One Brisbane many cultures - June 2019

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

It was an honour to be sworn in as Brisbane's Lord Mayor in April, following Graham Quirk's retirement.

My goal as Lord Mayor is simple - to make sure the Brisbane of tomorrow is even better than the Brisbane of today.

This will involve building the critical infrastructure our city needs while protecting and expanding Brisbane's green space by establishing the Green Future Fund.

As part of this vision, I've already announced Council will build five new green bridges across the city to get more cars off the road and give you more choice when it comes to travel.

I look forward to working with you to make sure Brisbane is an even better place to live, work and relax in the future.

Adrian Schrinner

Luminous lanterns light up the night

Join in the fun of the 12th annual Luminous Lantern Parade on Friday 7 June, at South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt. The colourful parade, starting at 6pm, celebrates Queensland Week by honouring our cultural diversity, heritage, people, places and history. See the array of lanterns, including a large-scale koala, owl, kangaroo, rainbow serpent, Story Bridge and Brisbane City Hall. For a gold coin donation, you can also join in, carrying LED candles.

Arrive early to enjoy food stalls and live entertainment from 5pm, and hang around after the parade for the family-friendly world music concert. The Luminous Lantern Parade is one of the thousands of festivals, markets and events Council supports each year to create more to see and do in Brisbane. For more event details, visit the Multicultural Development Australia website.

Explore international business opportunities

Register now to meet and connect with government and business leaders at the 2019 Asia Pacific Cities Summit (2019APCS), being held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 7-10 July.

The summit is an opportunity to connect and collaborate with industry leaders on topics including the mobility, innovation, liveability and sustainability of cities.

Strengthen your local and international links through Meet@APCS – a program which allows participants to pre-arrange meetings with government representatives, potential partners, investors, clients and suppliers. Meet the decision-makers from the Asia Pacific region's leading cities all in one location.

Council is proud to support the 2019APCS as part of its role in building the local economy and strengthening Brisbane’s global reputation as Australia’s New World City. To register, visit the 2019 Asia Pacific Cities Summit (2019APCS) and Mayors’ Forum website

Apply for a Council grant

Do you need funding for your next project or event? Community-based and not-for-profit organisations are invited to apply for Council grants to develop and improve community facilities and services. Applications open on Monday 15 July.

Summary of four different Council grants
Grant Eligible projects Grant allocation
Building Stronger Communities Grants Program Projects to develop or maintain community facilities, and projects that improve organisational development.

Up to $7500 (organisational development)

Up to $100,000 (community facility maintainance)

Community Development and Capacity Building Grants Projects that increase community identity and connections, increase social inclusion and respond to community needs and social issues. Up to $10,000
Access and Inclusion Community Partnership Program Projects that improve access and inclusion Up to $50,000
Healthy and Physical Activity Grants Projects that increase participation in community sport and recreation Up to $20,000

Other funding opportunities include the Lord Mayor's Suburban Initiative Fund, Cultivating Community Gardens Grants and the Seniors Celebration Donation, which also open in July and August. Find out more including eligibility criteria and how to apply

It's never been so easy to start composting!

Did you know food waste makes up about one-quarter of the average household bin?

You can reduce your household’s food waste and help keep Brisbane clean and green by composting and worm farming. Council hosts free compost and worm farming workshops, where you can learn how to turn kitchen scraps into nutrients for the garden. Participants also receive a discount voucher to redeem at Council’s tip shops.

The voucher is redeemable for one compost bin at a discounted price of $40 or one worm farm for $60. You can also get a free compost or worm farm blanket with your purchase, while stocks last. Find workshop details.

Nominate an outstanding business person

There’s still time to nominate for the Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Awards for Business:

Nick Xynias Multicultural Young Business Person of the Year – recognises the success, creativity and energy of a business person under the age of 35.

Multicultural Business Person of the Year – honours a business leader who exports products and services throughout Australia or internationally.

Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Year – recognises a business person who demonstrates entrepreneurial flair and innovation.

Nominations close on Friday 12 July, with the winners announced at the Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Dinner and Awards on Friday 4 October at Brisbane City Hall. Tickets go on sale on Friday 14 June. Find out more.

Did you know

Council libraries host English conversation groups where you can make new friends while improving your language skills in a friendly, social environment. learners of all levels are welcome. Check our events calendar for dates and locations.


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Last updated:3 June 2019