Culturally Diverse People
Community Development Strategy 2014-2017
We have prepared the Community Development Strategy 2014-2017 to further develop relationships with the Townsville community. This document, which has replaced the existing ten strategic action plans, aims to guide decision making for Community Development over the next three years.
Inclusive Community Advisory Committee (ICAC)
The purpose of the Inclusive Community Advisory Committee (ICAC) is to be a peak body of community representatives to provide advice to Council on current and emerging social and community planning needs and opportunities, policy matters and to promote community leadership through a ‘collective impact’ approach.
For more information visit the ICAC website.
Council Supported Cultural Events, Programs and Initiatives
Townsville celebrates multiculturalism in many ways throughout the year – with music, performance and arts in theatres and galleries, with International food stalls at markets and festivals, but also with specific events to share the diversity of the region such as the annual Cultural Fest. Townsville City Council supports a range of events including some which are conducted at various times: The Greek Festival, River Festival, the North Queensland Basque Festival, Diwali (Hindu Festival of Lights), PNG Cultural Night and many others. For more information on upcoming events, please visit the Events Calendar.
Every year, the Council welcomes hundreds of Townsville residents as new Australian citizens. Citizenship Ceremonies are held every two months throughout the year to present certificates and gift packs to formally welcome new citizens. For information call 13 48 10.
Community Languages Collection - Library Services
CityLibraries is committed to the provision of resources for diverse cultural groups. Library Services maintain a rotating collection of over 600 titles in 27 languages, drawn from the State Library of Queensland collection. Visit the CityLibraries website for more information.
The main aim of Sister City contact is to create friendship and understanding between peoples and to lay a foundation of goodwill and exchange for future generations. All of Townsville's Sister Cities are situated in the Asia-Pacific region. Over the past fifteen years, Townsville has signed Sister City agreements with six cities. For more information visit our Sister Cities website.
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
The gallery presents a variety of exhibitions throughout the year, and has a strong commitment to representing culturally diverse art forms to the public. These exhibitions are supported by floor talks and guided tours with guest curators, artists and experts, to encourage understanding and celebration of the arts. Visit our gallery website for more information.
Request for foliage from our parks and botanic gardens
Townsville City Council recognises that our community at times may want to request the use of plants and other natural materials from Townsville’s local parks and botanic spaces for cultural, religious, educational and/or scientific purposes. To assist in supporting the local community, the Parks and Open Space team welcomes requests for foliage or items from plants from within Council Parks and Open Space that have a link to cultural, religious, educational and/or scientific purposes.
Support for migrants and refugees
To find out more about starting your new life in Townsville the following links to council programs and community organisations and agencies:
- Beginning a life in Australia (Australian Government, Department of Immigration and Citizenship provides information in English and 37 other languages about settling in Queensland and Australian Citizenship)
- Townsville Events
- Community Information Centre
- Townsville Sport and Recreation
- Townsville Health and Wellbeing
- Council's Community Plan
- Council's Community Grants
- Translating services
- Townsville Libraries
Disaster Information for Townsville Residents
- Emergency Management Queensland - fact sheets in other languages
- Townsville City Council Disaster Management
- Townsville Radio Stations for Storm Season
Townsville Settlement Agencies
For more information, please contact Community Services on 13 48 10