Community Engagement: 2019 Harmony Day

On Saturday 16th March 2019, Inala Community House (ICH) Community Engagement team co-organised a Harmony Day Inala community event with our valued partners:

  • Multicultural Community Network (MCN) as the main organiser
  • Queensland Government
  • Brisbane City Council
  • Councillor for Forest Lake Charles Strunk
  • Inala Youth Service
  • PICAC Queensland
  • Max Employment
  • Comepass Employment Services
  • Westside Community Services
  • Vietnamese Community in Australia
  • ADA Australia
  • Access
  • The Hub

Harmony Day is an annual celebration of Australia’s unique diversity by everyone who calls Australia home – from the traditional owners of the land to those who have come from many countries around the world. It is a day to celebrate peace, harmony and belonging across all cultures and backgrounds.

According to the 2016 census, Queenslanders come from more than 220 countries and territories, speak more than 180 languages and hold more than 110 religious’ beliefs. Almost 2 in 5 Queenslanders were either born overseas or had at least one parent born overseas. (source: http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2019/3/21/queenslanders-urged-to-celebrate-harmony-day)

From 9am-12pm, our Harmony Day event was held at Inala Civic Centre (156 Inala Ave, Inala QLD).

The event started with an energetic Aboriginal didgeridoo performance.

We also observed a minute of silence in remembrance of victims of the recent Christchurch attack.

From left to right: Haley’s partner Jono, Aboriginal performers and our ICH Community Engagement Manager Haley Kiata.

From left to right: ICH Managing Director Ross Paul, cultural performers and ICH Community Engagement Manager Haley Kiata.

Various cultural performances that captivated the essence of Harmony Day.

All smiles: Federal Member for Oxley Milton Dick, ICH Community Engagement Manager Haley Kiata and Councillor for Forest Lake Charles Strunk.

ICH staff Larissa and her mum.

Thank you to our Inala Community House team Haley and Larissa who brought their families along to help out at our stall. We provided free food such as hot dogs and fruit kebabs; as well as traditional cultural Samoan specialties like panikeke (donuts) and sua fa’I (banana soup).

The 2019 Harmony Day event was a great success as our team served free food to the bustling Saturday morning crowd. For example, we served over a hundred Samoan donuts! Everyone enjoyed themselves by eating, chatting and watching the cultural performances. Harmony Day is a day to connect. We’re glad to see so many happy faces,” said ICH team member Larissa.

To find out more about Harmony Day, visit www.harmony.gov.au.

You can contact Inala Community House 3372 1711 | info@ich.org.au | www.ich.org.au | www.Facebook.com/ICHAustralia | 38 Sittella Street, Inala QLD 4077.