Moonah welcomes dedicated Multicultural Hub

CULTURALLY and linguistically diverse communities living in greater Glenorchy are set to benefit from the establishment of a brand new Multicultural Hub, to be managed by the Multicultural Council of Tasmania (MCOT).

Glenorchy City Council, in partnership with the Tasmanian Government, announced MCOT as the successful tenderer to run the centre, soon to be located in the former Moonah Arts Centre in Hopkins Street.

MCOT is a community membership-based organisation that aims to empower people from diverse and multicultural backgrounds, advocating for human rights, social justice, respect, equality and dignity.

Glenorchy City Council Commissioner Sue Smith recently joined Speaker of the House of Assembly Elise Archer to hand over the keys to MCOT’s chief executive officer Anna Reynolds.

A group of Bhutanese dancers were on site to celebrate the special occasion with some traditional dances.

Ms Reynolds said the organisation was delighted to be awarded the tender and was looking forward to working with the Council and the people of Glenorchy.

“MCOT works to build an inclusive society by providing information and promoting cultures, languages and multicultural issues in the community,” she said.

“Glenorchy has a growing culturally diverse population, which provides really exciting opportunities for the City and its people.”

Commissioner Sue Smith said census data from 2016 revealed that 12.5 per cent of Glenorchy’s population was born overseas and 8.7 per cent were from non-English speaking backgrounds.

“Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people born overseas had increased by 17.8 per cent and the number of people from a non-English speaking background had risen by 31 per cent,” she said.

“Of the 5,791 people living in Glenorchy who were born overseas, 25 per cent arrived in Australia within the five-years prior to 2016.

“Council continues to partner with the State Government to support this valuable project, making the space available and supporting the ongoing maintenance of the facility, while the Government has committed $200,000 over the next four-years to enable its ongoing success.”

As a long-term supporter of culturally and linguistically diverse communities, Ms Archer said it was “wonderful” to see her original concept and policy transform into a real outcome.

“MCOT will manage bookings for a multicultural centre for all communities to come together and gain an appreciation and understanding of a range of different cultures and faiths,” she said.

“The rich cultural diversity that migrant communities bring to Tasmania makes an invaluable contribution to the fabric of our society.

“I look forward to attending many more culturally and spiritually diverse events at this exciting new location, which is ideal for a range of events and activities.”

Caption: Multicultural Council of Tasmania chief executive officer Anna Reynolds, back left, Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer and Glenorchy City Council Commissioner Sue Smith with a number of Bhutanese dancers.