One Brisbane many cultures

As a city with a quarter 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

As our city responds to coronavirus, I want to update you on the reopening of Council’s facilities.

Under Stage One in the easing of restrictions, our libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms, BMX tracks and skate parks have reopened.

Community safety remains our top priority and there are some changes to the way our facilities operate. Social distancing applies, and we ask people to wash their hands with soap before and after leaving facilities and, if they can, use their own hand sanitiser.

As always, updates on any changes affecting facilities and services are available from our website.

While the continued changes to our daily lives may seem frustrating, they save lives. We will get through this together.

Adrian Schrinner
LORD MAYOR

Support for international students

Brisbane is proud to have one of Australia’s most diverse international student populations, which represents more than 160 countries.

The Study Brisbane program recently partnered with FareShare and Foodbank Queensland to deliver 10,000 meals a week, for eight weeks, to international students impacted by coronavirus. The meals are being delivered to education providers for distribution to students facing financial hardship. Students needing support should contact their institutions or the Brisbane Student Hub on 07 3337 5400.

In April, 40 students from 20 countries were appointed as Brisbane International Student Ambassadors. For the next 12 months, the students will be given unique opportunities to experience Brisbane and will share stories of their stay to the international student community and their networks back home on social media. For more information, visit studybrisbane.com.au

Investing in a better Brisbane

Council remains committed to investing in our future, so when the threat of coronavirus has passed, you will have more opportunities to do the things you love.

  • Our second double-decker CityCat is under construction in Murarrie and will be ready by the end of the year
  • Early works are underway for the Brisbane Metro underground station in South Brisbane and the new Rochedale depot.
  • We’re gearing up to deliver the first two of Brisbane’s new green bridges at Kangaroo Point and Breakfast Creek.
  • We’re creating more to see and do, including a new 2.4 km trail at Mt Coot-tha, between the Brisbane Botanic Gardens and the summit.

We’re carefully planning a future that protects Brisbane’s lifestyle and supports our local economy and local jobs.

Scholarships and mentoring opportunities

The 2020 Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Scholarship Program and Mentoring Scheme offers a record 89 placements for Brisbane residents from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who want to boost their career or business.

Scholarship courses range from one-day workshops to diplomas, degrees, masters and governance courses, while the mentoring scheme is a structured 12-month peer and professional mentoring program.

Clare Sheng, owner of The Fitting Room on Edward, participated in 2019 and says the experience was a great networking opportunity. 

“I met other multicultural business owners and found we had similar challenges,” Clare says. “We could talk with each other and our mentors to solve these and stay on track with our goals.”

Applications close on Friday 29 May.

Support for local business

Council is waiving charges, rents and permit levies for business and Council lessees until 30 June. This includes fees for recycling, food safety permits, advertising, temporary food stalls and commercial leases. We’re also refunding fees for events cancelled due to coronavirus and business fees paid since 1 March.

This $7.9 million business relief package accompanies existing business support, including the 24‑hour Business Hotline, the Small Business Liaison Officers and resources such as the Business in Brisbane e-newsletter and Facebook group.

New seven-day payments for Council’s small business suppliers have also been introduced to boost business cash flow and protect jobs. Visit our website for more on our business support.

Rates relief for residents and businesses

Council is offering rates assistance to all ratepayers, including owner occupiers, non‑owner occupiers and businesses, who are genuinely struggling to pay their rates due to the economic impacts of coronavirus.

If you’re having trouble paying your rates on time, payment plans or deferred payment agreements of up to nine months can be arranged. Interest will not be applied to these payment plans or deferred payment arrangements, and Council recovery processes will not commence during this time.

Contact Council on 07 3403 8888 to discuss the assistance options available.

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Previous newsletter (edition 22)

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Last updated:20 May 2020