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Connecting Our Communities: Social Connection and Cultural Diversity in Regional and Rural Life

14 Aug 2017

In May 2017, the Cultural Diversity Hub Toowoomba held a two-day community-based forum on the ways in which social connection and cultural diversity intersect in regional and rural life.

Members of migrant and refugee communities, agency workers and community leaders met in keynote presentations, panels and workshops to explore how we connect as culturally diverse friends, colleagues and community members in a regional setting.

We considered how migration, community leadership, employment, education and health care, the family, gender and age, technology, the media and transnationalism affect how we connect as a regional community.

The attached forum communique summarises the discussions and was developed in consultation with forum participants including Mercy Community Services.

We hope this communique contributes to the larger conversation about the importance of cultural diversity and social connection in Australia’s regions and rural areas.

The forum was funded by Multicultural Affairs Queensland and was a lively and engaging exploration of these important issues for regional strength and wellbeing.

Download the forum communique.