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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. An ‘intercultural city’ has multiple nationalities, languages and beliefs with tools to manage diversity, cultural conflict, recognise/reconcile the first people and greater mixing and interaction between groups in public spaces.

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.

City of Maribyrnong officially became a member of the Intercultural Cities Programme on 24 October 2018. Our Intercultural Cities profile which includes results of the Intercultural Cities Index is now online. City of Maribyrnong is among 145 cities who are already members of the Intercultural Cities Network. Other Australian members of the network include Ballarat City Council and Melton City Council.  

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. 

Find out more about the Intercultural Cities Program.

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Reducing Racism

Have you experienced racism or intercultural conflict? The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission have released the project ‘Reducing Racism’ to make it easier for communities to seek action, dismantle rumours about different cultural groups of people, report racism and exercise their rights.

In partnership with Code for Australia, the Commission has developed a community reporting tool as an alternative to launching a formal complaint. The community reporting tool enables community members to make short, confidential reports directly to the Commission.