“We strongly believe that all Canberrans are beneficiaries of multiculturalism and this diversity strengthens the fabric of the ACT community.”
Giulia Jones MLA
Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs
The Canberra Liberals are proud of our multicultural history. Multiculturalism has played an important part in the making of modern Canberra and has been integral to cultivating inclusion and social cohesion.
Canberra truly is a multicultural city with approximately 25 per cent of our population being born overseas and thousands of international students coming to study here each year.
As the nation’s capital city, Canberra is also home to over 90 diplomatic missions and embassies, adding to our diverse community.
Canberrans have wholeheartedly embraced this diversity and encouraged the social and economic benefits this has brought to our city.
As Canberra Liberals we are dedicated to encouraging the participation of Australians from all cultural backgrounds in all areas of society in Canberra.
- Community Development Grants Program
To further strengthen the important community bonds created by cultural activity, the Canberra Liberals will provide up to $200,000 towards a Community Development Grants Program, which will fund multicultural projects across the ACT.
Funding will be available to various multicultural community organisations for one off purchases of equipment or upgrades to facilities and buildings, with projects capped at $2,000 each.
Examples of such projects may include a new information technology system for a cultural group, new sporting equipment for a soccer club, or as simple as new comfortable furniture for breastfeeding mothers to feed their infants on while visiting a multicultural club.
A Liberal government is committed to supporting our multicultural community that has enriched the lives of all Canberrans in a myriad of ways.
- Facilitating land release for multicultural groups
Each year our multicultural communities celebrate their culture through music, dance, cultural demonstrations, sporting events, religious activities, language classes and much more.
Canberra is home to many multicultural clubs and organisations that represent a multitude of cultures, offering the opportunity for people who share a common heritage to meet and socialise.
These clubs and organisations need access to land on which to build their clubs, organisations and religious sites, however this has not been forthcoming under the current Labor Greens Government.
The Canberra Liberals will work closely with multicultural groups across the ACT to reduce barriers to releasing land to be used as religious or multicultural building sites.
We acknowledge the concerns and frustration of many in the multicultural community about the inequity of land release decision making of the current ACT Labor Greens Government.
Given those concerns, we will establish a Community Advisory Council to make recommendations to the Government on land release matters. The Council will be co-chaired by an expert on land release matters and a respected leader from within the community.
The Advisory Council will provide informative consultation and recommendations on proposed land releases affecting the multicultural community.
The Canberra Liberals are committed to informed, consultative and fair decision-making.
Even though the social role of multicultural festivals is fairly well-recognised, associated economic benefits to the wider community are just as important.
- Helping women from non-English speaking backgrounds
The Canberra Liberals understand the difficulties faced by women from other cultures, particularly refugees, who have made their home in Canberra.
Women from non-English speaking countries often find it difficult to attend English language classes once they arrive due to family care responsibilities, thus making it harder for them to integrate as they would wish to.
We will provide $20,000 per year for additional child minding support to ensure women from non-English backgrounds are able to attend English language classes. We believe learning English is important for women to settle into everyday life and connect socially with others.