Federal State Treasurer, the Hon Jim Chalmers and State Treasurer, the Hon Cameron Dick, officially opened Multicultural Australia’s new Logan office and unveiled a specially commissioned Indigenous artwork on Friday, 8 September.
Minister Jim Chalmers (Rankin) and Minister Cameron Dick (Woodridge) represent culturally diverse electorates in Queensland.
Both commend Multicultural Australia’s (MA) vital work in Logan – Queensland’s most ethnically diverse city.
Multicultural Australia CEO, Christine Castley, said that Multicultural Australia is very keen for community to feel at home in the space, and access it for support and services that will help them feel a sense of belonging in their local community.
“This office space is purpose-built for our community – with prayer rooms, kids play areas, lounge areas and meeting rooms.
“For more than a decade, we have shared an office space with our partner organisation and good friends at QPASTT, reflecting the close relationship that we share through our co-location not just in Logan, but also in other Queensland locations such as Brisbane and Toowoomba.
“While we have now both moved to new spaces in Logan, we continue to work closely together.
“Many of our staff live in Logan – which means they know this community inside out and are passionate about the people they serve.
“And many of them also have lived experience as refugees and migrants, and all our staff apply a culturally humble and client centred practice framework.
“More than 50% of our clients settle in the Logan region.
“Over the next few months, we will welcome upwards of 800 displaced children and adults across Queensland.
“Our aim is to provide every new arrival not just with housing, health, schooling, and employment services, but also the foundations that everyone needs to establish themselves and ultimately position them on the path to Independence.”
Friday’s opening is another highlight as Multicultural Australia celebrates 25 years of advancing multiculturalism in Queensland.
Guests attending also had the opportunity to taste a selection of international dishes.
The special foods, prepared by home chefs from migrant and refugee backgrounds will feature at Multicultural Australia’s MOSAIC Festival at Roma Street Parklands on Sunday 17 September.