Intercultural cities

Council’s commitment to become an ‘intercultural city’

On 20 June 2017 Council endorsed the Community Plan 2017- 2021 with a commitment to “Facilitate the development of Maribyrnong as an ‘intercultural city’ that promotes inclusivity and diversity”. This commitment means that Council intends to officially become a member of the Intercultural Cities Programme.

What is the Intercultural Cities Programme?

The Intercultural Cities Programme is a Council of Europe initiative that supports cities internationally to review their policies through an intercultural lens and develop comprehensive intercultural strategies to enable them to manage diversity positively and realise their diversity advantage.

In 2017 the City of Ballarat became the first city in Australia to join the Intercultural Cities Programme and published their result of the Intercultural Cities Index. Other Australian cities are now in the process exploring the membership including the City of Melton, Salisbury City Council in South Australia and Logan City Council in Queensland.  

What is Council doing?

City of Maribyrnong Mayor, Cr Cuc Lam, has signed a statement of intent to become a member of the Intercultural Cities Programme. Following the official signing, a ceremonial signing was held on Wednesday 24 October at a Children’s Week event with local families in Braybrook.

The Mayor, along with CEO Stephen Wall, hosted a bilingual storytime session in English and Vietnamese, explaining the importance of cultural diversity in our City, and Council’s commitment to promoting inclusivity. The storytime booklet(PDF, 11MB) is a simple way to explain what it means to be an Intercultural City. 

Community members were invited to join the Mayor and CEO in the ceremonial signing to mark their interest in being part of an Intercultural City.

Cr Lam said that becoming an Intercultural City demonstrates Council’s commitment to being a community where everyone feels welcome.

“People from all around the world now call Maribyrnong home, and we want to make sure that everyone feels a sense of belonging and is given the opportunity to thrive.

“We are proud of our diversity, and we want to continue to foster and promote interculturalism,” Cr Lam said.

The Intercultural Cities Programme is an initiative that supports cities internationally to review their policies through an intercultural lens and develop comprehensive intercultural strategies to enable them to manage diversity positively and realise their diversity advantage.

The programme helps cities to empower all members of their community, regardless of where they are from, and to promote interaction between people of different backgrounds.

Building on our commitment to a strong and resilient community that celebrates its diversity, Council will work across our organisation and the community to create an Intercultural Strategy that builds and promotes intercultural learning, dialogue and relationships.

Find out more about the Intercultural Cities Program.

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