine Coast Multicultural Action Plan 2017-2020.
The Moringa tree was chosen to symbolise the plan’s launch as it is considered a “global tree” and is often referred to as a “miracle tree”.
It is one of the world’s most important food security plants and has been adopted by more than 1000 language groups.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said council was committed to the intent statement outlined in the plan “to recognise, respect and embrace diverse cultures, and to strive to strengthen the resilience and prosperity of our multicultural Sunshine Coast”.
“Our Sunshine Coast is a dynamic and diverse society with many cultures, languages and faiths - one in every five of our residents is born overseas with our region being home to people from more than 150 different countries,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“That range of diversity is a wonderful contributor to the vibrancy of our community and we’re committed to recognising the value and mix of people we have in our region from diverse backgrounds.
“We want everyone to have the opportunity to contribute and participate fully in our community.
“The Action Plan details actions that recognise, value and support people from a multicultural background and that strive to create equality opportunity for all.
“These actions will help our Sunshine Coast community thrive.”
Financial support and resources for the Action Plan were provided through the Celebrating Multicultural Queensland Grants Program and project partners provided in-kind support to assist with its development.
“This valuable support allowed us to develop a plan based on in-depth conversations with people from diverse backgrounds and fantastic collaboration with our partners,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“There is no doubt by working together we will build and nurture an even stronger Sunshine Coast, one that is healthy, smart and creative.”
As another highlight of today’s launch, Mayor Jamieson joined the volunteers of the Caloundra Community Centre’s Global Hub to serve soups and bread as the sharing of the meal preparation and serving of a meal is a paramount part of service, volunteering and togetherness.
Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the Multicultural Action Plan contributed to achieving the intent of council’s Sunshine Coast Social Strategy which provides a long-term social direction for the region.
“Our Social Strategy highlighted the value of celebrating and building our region’s cultural communities and ensuring cultural development contributes to social wellbeing, place, and identity and sector resilient,” Cr McKay said.
“This Multicultural Action Plan coordinates, builds relationships and strengthens networks and partnerships between council, sector agencies and community groups and provides a framework to enhance both the social cohesiveness and economic success of our region.”
Council acknowledges the following Working Group partners:
- University of the Sunshine Coast
- TAFE Queensland
- Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland
- Caloundra Community Centre
- Nambour Community Centre
- Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre
- Maleny Neighbourhood Centre
- Carers Queensland
- Volunteering Sunshine Coast
- Primary Health Network
- Buddies Refugee Support Group
- Department of Social Services
- Department of Human Services.
Head to council’s website to view the Sunshine Coast Multicultural Action Plan 2017-2020.