Glenorchy City Council has launched the recently adopted Glenorchy Multicultural Community Spaces Plan (see links below) which aims to increase access to community spaces and facilities for multicultural groups for community, cultural and religious activities.
The Plan was funded through a $100,000 grant from the State Government.
A key recommendation has been to repurpose the existing Hopkins Street Centre (Old Moonah Arts Centre) building into the State’s first Multicultural Hub to actively support the needs of newly arrived migrants in partnership with the multicultural services sector and the communities themselves.
Glenorchy Mayor Alderman Kristie Johnston said the establishment of the Hub reflected Council’s commitment to welcome new arrivals from all countries and work with them to build on the multicultural traditions in the community, which was identified in the City of Glenorchy Community Plan 2015-2040.
“When compared to the rest of the community, many multicultural groups, especially newly arrived residents, have the least access to community and cultural spaces,” she said.
“It’s great to be able to repurpose a facility that is well known to the community with a history of being a centre of arts and cultural life, to provide a transitional space for multicultural groups.
“Glenorchy City is highly diverse compared to Tasmania and even Hobart -
7.4 % of our residents speak a language other than English at home, compared to 6.4% of the Greater Hobart region and 4.5% of the entire state. This figure rises to 15% in Moonah which further reinforces the decision to locate the Hub there.”
Establishing a Hub in Moonah has the full support of the Moonah Business Community Inc (MBC).
MBC Secretary Jonathan Hodgkin of Magnolia 73 Café believes the Hub builds on the benefits to businesses arising from being located in one of Tasmania’s most diverse suburbs, including the increases to foot traffic on weekends and after hours.
“The Multicultural Hub in Moonah presents all businesses with many opportunities to learn from our multicultural customers about their tastes and foods, their lifestyles and needs, while sharing our cultures and lives,” he said.
“The members of the Moonah Business Community enjoy the diversity of all the people who have come to live in our area, and the many ways we share our lives and livelihoods on a daily basis, which enriches us all.”
Mayor Johnston also acknowledged the work of the Project Steering Committee, which consisted of representation from Council, the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Department of Social Services, Red Cross, the Migrant Resource Centre, CatholicCare Tasmania and the Multicultural Council of Tasmania.
“The Steering Committee consulted extensively with cultural groups and the broader community, so the Plan recognises the changing composition of the City and outlines actions that address some of the challenges that newly arrived (and not so newly arrived) communities face,” she said.
Other key recommendations in the Plan include:
The Multicultural Community Spaces Plan can be viewed on the Glenorchy City Council's website. Hard copies of the report can be requested by phoning 6216 6800.
- A Community Development program to match up groups needing space with available community spaces and facilities, including existing clubs that have excess capacity;
- Seeking funding support from all levels of government;
- Collaborating with Greater Hobart Councils to address needs across the metropolitan region;
- Exploration of a part time multicultural youth space at the Cresswell-Beakley Stand at the KGV precinct Glenorchy.