Georges River Council acknowledges and values the wide range of attributes of the culturally and linguistically diverse communities that play a key role in forming the strong social and economic character of the Council area.
In 2011 37% of people in the Georges River Council were born in countries where English was not their first language. Many Georges River residents come from China, Hong Kong, Greece, Macedonia, Italy, Lebanon, New Zealand, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Spain and the Philippines.
A more complete picture of the cultural diversity of the Georges River population may be found in The Georges River Council Community Profile.
Council's services are based on the principles of multiculturalism, which encourages inclusion and participation of multicultural communities, to ensure their needs are addressed through culturally appropriate services.
Community Development Programs
Council offers a variety of community development programs and initiatives that improve access of multicultural groups to Council's services such as Council Open Days. The programs also aim to promote harmony and enhance cultural and religious diversity in our community through events such as Harmony Day and Interfaith and Peace Forums.
Council supports an annual Refugee Week event in declaration of its commitment to welcoming refugees and to highlight their achievements in our community.
Council develop resources in several community languages which improves its communications with multicultural communities.
Council conducts community consultations on a regular basis to identify emerging community needs. This informs our policy and resource development and improves our engagement with multicultural communities.
Georges River Council organises Open Days for the local Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities on a regular basis. The purpose of the Open Day is to let the community learn about the different services and sections of Council and gain more information on the role and functions of local government in general. To find out when Council will hold its next Open Day, contact Council on 9330 6400.
Language Aide Program
Council offers a language assistance program through our language aide officers who are available to assist residents who have difficulty communicating in English and are seeking information about Council services.
Language aides are available for the following languages:
We partner with other organisations to ensure multicultural communities in the local area stay informed and resourced.
For more information on Georges River Council's Language Aide Program, contact 9330 6400.
Migrant Information Day
Council is a major sponsor to the annual Migrant Information Day which is held each October by the St George Multicultural Network Interagency. This event provides newly-arrived migrants and refugees in the region with information on services, facilities and support groups and includes a celebration of multicultural food and music.
Library Community Languages
Council’s libraries have a number of community language collections in the following languages: