Finding strength through connections

29 Sep 2021
Healthy Community

Manningham is proactively creating a community where people of all cultural backgrounds are respected and valued.

Over two online forums, community leaders and key members of our multicultural communities met with Councillors and officers to identify how Manningham can best work with them now and into the future.

Mayor Cr Andrew Conlon said the initiative came out of the past 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While we’ve always had good relationships with our diverse and multi-cultural communities, the pandemic highlighted areas we could improve on,” he said.

“The forums helped us better understand the needs of our multicultural communities and determine the best methods to engage with each other.”

The forums were attended by 18 community leaders of various backgrounds and faiths.

The top three findings and suggestions from the forums include multicultural communities want:

  • a formal advisory mechanism to communicate with council and vice versa
  • an informal network to link community members with council and each other 
  • to partner with council to regularly celebrate and share cultural practices (such as cultural food, arts and performances) and to hold topical events with speakers and special guests. 

Manningham is reviewing the findings and a new multicultural advisory committee will be set up in the coming months.

Applications to be part of the forthcoming Multicultural Advisory Committee will be sought through a public nomination process and will be advertised on Council’s website in the coming weeks.