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Council to nominate representatives for new Multicultural reference group

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The City of Greater Bendigo is developing a Cultural Diversity Inclusion Plan (CDIP) and on Wednesday Council will be asked to nominate representatives for the Multicultural Round Table Reference Group.

A report to Council states the “cultural diversity of Bendigo is changing quite quickly”. There was a 26 per cent increase in people born overseas between the census in 2006 and 2011, while the increased number of residents from non-English speaking backgrounds is evident in citizenship ceremonies held by the City. There has been a 178 per cent increase in the number of people becoming Australian citizens from 2011/12 to 2013/14.

The report refers to employment opportunities, refugee settlement, international students and affordability as reasons why Bendigo’s cultural diversity has increased.

The CDIP will be a three-year community-wide plan that aims to:

  • Increase positive attitudes towards multiculturalism and embrace inclusion
  • Increase opportunities for inclusion and participation of culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse residents
  • Reduce racial and religious discrimination
  • Increase cultural inclusion within the municipality

The development of a CDIP responds, in part, to Recommendation 47 of the Independent Review of the City.

To view the Council Agenda visit www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/agendas

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