- Last updated:
- 01 May 2018
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.
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
Umi Khattab is currently senior lecturer in public relations and media studies at the University of the Sunshine coast, Qld. Prior to joining the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Umi Khattab taught and researched at the University of Melbourne where she coordinated the honours and post graduate diploma programs in media communication for almost seven years. Umi was associate professor in communication from 1999-2003 and 2009-2011 while teaching and researching at national and regional universities in Malaysia for almost 20 years.
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. David won an Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning: For inspirational teaching that challenges and supports social science students to critically examine racism, social justice and positionality, transforming their personal and professional lives.
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, and build community and inter-agency networks. He has also actively been part of planning committees for the annual Harmony Day Celebrations, Ocean Street World Festival and many local community events.
|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, and 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 has served on non-for-profit boards, and is a current member of Sunshine Coast Youth Councils.
Mote is well connected through youth work and community volunteering around diversity and inclusion, he also brings with him personal migrant experiences.
Mote highlights the impending Sunshine Coast population growth and the importance of migrant communities feeling included and valued during this population surge. He believes opportunities for multiculturalism can include “consultation, community projects and awareness”.
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 at the University of the Sunshine Coast and is a member of the Executive Committee for the Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce, he is also a former local UDIA branch executive member. Further memberships include Caloundra Chamber of Commerce and the Italian Chamber of Commerce (QLD).
Peppi brings a great capacity for partnership building and working with other organisations and groups, particularly within a multicultural context. He is the founder of the Sunshine Coast Multicultural Excellence Awards and assisted in delivering the Migrant Business Acceleration Program.
As the son of Italian migrants, Peppi is driven by a desire to make a positive contribution and to assist migrants in their transition to become an integral part of our community through access to economic and social opportunities.
He would like to see migrants receive access to training and support services, mentor and leadership opportunities and the ongoing promotion and understanding of the benefits of a multicultural community.
|Dr. Beverly Kabuya Muito
Beverly works in the community as a pharmacist. She is well connected and understands a wide range of challenges and concerns for our migrant communities.
As a recent migrant to the Sunshine Coast, Beverly draws on her personal migrant experiences and raises concerns around access to mental health services 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".
Beverly also highlights that opportunities that encourage the full participation of all community members, local and otherwise, need to be created which will result in a greater sense of belonging, 'ownership' and camaraderie. 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, is well connected across Sunshine Coast multicultural communities and has stated he is interested in “developing programs to help the diversified groups on the Sunshine Coast feel more integrated and secure”.
Dr Naveed, believes we can enhance social inclusion through encouraging cross cultural connections – starting with neighbour to neighbour. He identifies the potential for cultural groups who are not interacting to form subcultures which can potentially be divisive and problematic to a cohesive community in the future.
Dr Naveed also 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. With the impending opening of the Mosque in Maroochydore he will be an important contributor