Lake Mac committed to maintaining a multicultural City
Lake Macquarie would become a more welcoming and accessible place for its one in 10 residents born overseas under a new diversity strategy.
Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser said the draft Culturally Diverse Lake Mac Plan 2021-2024 would continue to strengthen diversity and support inclusion of new residents to the City.
The plan outlines how Council will act to strengthen social harmony and counteract the negative impact of systemic racism and inequality on individuals, groups and the broader community.
It will ensure everyone has access to a high level of participation in social, economic and cultural life.
“Welcoming people of all different cultures and backgrounds shapes the beautiful place we live in, and we’re all the better for it,” Cr Fraser said.
“I look forward to hearing the community’s feedback and seeing our City’s diversity and multicultural community continue to grow”.
Manager Community Partnerships Andrew Bryant said more than 10 per cent of people in Lake Mac were born overseas and one in 20 spoke a language other than English at home.
“We want Lake Macquarie to be a welcoming community that embraces all newcomers, regardless of culture, religion or background,” Mr Bryant said.
“It’s critical to consider the diverse needs of individuals and groups in the pursuit of a more harmonious and accepting society.”
Reena Bilen, a proud Australian with family roots in the Punjab region of Northern India, said the plan provided opportunities for Lake Mac residents to learn more about their culturally diverse neighbours.
"I love living in a community that celebrates its indigenous and multicultural residents," Ms Bilen said.
“Promotion of a multicultural Lake Mac is crucial - it normalises residents of different colours, backgrounds and faiths, and promotes acceptance of all.”
“This draft plan is a great step in enhancing Lake Macquarie’s status as a multicultural City.”
The Draft Culturally Diverse Lake Mac Plan 2021-2024 will be on public exhibition 23 March-20 April.
Go to shape.lakemac.com.au to view the plan and provide feedback.