Minister visits Rocky ahead of Taste of the World Festival
MINISTER for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs Glen Elmes will visit Rockhampton today to meet with multicultural and Australian South Sea Islander representatives.
Mr Elmes said the visit will give him the opportunity to hear firsthand about issues of importance to South Sea Islander, migrant, refugee and Muslim communities in Central Queensland.
"Rockhampton Local Government area has the second largest population of Australian South Sea Islanders in Queensland, and more than 10,000 people in Rockhampton were born overseas," Mr Elmes said.
"From all accounts, there's a high degree of community harmony across Central Queensland between different cultural groups, but individuals still experience occasional issues with access to services and assistance.
"The Taste of the World Festival on this weekend is an excellent example of where the Rockhampton community comes together to celebrate cultural diversity.
"The best way to identify areas of need and minimise the potential for service gaps is to talk directly to the people affected, to hear their stories and to hear their experience in settling into Australian life.
Mr Elmes said it's important for all levels of government to work together and with non-government organisations to ensure available services are consistent with the needs of people who use them.