One Brisbane many cultures - September 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

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to present three awards at my Multicultural Business Dinner and Awards ceremony at Brisbane City Hall. This event recognises inspirational multicultural business leaders for their contributions to the city’s economy, while raising funds for the Multicultural Business Scholarship Program and Mentoring Scheme. Congratulations to award recipients Schalk Pienaar, Clare Sheng and Fan-Chi (Yvonne) Chu.

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards will be returning to Brisbane on 23 November. The gala event brings together some of the biggest names in Asia Pacific cinema to build a greater understanding of diversity across cultures. Also in this edition, read about the new Mt Coot-tha Visitor Information Centre and Gardens Café, plus a range of upcoming fun events, and more.

Graham Quirk


Celebrating local business leaders

Three of Brisbane’s inspirational multicultural business leaders have been recognised for their contributions to the city’s economy at the 2017 Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Dinner and Awards ceremony at Brisbane City Hall.

Attended by approximately 450 people, the event highlights Council’s support for initiatives that build our local economy and nurture innovation while celebrating the diversity and economic prosperity of Brisbane. The event also raises funds for the Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Scholarship Program and Mentoring Scheme.

The night saw Schalk Pienaar of Croomo crowned Multicultural Business Person of the Year. The founder of the multiple award winning digital training development company is recognised as an industry expert in eLearning architecture, delivering innovative training solutions and leading his Albion based company to create learning assets for global clients.

Clare Sheng of PQ Fashions in Brisbane’s CBD took out the Nick Xynias Young Multicultural Business Person of the Year award in recognition of her achievements with her clothing alterations business, which is now recognised as an industry leader following her injection of new ideas, streamlining and systemisation. The award is named after the late Nick Xynias, the founding Chairman of the Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Round Table who helped bring together Brisbane’s many culturally diverse communities.

Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Year went to Fan-Chi (Yvonne) Chu of Sunnybank’s Australian Multicultural Education Centre. Yvonne established the Australian Multicultural Education Centre after many years of working in the education industry, and attracts students from across the globe to Brisbane to pursue their dreams.

New Mt Coot-tha Visitor Information Centre

The new Mt Coot-tha Visitor Information Centre (VIC) will open this month, showcasing the activities and spaces at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Planetarium, the Summit Lookout and other scenic locations and picnic areas.

Open from 8am year round, the centre will close at 5pm in the cooler months (1 April to 31 August) and 6pm in the warmer months (1 September to 31 March). Volunteers will also be on hand to assist visitors from 10am until 3pm daily. The Gardens Café and function centre adjacent to the VIC is also undergoing renovations to create an iconic venue space for visitors to enjoy. For more information, visit or call 3403 8888.

Apply now for Environmental and Sustainability Grants

Community groups and non-profit organisations can apply for Council’s Community Environmental and Sustainability Grants from Monday 2 October.

Environmental Grants between $1000 and $20,000 are awarded for local or citywide community environmental initiatives.

Sustainability Grants between $1000 and $10,000 are awarded to support energy efficiency projects. This funding is for an energy audit and implementation of associated energy efficiency measures.

Applications close on Monday 6 November.

Lights, camera, action!

November sees the return of one of Brisbane’s signature events, the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. The 11th annual celebration of cinematic excellence and cultural diversity across the Asia Pacific region increases Brisbane’s profile and helps grow our local economy and create jobs. The ceremony is one of more than 50,000 events supported by Council each year as part of our commitment to more lifestyle and leisure opportunities for residents and visitors.

The glittering gala event will bring together some of the biggest names in Asia Pacific cinema on Thursday 23 November. Awards honour the films which best reflect their cultural origins and the people behind them while building a greater understanding of diversity across cultures.

The awards encompass 70 countries and areas covering one third of the globe, which produce half the world’s film.

Brisbane's biggest street party is back

Council’s commitment to leisure and lifestyle opportunities will be brought to life when Valley Fiesta returns to Fortitude Valley from 27-28 October. Known as Brisbane’s biggest street party, the event is set to feature a wide range of music, food, art, fashion, multiculturalism and markets.

Line-ups and further details will be revealed soon – stay tuned to for updates.


  • 9 September - Hustlin’ Valley Markets
    Stalls by local small businesses and creatives, a second hand fashion precinct and live entertainment
    9am-2pm, Brunswick Street Mall

  • 9-30 September - Brisbane Festival
    Music, dance, opera and major public events including Sunsuper Riverfire
    Various times and locations

  • 10 September - Green Heart Fair
    Community and sustainability festival promoting green living in a fun, family-friendly environment
    8am-2pm, Carindale Recreation Reserve

  • 16 September - Scandinavian Festival
    Traditional Scandinavian food and drinks, performances and music
    10am-4pm, Perry Park, Bowen Hills

  • 6-8 and 13-15 October - Oktoberfest Brisbane
    Australia’s largest German festival
    Various times, Brisbane Showgrounds.


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04 September 2017