News

Strategy released as migrant population increases

CELEBRATION and promotion of cultural diversity in the region is at the heart of a new Gladstone Regional Council strategy, which will fittingly be launched at the opening of Multicultural Week tonight.

The council's 2014-2019 Cultural Diversity Strategy aims to help Gladstone's burgeoning migrant population integrate into society, said the council's multicultural community relations officer, Luis Arroyo.

Since 2001 the number of first generation migrants in Gladstone has increased four-fold because of Australian Government incentives for skilled migrants to move here, Mr Arroyo said.

First generation migrants now account for 20% of the Gladstone region's population.

Many of the first generation migrant population speak English as a second language, and benefit from help in developing English skills and learning about Australian culture.

Explanation of the health system, social system, legal system and how to interact with police were areas where explanation and assistance was valued by newcomers, Mr Arroyo said.

A key focus of the strategy will be fostering relationships across the business and service community to support the important work of local not-for-profit organisations.

"We're looking to see what resources we have in the community and what are the needs and gaps and how can we best work together to avoid duplication, knowing that funding from the state and federal government has become increasingly scarce," he said.

"We are trying to work hard, to establish alliances and partnerships to deliver those needs."

Multicultural Week starts on Friday, culminating in the Gladstone Region Multicultural Festival on Sunday, August 3.

MULTICULTURAL WEEK: WHAT'S ON

Friday

6pm: Opening ceremony at CQUniversity Gladstone campus, Leo Zussino Building

7pm: International movie night at CQUni

Tomorrow

8am: 2014 Qld Open Chess Tournament at CQUni

7pm: International movie night at CQUni

Sunday

9am: 2014 Qld Open Chess Tournament at CQUni

10am: Basketball competition between Filipino communities of Gladstone and Rockhampton at Kev Broome Stadium

Curtis Coast literary dinner at Scottie's

Topics:  diversity, gladstone regional council, multicultural



Gladstone coaches, teams, helped Welch make it to Storm

John, Brendan, Christian and Terry Welch after Melbourne Storm won last week.

Welch credits his Gladstone coaches, teams for his success.

Snake catchers offer free info session after near-fatal taipan bite

HOOKED: Lachlan Gilding and Max Jackson will promote snake safety to Agnes Water next week.

A free snake awareness session at Agnes Water this Monday.

Lessons shared one tribe to another

LESSONS SHARED: PCCC's Michael Eggmolesse, Greg Blackman, Kitselas council's Roxanne Ridle, Cherissma Blackman, Kitselas Debbie Moore, Kitselas land and resources council staff member Noel Argueta, Nat Minniecon, Richard Johnson and Naomi Johnson.

Impact on cultural heritage, jobs for Indigenous with three projects

Local Partners

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E6: Suckas Need Bodyguards review

Rosario Dawson and Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E5: Just To Get A Rep review

Mahershala Ali, centre, in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E4: Step In The Arena review

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Rob Kardashian admits his first crush was his sister Kim

Rob Kardashian once had a crush on his sister Kim Kardashian West.

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E3: Who's Gonna Take The Weight

Mahershala Ali in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E2: Code of the Streets review

Simone Missick and Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

'Flex muscles': Gladstone suburb drops $120K

BUYERS are scooping unprecedented deals by “flexing their muscles at the table”

Few bright lights for property after mining downturn

The Gladstone Regional Council wants associated LNG companies like Bechtel to be apart of the EIS housing accommodation strategy from the outset of the projects and not mid-way through.

Tannum Sands continues to write its own property success story

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'