One Brisbane many cultures - June 2017

As a city with a quarter of its population born overseas and more than 17 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 Graham Quirk

On 26 April, I had the opportunity to officially welcome more than 200 people from refugee backgrounds to our city as part of my Refugee Welcome Ceremony. These events provide an opportunity for our new arrivals to access information on services and to meet with community leaders. New residents can also find information on Council services.

Join us at Council's Ekka stand located in the Woolworths Pavilion at the RNA Showgrounds from 11 to 20 August. Our innovative stand will showcase what makes Brisbane a great city! Find out more, or read more in this edition.

Also in this edition, find out about Council's new 'Guide for Residents', Seniors Week, the 2017 Asia Pacific Cities Summit in South Korea, and community feedback received on the expanded Brisbane Metro.

Graham Quirk


Community helps shape Brisbane Metro

Valuable feedback from residents and commuters has been received on the Brisbane Metro after seven information sessions were held throughout the community.

As part of a citywide engagement program, attendees were able to speak with project team members to learn more about the expanded Brisbane Metro and provide their feedback. This has been incorporated and used in the preparation of the business case for the project which was released at the end of May.

Brisbane Metro will deliver services across 21 kilometres of existing busway, providing high-frequency, high-capacity 'turn up and go' rapid transport across two lines, 18 stations and 11 interchange points.

It will also cut travel times, reduce bus congestion in the CBD and improve public transport reliability. Find out more.

Welcome to our newest residents

More than 200 people from refugee backgrounds were officially welcomed to Brisbane at the Lord Mayor's Refugee Welcome Ceremony at Brisbane City Hall.

Now in its eleventh year, the event welcomes refugees, while providing an opportunity for new arrivals to access information on services available to them and to meet with community leaders.

Council's website also provides information for people from multicultural backgrounds starting a new life in Brisbane, including translation services, citizenship, community grants, and multicultural programs and initiatives. There is also a link to an Australian Government 'Beginning a Life in Australia' guide which is available in English and 39 other languages. Find out more.

Between 1 July 2016 and mid-March 2017, more than 900 Humanitarian Settlement Strategy entrants arrived in the Brisbane Local Government Area.

Join us at Council's Ekka stand

Discover what makes Brisbane a city of lifestyle and leisure at this year's Council Ekka stand, located in the Woolworths Pavilion at the RNA Showgrounds from Friday 11 August to Sunday 20 August.

From green parks and vibrant venues to diverse and inclusive communities, Council's Ekka stand will showcase what makes Brisbane a great city!

The free Council photo booth is also back by popular demand. Using a green screen, you'll have a new suite of stunning background images to choose from. You'll get a printed photo to take home and you can share your digital photo with friends on social media.

There will also be exciting events to entertain the whole family with kids' activities, interactive touch screens, a brand new virtual reality experience plus free sustainable show bags. Find out more.

Explore international business opportunities

Register to join more than 1500 business and government leaders at the 2017 Asia Pacific Cities Summit (2017APCS) & Mayors' Forum from 10-13 September in Brisbane's sister city Daejeon, South Korea. The 2017 APCS is a global meeting place for delegates to make new connections, develop their business and exchange information. The biennial summit was established by Council in 1996 and is hosted alternately by Brisbane and bidding international cities. Register now.

Brisbane Residents Guide

Over the past decade, Brisbane has undergone significant growth to become a dynamic and vibrant New World City.

Council's 'Guide for Residents' provides a brief introduction to Brisbane and to the many services and facilities available to residents. The guide covers key Council services and programs such as transport, waste, recycling and neighbourhood planning. It also has information about how residents can get involved in their local community. Find out more.

Seniors Week

Seniors Week will be held from 9-27 August, providing seniors with the opportunity to come together and celebrate their contributions to our community. Seniors Week offers people 50 years and over the chance to participate in a range of activities across the city, including morning teas and gala events. Find out more.


  • 4 August - Brisbane Twilight Markets
    Handmade goods, including jewellery, children's products, art and homewares
    4-9pm, King George Square

  • 12 August - Korean Festival Day
    Food stalls, live music, dance, taekwondo, children's activities and more
    10am-4pm, King George Square

19 June 2017