Sunshine Coast Multicultural Advisory Group
  • Last updated:
  • 27 Oct 2020

The Multicultural Advisory Group provides expert advice and a structure for the delivery of the multicultural priorities contained within the Sunshine Coast Community Strategy 2019-2041

The Community Strategy provides a long-term plan for how council and our community will work together to achieve a strong community.

Along with all sectors of the community, the Strategy embraces the region’s multicultural communities. The Strategy aims to strengthen connection, inclusion and opportunity for all people in our community.

Role of the group

The group’s role is to:

  • Support the deliverables under each of the actions within the Community Strategy Action Plan 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 Community Strategy.
  • Provide advice to Council regarding effective engagement with the multicultural community and sector.
  • Assist with reporting, reviewing and updating of the Community Strategy Action Plan.

Meetings are held six times per year and members are appointed for a two year term from 2020-2022. 

The Group operate as per the Terms of Reference - Sunshine Coast Multicultural Advisory Group - March 2020[370KB]

Group members

Members of the group hold a diverse range of skills and professional expertise working with multicultural groups and communities. 
They are committed to the vision outlined in the Strategy being, ‘Together we thrive - In all of our communities people are connected, included and feel welcomed. At the heart of our communities are our people who come together and actively participate in their community and contribute to the social, cultural and creative life of our region. People are welcoming, caring and respectful and equal opportunities are available to all’ (2019, p.4). 

David Hollinsworth 
Adjunct Professor, University of the Sunshine Coast 
Taught Indigenous studies, sociology and anti-racism since 1974 at various universities.
An elected member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Studies from 1998 to 2019.
Author, researcher consultant and trainer in anti-racism and multicultural/culturally inclusive practice.

Thị Bích Hợp Nguyễn 
Social professional, linguistic lecturer, cultural language researcher and member of the Sunshine Coast Vietnamese community. 

Dr. Sheikh Muhammad Naveed 
Senior Medical Officer, Sunshine Coast University Hospital

Director of Muslim Organisation of Sunshine Coast and an active proponent of interfaith harmony. He has held an esteemed career as a Doctor specialising in psychiatry and mental health. 

Graham Adra
Manager Strategic Partnerships, Be (formerly ComLink)
Collaborative, strategic and solutions-oriented. Focused on community capacity building with major stakeholders to ensure the health and wellbeing of the community. 
Multilingual teacher and member of several peak bodies and networks. 

Jessica Taylor
Indigenous Partnership and Program Manager, Indigenous Workstars
Director of Five Bridges not-for-profit organisation, to assist local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and a member of the Sunshine Coast Indigenous Network Group.

Linda Dennis
Settlement Engagement Transition and Support Worker, Nambour Community Centre 
Working with multicultural clients and leaders of ethno specific clubs, organisations and groups, coordinating many successful ongoing projects, programs and events.

Peppi Bueti
Director, Queensland Advertising and Public Relations
Over 25 years’ experience in communications and marketing. Tutored public relations students at the University of the Sunshine Coast, is the Executive Committee member of the Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce and former Board Member of the Italian Chamber of Commerce QLD.

Vicki Qiu
Registered Nurse, Sunshine Coast University Hospital
President of the Sunshine Coast Chinese Association. Would like to support the growth of cultural diversity and harmony among multicultural groups.

Councillor David Law
Division 10, Sunshine Coast Council
Community portfolio providing leadership and representation of multiculturalism.

Kim Price
Development Officer, Sunshine Coast Council
Chairperson

Meeting mintues

19 August 2020 [280KB]