Maribyrnong City Council recognised as an Intercultural City

Published on 24 October 2018

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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.

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.

For more information about Council’s commitment, visit maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/interculturalcities

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