Multicultural community invited to connect and share
The Sunshine Coast’s multicultural community has embraced the opportunity to share its rich culture by joining the Multicultural Conversations project, a collaboration between council and its partners.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said the Sunshine Coast has a diverse and growing multicultural population with one in every five people born overseas representing 156 countries, 45 faiths and 96 languages.
“There is no doubt our people and their diversity contribute to the colourful social fabric of the Coast,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“I had the honour of recently launching the state-government funded Multicultural Conversations project which provides a community engagement platform for council and partners to understand and address barriers to participation and social inclusion within the multicultural community.
“Importantly, the Multicultural Conversations project provides an opportunity for our multicultural community to share their rich culture and diversity and participate in an online survey.”
One story that has already been discovered during the Sunshine Coast Multicultural Conversations Program is that of the Donadel family who owned a successful farm producing bananas and pineapples in Mooloolah Valley.
Born in 1923, Mario Donadel travelled from Italy to Australia at the age of 13, with his twin sister Maria and his mother Lucia after taking nearly four months to travel to Australia by ship. The family then travelled from Sydney to join Antonio Donadel on a farm near Alstonville.
Mario was sent to an Australian school for a short period of time to learn English which he found extremely beneficial as he started to work.