One Brisbane many cultures - September 2018 | Brisbane City Council

One Brisbane many cultures - September 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

Spring is a season of events in our vibrant city.

Brisbane Festival brings a citywide program of theatre, music, circus, opera and major public events from 8-29 September. There is something for all ages. The Sunsuper Riverfire closes the festival on Saturday 29 September, lighting up the city and river with a spectacular fireworks display set to music.

Another highlight on the city's calendar is BrisAsia, our annual showcase of Asian arts and cultural events, programs and initiatives. Held from February to March, now is a good time to think about your ideas for 2019.

For more upcoming events, see the events listing in this edition.

Severe weather is a natural part of living in Brisbane's subtropical climate. As storm season near, it's important to ensure your family and property are prepared.

Graham Quirk

Brisbane's global ties

Did you know Brisbane has nine sister cities?

Brisbane's sister cities are Abu Dhabi, Auckland, Chongqing, Daejeon, Hyderabad, Kaohsiung, Kobe, Semarang and Shenzhen. The sister cities are a platform for Council to drive business outcomes for businesses within our city. Through a number of initiatives, including direct business introduction facilitation and the Lord Mayor's business missions, significant economic outcomes have been secured for Brisbane.

If you are interested in extending your business ties to any of these cities, or would like to deepen your existing commercial engagement in Brisbane's sister cities, email

Outstanding achievers

More than 570 of Brisbane's business leaders came together for the 2018 Lord Mayor's Multicultural Business Dinner and Awards in August.

Kim Zoulek took out the Nick Xynias Multicultural Young Business Person of the Year in recognition of her work as director and co-owner of Oktoberfest Brisbane Australia's largest German festival.

Fiona Kee was named Multicultural Business Person of the Year. Identifying a gap in the vocational education and training market, Fiona founded the Australian Institute of Business Technology (AIBT) in 2014. AIBT now has multiple branches in Ghana and Singapore and is looking to expand into Asia.

Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Year went to Mathew Tsin, co-founder of 1ICT, an innovative software development and information and communications technology company.

Free community hall hire

Council is waiving booking fees for eligible new hall users during September. Book your next get-together today.

Make a splash this summer

All of Council's 22 swimming pools will be open for the summer season from Saturday 22 September.

We have been working hard to get our pools and aqua parks ready for summer, with extended opening hours, fitness activities for all ages, upgraded amenities and water play facilities on offer.

Swimming is a great way to have fun and stay fit, but it's also important to feel confident in the water. Council's pools also offer learn-to-swim lessons from adults to babies.

Our pools are extremely popular with residents and visitors, with more than three million people visiting them last year. They are just one feature that make our city a great place to live, work and relax.

Multicultural library programs

Did you know you can enjoy children's storytime in other languages at Brisbane's public libraries?

Some libraries host regular storytimes in Korean (Garden City), Cantonese (Garden City), Mandarin (Garden City, Sunnybank Hills) and Spanish (Toowong), while select libraries host storytime throughout the year in Italian, Vietnamese and French. You can also borrow books, magazines, DVDs and CDs in more than 20 languages.

Libraries are a great resource for improving English literacy too. English Conversation Groups offer a casual, friendly environment to practise English, or you can borrow interactive learning resources online through the library catalogue to help improve your English skills at home. For more information, visit our online catalogue.

Getting ahead in Brisbane

Become an apprentice with Council

Our apprenticeship program provides training and work experience to help you graduate as a qualified tradesperson. Apprenticeships are available in industries including construction, automotive and horticulture. As well as technical training, apprentices develop skills in leadership, communication and career management. Find out more and apply.

Grants opening soon

Community groups and non-profit organisations are invited to apply for funding as part of the Lord Mayor's Community Sustainability and Environmental Grants program. Environmental grants support work that addresses environmental issues in our city, while sustainability grants help organisations reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions at their facilities. Applications for both grants open on Wednesday 29 October and close on Monday 10 December.


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07 September 2018