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

Last month, I presented Council’s 2020-21 Budget, outlining a range of initiatives to support residents, businesses and community groups as the city recovers from the impacts of coronavirus.

We are providing immediate financial relief to residents and businesses by freezing rates and continuing to waive a range of business fees, charges and rents until the end of the year.

Visit Council’s website for more information about the Budget initiatives that will bring our economy back to life, including our investment in job-creating projects such as roads, bridges, playgrounds and bikeways, as we move towards a better and brighter future.

You can also find more information about the multicultural business awards and scholarships on our Multicultural Business page.

Adrian Schrinner
LORD MAYOR

Rates relief for residents

As Brisbane recovers from the impacts of coronavirus, Council's 2020-21 Budget is providing immediate relief and helping to reduce the cost of living through:

  • a six-month rates freeze for all ratepayers
  • rates relief for people experiencing financial hardship, including a one-off owner-occupier $250 rebate for JobSeeker recipients
  • continuing support for pensioners, including a rates rebate of up to 40% and free off-peak travel for senior go card holders on buses, CityCats and ferries
  • continuing rates relief for first home buyers in the first 12 months of ownership, with a 50% rebate for first home owners and a 100% rebate for first home buyers who build their own home or buy off the plan (from 1 October).

For more details about the 2020-21 Budget, visit the 2020-21 Budget page.

Celebrating multicultural businesses

The 2020 Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Awards for Business celebrate the contribution multicultural businesses make to our city’s economy and community through their leadership, determination, creativity and innovation.

The awards recognise winners in 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.

Nominations are open until 17 September. Winners will be announced at the Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Dinner and Awards in November.

For more information on the awards, including eligibility and how to nominate, visit the Multicultural Business page or call Council on 07 3403 8888.

Backing local business

This financial year, we are providing immediate relief to local businesses and community groups to help get Brisbane back on its feet again:

  • our Economic Recovery Taskforce is working with local businesses to deliver support where it’s needed most, while we continue to invest in our 24-hour Business Hotline 133 BNE (133 263) and business liaison officers.
  • we are waiving a range of charges, rents, levies and permit fees for all businesses and Council lessees until 31 December
  • more local shopping precincts will be revitalised through our $9.2 million Village Precinct Projects program
  • we will support local projects across Brisbane under our new $7 million COVID-19 Suburban Priority Projects fund
  • we are providing $3 million in direct assistance to community groups on Council land.

For more on how Council is making Brisbane better for everyone, visit the 2020-21 Budget page.

More multicultural business scholarships opening

From Monday 24 August, an extra 100 scholarships will be available as part of the 2020 Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Scholarship Program and Mentoring Scheme, in partnership with Central Queensland University.

The 100 short courses will support multicultural business owners to upskill and update their business credentials, offering a basis for further self-paced learning.

The first round of 2020 scholarships offered 89 courses to local recipients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

For details, visit the Multicultural Business page.

Support for local community groups

Is your community club struggling to pay its bills because of the coronavirus pandemic?

Eligible organisations can now apply for financial assistance from the Lord Mayor’s COVID-19 Direct Assistance Program. The new community assistance program has been set up to help Council leaseholders to recover and rebuild after experiencing forced closure or loss of revenue as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

For more information, including eligibility criteria, visit the COVID-19 Direct Assistance Program page.

Information in your language

Did you know Council’s website can be translated into more than 100 languages? 

To translate the content, select your language at the bottom of the page, where it says 'Translate this site'. To speak to us through an interpreter, contact the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 and ask to speak with Brisbane City Council on 07 3403 8888.

Events

  • Active and Healthy  - from Tai Chi and yoga to Zumba and Bollywood dance.
  • The Storytellers - Free - uncover local history, myths and tales through video, art and sound displays 10am-5pm daily, Museum of Brisbane.
  • Razzle Dazzle10 August-22 November – take a guided tour of Brisbane’s latest outdoor art exhibition, Brisbane City, free.
  • Seniors Week - 15-23 August - catch up with friends and enjoy free and low-cost activities, online and at various locations.
  • Brisbane Festival4-26 September – see live concerts in the suburbs, plus a new citywide laser and light show on weekends, various locations.
  • Lord Mayor's Seniors Cabaret Masterclasses - 8-18 September - improve your stage presence with tips from a star mentor ahead of a live performance, various locations, free.

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Last updated:3 August 2020