One Brisbane many cultures - June 2018

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

As we welcome winter, it's important to keep health front-of-mind. Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way to protect ourselves and our families from influenza. Council's immunisation clinics stock and provide the annual flu vaccine so our city stays healthy and vibrant.

Our parks are fantastic places to relax and often attract avid drone flyers. Remember to be aware of your responsibilities when operating a drone to ensure these green open spaces remain safe for the community. Information on designated areas for flying drones and other remotely piloted aircraft is available on our website. Find out more.

In this edition, read about the upcoming Multicultural Business Dinner and Awards, the new Koala Research Centre and where to pick up free reusable shopping bags ahead of the plastic bag ban in July.

Graham Quirk

LORD MAYOR

Celebrate multicultural businesses

Come and celebrate the outstanding contribution multicultural businesses make to Brisbane's economy and community at this year's Lord Mayor's Multicultural Business Dinner and Awards.

The event, which raises funds for the Lord Mayor's Multicultural Business Development Program, will be held on Friday 24 August at Brisbane City Hall.

Schalk Pienaar, 2017 Multicultural Business Person of the Year, made Brisbane his new home and business base.

"I was born in South Africa but decided to move to Australia 12 years ago," he says. "A passion for digital technology led me to start Croomo, a multi-award winning digital training development company. Brisbane is an incredible base from which to run a business, while being spoilt by the region's pristine beauty and fantastic lifestyle."

Awards nominations close on Friday 13 July. Dinner bookings close on Friday 17 August. 

International students welcomed

Brisbane is a study destination of choice for international students, with enrolments rising 12 per cent to more than 85,000 in 2017. Most students are from China, Brazil, India, South Korea, Japan and Colombia, adding to our city's cultural diversity.

The Study Brisbane program enhances international students' experience and encourages new enrolments. As part of the program, 44 students from 30 countries have been appointed as Brisbane International Student Ambassadors. For the next 12 months, they will share stories of their stay in the city on social media.

The program also offers networking events to bring students and employers together to facilitate career paths and employment opportunities; the Brisbane Student Hub, which provides free information, advice and referrals on healthcare, employment, budget management, accommodation and legal services; and a dedicated airport welcome program.

Set your sights on SunPAC

SunPAC is Brisbane's newest multicultural performing arts and entertainment venue. Located at 470 McCullough Street, Sunnybank, SunPAC hosts local and touring performances of theatre, dance and music, as well as community events and festivals reflecting culturally diverse audiences and communities.

This year's program includes Forever Everly, hailed as the best Everly Brothers tribute show in the world, on Friday 15 June. Australia's 'king of country rock', Jade Hurley, will perform on Friday 3 August, followed by the 70's Unplugged show on Saturday 11 August.

SunPAC is also available for hire. With a 300-seat theatre, five-star rehearsal rooms, architecturally-designed foyer and cafe, it is the perfect venue to hold your next live show, meeting or celebration. Registered not-for-profit organisations receive 50% off venue hire fees. Visit sunpac.net.au

New Koala Research Centre

Brisbane's favourite furry friends can rest easy, with the new Koala Research Centre at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary due to open mid-year.

Collaborating with universities and other research institutions, the innovative centre will educate visitors on how they can contribute to koala conservation. Research will focus on key issues facing koalas, including breed and release programs and disease.

The initiative is part of Council's $539 million commitment to deliver a clean, green and sustainable Brisbane.

Head to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary for an unforgettable up-close encounter with one of the resident koalas and learn more about Australia's iconic marsupial. Visit koala.net

Get help with a grant from Council

Do you need financial support to get your creative dream off the ground or promote services that build an inclusive, active and healthy, clean and green, or vibrant and creative community?

Council awards a range of grants to local community groups, sporting clubs, artists and eligible individuals. Email the Grants Unit at CommunityGrants@brisbane.qld.gov.au to ask if your project is suitable and for advice on completing your application. 

You can also register to receive notifications about the opening dates for the next round of grants. Find out more.

Events

  • 10 June - Filipino Barrio Fiesta Brisbane
    Join the festivities to commemorate Philippine Independence, including a traditional costume parade, food and bands
    9.30am-6pm, Rocklea Showgrounds

  • 20 June - Our Journey - World Refugee Day
    A celebration of the spirit and courage of refugees, featuring live performances in spoken word, world music and dance
    1.15-3.30pm, Queen Street Mall stage

  • 6-8 July - Le Festival
    France comes to Brisbane with this three-day festival of food, wine and French entertainment
    various times, South Bank Cultural Forecourt

  • 25 July to 5 August - Night Noodle Markets
    Stroll the lantern-lit markets and grab a bite at the street-food stalls and bars
    5pm, South Bank Cultural Forecourt

  • 18 August - India Day Fair
    Celebrate India's 71st Independence Day with traditional food, music, Bollywood dancing and fireworks
    10.30am-9pm, The Amphitheatre, Roma Street Parkland

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06 June 2018