- Last updated:
- 16 Sep 2021
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 and 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 MAG Terms of Reference.
Group membersMembers of the group hold a diverse range of skills and professional expertise working with multicultural groups and communities.
David Hollinsworth, Adjunct Professor, University of the Sunshine CoastTaught 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 NguyễnSocial professional, linguistic lecturer, cultural language researcher and member of the Sunshine Coast Vietnamese community.
Dr. Sheikh Muhammad Naveed, Senior Medical Officer, Sunshine Coast University HospitalDirector 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.
Linda Dennis, Settlement Engagement Transition and Support Worker, Nambour Community CentreWorking 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 RelationsOver 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 HospitalPresident of the Sunshine Coast Chinese Association. Would like to support the growth of cultural diversity and harmony among multicultural groups.
Jang Etheridge, President of the Thai Community of Sunshine Coast AssociationBusiness owner of Sala Thai restaurant in Eumundi, and passionate to share the Thai culture with the Sunshine Coast community through organising multicultural events and activities.
Anna Sri, Small Snimal Veterinarian with a Master of Public HealthInterested in creating a welcoming Sunshine Coast through improving points of connection and access to services for culturally diverse people moving to the Sunshine Coast, as well as supporting those that live here already. She has Tamil and Anglo-Australian heritage. Anna identifies as a person of colour and is involved in supporting multicultural events and activities, highlighting the value cultural diversity brings to the region.
Councillor David Law, Division 10, Sunshine Coast CouncilCommunity portfolio providing leadership and representation of multiculturalism.
Kim Price, Development Officer, Sunshine Coast Council
Chairperson and ex-officio member.