One Brisbane many cultures

As a city with nearly a third of its population born overseas and more than 22 per cent of households speaking a language other than English, Brisbane is a truly multicultural city. Brisbane City Council has developed the One Brisbane many cultures newsletter, a quarterly publication in ten languages including English, to provide a snapshot of key Council initiatives and city wide events. Council actively leads, advocates and promotes Brisbane as an inclusive city and encourages communities from diverse cultural backgrounds to participate in its programs and enjoy the activities that the city offers.

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A message from Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner

We’re working on delivering a better future for Brisbane residents, with major projects such as the Brisbane Metro and the Kangaroo Point and Breakfast Creek Green Bridges driving jobs growth, creating supplier opportunities, stimulating our local economy and creating a lasting legacy for our city.

Nominations for the Multicultural Awards for Business close soon. Help us celebrate the contribution multicultural businesses make to the Brisbane economy by nominating someone today.

As spring begins, there is more to see and do in Brisbane, including cruising aboard our new double-decker CityCat. The Neville Bonner is named after Australia’s first Indigenous member of parliament.

Whatever you do, keep following social distancing and hygiene guidelines to keep our city safe.

Adrian Schrinner

Recognising our multicultural business leaders

If you know a business operator who goes above and beyond for the community, we would like to hear from you.

Nominations for the 2020 Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Awards for Business close at 5pm on Thursday 17 September, with winners to be announced on Friday 6 November at the Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Dinner and Awards.

You can nominate for three categories: the Nick Xynias Young Business Person of the Year, the Multicultural Business Person of the Year and the Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Year.

Join us to celebrate our multicultural business community’s leadership, determination, creativity and innovation.

To nominate for the awards and to confirm details for the Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Dinner and Awards visit the Lord Mayor's Multicultural Awards for Business page.

New ways to get around our city

Make the most of our River City by feeling the wind on your face as you cruise aboard Brisbane’s new double-decker CityCat, Neville Bonner. More double-decker CityCats will join the fleet over the next four years, offering top-deck opportunities to soak up spectacular river views.

It’s all systems go on the Brisbane Metro project too, with plans revealed for a new underground tunnel entry at the North Quay end of Adelaide Street. As well as modernising public transport with better connections to the suburbs, Brisbane Metro will create 2600 local jobs across the city. Get the latest construction updates on our Brisbane Metro page.

Business scholarships to realise your dreams

Are you an existing or aspiring business owner from a multicultural background? Are you looking to develop the skills to start, run or grow your business?

The 2020 Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Scholarship Program – Round Two offers 100 new scholarships for 20 online courses covering business skills including leadership, strategic marketing, online marketing and sales.

Former scholarship recipient and owner of Reverse Gravity Acrobatics in West End, Olivier Allart describes the program as “the missing link”.

“Many people wake up with an idea, few follow through and even fewer implement it as a business idea. The scholarship program gives that path, teaches the required skills to implement that vision. It helps us make our idea a reality,” he said.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 9 October. For details, visit the The Lord Mayor's Multicultural Business Scholarship Program and Mentoring Scheme or call the International Relations and Multicultural Affairs Unit on 3178 0804.

New ways to play

Fun-seekers will find plenty of adventure these school holidays with our latest park upgrades.

Cadogan Street Park disc golf, Carindale: Like throwing a frisbee? Get swept up in the new ’disc golf’ sporting craze.

Bradbury Park, Kedron: Exhaust the kids with scooter action at Brisbane’s first dedicated closed‑loop scooter track and explore the nature‑inspired Magic Forest.

Warril Parkland, Larapinta: Explore the new nature‑play playground (pictured) with climbing fort, double flying-fox and water-play.

Look out for more park improvements as we invest $67.1 million into suburban parks and recreation reserves this financial year.

For more ideas on where to play, visit our Parks page.

Digital world for booklovers

Stay entertained these school holidays with our digital library, offering online collections and resources including e-books, audiobooks, magazines, music, films and learning programs for kids.

Library lovers can also download the new BNELibraries app to search the library catalogue, place and manage holds, access digital resources, view opening hours and see what’s on at your local library.

Visit our Libraries page to apply for a temporary digital library membership and download the app from the App Store or Google Play.

Have your say

Community consultation is open on the design for the Kangaroo Point and the Breakfast Creek Green Bridges. We are fast-tracking our Green Bridges Program to help stimulate our economy and create local jobs. The new green bridges will make it easier to get around the city on foot, bike or by connecting with public transport.

Visit our Green Bridges page.


  • Active and Healthy  - from Tai Chi and yoga to Zumba and Bollywood dance.
  • Chinese Moon Festival 26 September – join in the cultural celebration with roving lions, fire crackers and more, Chinatown Mall, 6-9pm, free.
  • Brisbane Festival4-26 September – see live concerts in the suburbs, plus a new citywide laser and light show on weekends, various locations.
  • Reimagine – Mosaic Festival 1 November – the popular multicultural festival is presented online with world music, cooking demonstrations and a virtual market, 11am-4pm.
  • Reimagine – Luminous 14 November – the annual Lantern Parade honouring cultural diversity is presented online with concerts, lantern-making workshops and more, 6-8pm

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Last updated: 16 September 2020