Cultural diversity

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Building culturally diverse and inclusive communities

The City of Greater Bendigo is committed to ensuring equitable access, social inclusion and respect for human rights for all people who live and visit our city.

The City continues to work towards building an inclusive community where all residents have a sense of belonging regardless of ethnicity, cultural background or religion. To meet the growing demand of a diverse population and to achieve the many associated benefits, the City is leading the progress of a Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Plan (CDIP).     

Greater Bendigo is becoming increasingly culturally diverse. The percentage of Greater Bendigo residents born overseas has risen to 7 per cent, with 2 per cent of households speaking a language other than English at home.

City of Greater Bendigo – A Refugee Welcome Zone

In 2002, the City of Greater Bendigo signed a Refugee Council of Australia declaration to state its commitment to welcome refugees into our community. This declaration, which remains current, signifies our organisation’s commitment to demonstrating compassion for refugees and to supporting their cultural and religious diversity.

Refugee Week 2018

This year the City of Greater Bendigo in our work in cultural diversity and inclusion has been working with a group of local individuals and organisations to bring together a fantastic program of events supporting refugees and human rights for Greater Bendigo.  The program will include a variety of events including forums, movies, lunches, debates and activities.  The flyer below has a list of the activities with times and locations.

City of Greater Bendigo Refugee Week Flyer

Community Human Rights Forum

Theme: But Where Are You Really From?

The City of Greater Bendigo in partnership with Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services (LCMS) ran a Community Human Rights Forum - But Where Are You Really from? on Friday 16 March 2018 at the Ulumbarra Theatre. 

The Forum was a part of the 2018 ZINDA Festival (previously Bendigo Festival of Cultures) and provided an opportunity for the local community to come together and discuss the importance of multiculturalism and human rights for a more welcoming, liveable and inclusive city. 


Contact us

For more information please contact the Inclusive Communities Officer - Cultural Diversity and Inclusion on 03 5434 6000 or email [email protected]

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