Sunshine Coast Multicultural Advisory Group
  • Last updated:
  • 29 Aug 2019

Establishing the Sunshine Coast Multicultural Advisory Group is a key action within the Sunshine Coast Multicultural Action Plan 2017-2020 (MAP). The Group will provide expert advice and a structure for the delivery of the MAP priority areas and actions.

Role of the group

The group’s role is to:

  • Support the deliverables under each of the Actions in the MAP through the provision of expert advice.
  • Provide rigorous and transparent advice to Council on its policies, plans, programs and services as they relate to the multicultural community and sector.
  • Assist Council to promote the benefits of the MAP.
  • Provide advice to Council regarding effective engagement with the multicultural community and sector.
  • Assist with reporting, reviewing and updating of the MAP.

Group members

Members of the group have a diverse range of skills, expertise and professional insight in strategic planning and the development of multicultural policy. The group have extensive experience working with multicultural groups and communities and they understand the needs and issues affecting them. Their commitment is to enhance opportunities and make a positive difference for multicultural residents.

  • Dr Umi Khattab, Senior Lecturer, School of Communication & Creative Industries, University of the Sunshine Coast

    Dr Umi Khattab is currently senior lecturer in public relations and media studies at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). Previously she taught and researched at the University of Melbourne. She coordinated the honours and post graduate diploma programs in media communication there.

    Umi was associate professor in communication while teaching and researching at national and regional universities in Malaysia. While there, Umi wrote as a columnist for The New Straits Times. She continues to freelance.

    Umi has served in various university committees and worked closely with local communities and public relations practitioners.


  • David Hollinsworth, Adjunct Professor in Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Arts, Business and Law, University of the Sunshine Coast

    David has taught Indigenous studies, sociology and anti-racism since 1974 at various universities. He has been an elected member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Studies from 1998 to 2019. He has published 3 editions of the major textbook, Race and Racism in Australia.

    David has been a consultant to community organisations, state and federal governments since the early 1980s. He is particularly interested in multicultural economy. He is especially committed to enabling contribution and participation for our multicultural community.


  • Ken Thorpe, Department of Human Services, Multicultural Services Officer

    Ken has connected with and helped many migrant and refugee communities. He has worked with employees, community agencies and government departments to:

    • provide information
    • attend and facilitate forums
    • build community and inter-agency networks.

    He has been part of planning committees for the annual Harmony Day Celebrations, Ocean Street World Festival and many local community events. Ken brings a strong strategic alignment between government organisations and extensive local connections.


  • Mote E Dambo

    Mote is a 24-year old graduate from the University of the Sunshine Coast where he completed a regional and urban planning degree. Mote currently works as a banker. He recently completed a term with Queensland Youth Parliament, leading youth teams and advising on diversity and community.

    Mote was also a volunteer youth leader at a youth group in Woombye for five years and he has spent a large part of his life talking and engaging with people through his work and community volunteering.

    Mote offers a younger persons perspective and experience in advocacy at multiple levels of government.


  • Peppi Bueti, Director, Queensland Advertising and Public Relations

    Peppi has over 25 years’ experience in communications and marketing. He has tutored public relations students and is a member of the Executive Committee for the Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce. He is also a former local UDIA branch executive member. His memberships include Caloundra Chamber of Commerce and the Italian Chamber of Commerce (QLD).

    Peppi brings a great capacity for partnership building and working with others. Founder of the Sunshine Coast Multicultural Excellence Awards, he has assisted in delivering the Migrant Business Acceleration Program.

    He would like to see migrants receive access to:

    • training and support services
    • mentor and leadership opportunities
    • ongoing promotion and understanding of the benefits of a multicultural community.


  • Dr. Beverly Kabuya Muito

    Beverly works in the community as a pharmacist. As a recent migrant to the Sunshine Coast Beverly draws on her personal migrant experiences. She is concerned with access to mental health services. This is especially during the most difficult and challenging settlement period.

    Beverly would like to see an increase of positive media exposure for migrants. She points out that "telling peoples stories will help migrants feel more at home through seeing people like themselves in the media". She is a great believer in every individual having something positive to contribute from whichever colourful background they are from.


  • Dr. Sheikh Muhammad Naveed, Muslim Organisation of Sunshine Coast
    Dr Naveed belongs to the Muslim faith and represents the Muslim Organisation of Sunshine Coast (MOSC). He has held an esteemed career as a Doctor specialising in psychiatry and mental health. Dr Naveed currently works as the Registrar Mental Health at Sunshine Coast Mental Health Services.

    Dr Naveed, believes we can enhance social inclusion through encouraging cross cultural connections. He sees opportunity within tourism which could “benefit from being more culturally oriented and accommodating”. Dr Naveed, brings extensive knowledge and insights that will enable MAG to stay in front of social cohesion issues.
  • Future Multicultural Advisory Group (MAG) Meetings
    • Wednesday 22 August 2018
    • Wednesday 17 October 2018
    • Wednesday 12 December 2018

    Meeting Minutes