The new premises of the Townsville Intercultural Centre were opened today on Charters Towers Road in Hermit Park.
Townsville based Senator Ian Macdonald officiated at today’s event and welcomed a new phase in inter-cultural relations in Townsville.
“The Townsville Intercultural Centre has been serving the North Queensland community for 34 years,” said Senator Macdonald.
“The centre promoting community cohesion and education, and addresses the settlement needs of newly arrived refugees and migrants” he said.
Senator Macdonald pointed out that in these somewhat worrying times it has never been more important that groups like the Townsville Intercultural Centre promote inclusion and understanding.
“The Townsville Intercultural Centre engages and works with over 250 community, church, school, business, cultural, ethnic, service providers and government groups to generate positive outcomes for new arrivals.”
“The Intercultural centre also produces the annual Townsville Intercultural Festival which draws crowds of about 50,000 people showcasing international cultures in Townsville. This is a great outcome for the local community and for local tourism operators.”
Senator Macdonald also paid tribute to the Centre’s long standing Director Dr Farvardin Daliri OAM.
“Today’s celebration is not only about the Centre but also the energy, foresight and dedication that its director, Dr Farvardin Daliri OAM, puts into the organization” said Senator Macdonald.