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Multicultural Forum will focus on the big issues

Leste Marie Gigantana took part in USQ's Harmony Day celebrations this year
A community forum on multicultural issues such as migrants, refugees and cultural diversity will be run by the University of Southern Queensland this month.

The November 28 forum, supported by Toowoomba Regional Council, will provide the community with an opportunity to learn about and discuss the Queensland Multicultural Policy and how it will affect the Toowoomba and Darling Downs region.

Manager of the USQ Multicultural Centre William Conwell said the forum would discuss what the policy has done so far and what it will do in the future.

‘While these policies are something that affect the whole state, we’re going to be looking at how it will specifically affect the Darling Downs,’ Mr Conwell said.

‘We will have representatives of Federal, State and Local Government at the event who will be able to answer questions people may have about the policy.

‘We will also be holding a general discussion about important issues such as migrants, refugees, cultural diversity, youth, seniors and how to get our migrants and refugees employed and educated.’

Mr Conwell said all are welcome to attend the forum, provided they RSVP, adding that the forum would identify and encourage people to become involved in activities to benefit the entire community.

The Multicultural Policy document states that Queensland residents are comprised from more than 200 different cultural backgrounds, speak more than 220 languages and follow more than 100 faiths, and claims the state’s diversity underpins its economic prosperity and the success of Queensland’s social, cultural and intellectual endeavours.

The forum will be held from 10am to 3pm on Wednesday, 28 November at the Empire Church Theatre at 54-56 Neil Street, Toowoomba.

To reserve your seat (places are limited) register by Wednesday, November 21 at www.usq.edu.au/multicultural/multicultural-forum or for more information, contact Mr Conwell on 4631 1678 or william.conwell@usq.edu.au.

Media contact:
Jim Campbell, jim.campbell@usq.edu.au, 07 4631 2977
Callum Johnson, email: callum.johnson@usq.edu.au, Phone: 07 4631 1856
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