Ipswich City Council
Ipswich City Council is committed to the continued development of an inclusive, harmonious and cohesive community and to enact a model of best practice in this area.
One of the greatest challenges facing Local Governments in view of changing population/demographic trends is its service response to the demands of a culturally diverse society. This involves Council being responsive in the areas of advocacy, planning and delivery of local government council programs and services to improve access and ensure the equal participation of all citizens in municipal life.
Ipswich City, along with Gold Coast Council was the first to research and implement community relations strategies in 1996. This pilot program informed the development of the Local Area Multicultural Partnerships (LAMP) Program, one of the major initiatives arising out of the Multicultural Queensland Policy. Today, this program involves partnership arrangements between the State Government and Local Council to promote access, participation and cohesion in our multicultural society.
In 1999 the Ipswich City Council adopted a Multicultural Access and Equity Policy to complement the Ipswich City Council Social Justice Policy.
Council through our policy is committed to the following principles and strives to:
To Promote Harmonious Community Relations in Ipswich.
Harmony Day Celebrations
Harmony Day is celebrated around Australia on March 21 each year. It's a day where all Australians celebrate our cultural diversity. The continuing message for Harmony Day is that Everyone Belongs, which means all Australians are a welcome part of our country, regardless of their background. Mayor Paul Pisasale and Councillors of the City of Ipswich invite you to be part the celebrations!
For more information please contact Cath Sweeney, Multicultural Project Officer on (07) 3810 7989.
Community Relations Plan (PDF, 708 kb)