Stories of Welcome – Volume 5

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Ideas for building a culture of welcome, Volume 5 Each year case studies from some of Welcoming Cities’ member councils are collected and compiled in this series. They offer examples of programs, policy shifts, new initiatives and strategic collaborations that highlight the excellent work happening in the country. As Welcoming … Read More

Wollongong City Council, NSW

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Approximate population 215,00021% overseas born16% use a language other than English at home3.2% Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Wollongong City Council recognised that as a city with almost 60 kilometres of coastline it has an important role in ensuring the safety of multicultural communities in the water. They actively partner … Read More

Ellen Han

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Ellen Han

Ellen Han is a Community Development Officer at Logan City Council in Queensland. Ellen is an empathic and dedicated community development practitioner, who creates connections and builds community. She is committed to serving her community and was instrumental in Logan City Council achieving Advanced Welcoming Cities accreditation in 2023. Ellen … Read More

Expand Your Library

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Expand Your Library seeks to inspire and educate young ones through diverse literature, visual materials and immersive workshops. They believe in promoting diversity and inclusivity in all aspects of life, including children’s education, creating allies in the next generation. Expand Your Library is the 2024 winner of the Welcoming Awards … Read More

Stories of Welcome – Volume 4

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Strategies and case studies for building a Welcoming City Stories of Welcome is a growing collection of case studies from some of Welcoming Cities’ member councils, offering a brief example of some of the great work that is happening in communities across Australia. Volume 4 shares 10 case studies from … Read More

Welcoming Cities Awards for Change – Local Government Category – City of Melbourne

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Commitment to action for Victoria’s international students City of Melbourne, VICApproximate population 154,00055% overseas born0.5% Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Through advocacy, strong messaging and essential support initiatives, the City of Melbourne brought the international student population back to 92% of pre-pandemic levels, helping the City to become more energised … Read More

Welcoming Cities Awards for Change – organisation, Your Community Health

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Your Community Health Your Community Health is in the City of Darebin, Vic Approximate population 150,000 31% overseas born 1% Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander To decrease food insecurity and increase meaningful connection among Arabic-speaking communities, they delivered Rebuilding Together – Community, Cooking and Connection Project in partnership with Victorian … Read More

Empowering diverse communities to represent in local government decision-making

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Glenorchy City Council, Tasmania  Approximate population 51,000  22% overseas born  5.4% Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander  As part of a push to ensure elected members of Glenorchy City Council reflect the diversity of the community, Multicultural Council of Tasmania (MCoT) and the Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) partnered with the council … Read More

The Aqua English Project

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The Aqua English Project won the inaugural Welcoming Cities Awards for Change in the community category. Welcoming Cities spoke with refugee lawyer Sarah Scarce to discuss The Aqua English Project and how important it is to ensure people from diverse backgrounds understand water safety. Sarah and her mother, Julia Dixon, … Read More

Stories of Welcome – Volume 3

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Strategies and case studies for building a Welcoming City Stories of Welcome is a growing collection of case studies from some of Welcoming Cities’ member councils, offering a brief example of some of the great work that is happening in communities across Australia. Volume 3 shares 14 case studies from … Read More

Nick and Kate Land

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Nick and Kate Land, won the inaugural Welcoming Cities Awards for Change in the individual category. Nick and Kate own the Cunnamulla Bakery located in the Paroo Shire in outback South West Queensland. Over the years they have found it difficult to attract and retain staff. However, a few small … Read More

Championing for the health of the community

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Hume City Council, VIC Winner of the Welcoming Cities Awards for Change in the local government category. Approximate population 250,00035% overseas born0.7% Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Faced with increased Covid-19 cases and low vaccination rates, Hume City Council used an integrated approach to engage with the community. Hume City … Read More

Stories of Welcome – Volume 2

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Strategies and case studies for building a Welcoming City Stories of Welcome is a growing collection of case studies from some of Welcoming Cities’ member councils, offering a brief example of some of the great work that is happening in communities across Australia. Volume 2 shares 15 case studies across … Read More

Help Your Neighbour

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The City of Greater Bendigo, VicApproximate population 116,000. 7% overseas born. 1.7% Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. The ‘Help Your Neighbour’ campaign is a community led response to help vulnerable people during the Covid-19 pandemic. During the Covid-19 pandemic, staff at The City of Greater Bendigo and Bendigo Foodshare saw … Read More

Stories of Welcome – Volume 1

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Strategies and case studies for building a Welcoming City Stories of Welcome is a collection of nine case studies, from some of Welcoming Cities’ member councils, showcasing a small sample of the great work that is happening in communities across Australia. Our members recognise the value of diversity to the … Read More

Not all children can see themselves in a blonde Barbie

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Diversity is a case of child’s play In the 1940s, psychologists Mammie and Kenneth Clark conducted a test using toy dolls to study young children’s racial perceptions. The study, colloquially known as The Doll Test used four dolls, identical except for their colour. The children, all African-American, were asked to identify which … Read More

Engaging Diverse Communities is Everyone’s Job

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The City of Stirling in Australia has a new network of diversity champions. In local government, engaging diverse communities is everyone’s job.  As with many local governments across Australia, the responsibility for engaging and including diverse communities often lies with a stand alone community development department. Generating awareness and sharing … Read More