Wangaratta embraces cultural diversity and actively promotes a wide range of initiatives that promote the benefits of a culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse community.
The Municipality of the Rural City of Wangaratta has a history of migration from past decades and the various cultural groups who have made the area their home have been essential to the growth and prosperity of the area.
The Municipality is a leading regional centre that embraces its vibrant cultural diversity, customs, languages and traditions that make our community unique. As a city we actively promote a wide range of initiatives that support and encourage the benefits of a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community.
Multiculturalism is a broad concept that recognises the right of all to equity and opportunities, irrespective of cultural, religious, linguistic or ethnic background.
The development of a Multicultural Strategy supports the ongoing commitment by Council to further collaborate and strengthen relationships with community, service providers, organisations and stakeholder agencies for the benefit of our multicultural community and address identified community needs.
The main goals of the Multicultural Strategy are:
This Strategy is about encouraging people from all backgrounds to fully participate in their community and in implementing the actions in this Strategy to assist in shaping how we will work with the multicultural communities of the Rural City of Wangaratta into the future.
Through this Strategy, Council will ensure it is better able to assist in responding to the new and changing needs of our multicultural community and will ensure it provides relevant and targeted services. Community input and feedback has been an essential mechanism in shaping this new plan and ensuring the best outcomes.
In partnership with other local organisations Harmony Day Celebrations are held in March annually. The aim of this event is for Wangaratta to celebrate and learn about cultural diversity through the sharing of culture, food, faith and conversation.
NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week Celebrations take place in July annually.
NAIDOC Week aims to promote to the wider community an understanding of, and respect for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, to encourage the development of positive attitudes towards Indigenous Australians and to inform the wider community about contemporary issues that affect Indigenous people and communities.
Wangaratta Rural City Council is committed to cultural diversity and leads by example. In 2013, the Wangaratta Government Centre celebrated through a multicultural lunch where staff brought a dish from a different cultural background and enjoyed learning more about the many different cultures that make our community the ultimate in liveability.
Visit the North East Multicultural Association website for further information.