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Community Engagement: Inala Community Dinner

On Wednesday 4th December 2019, Inala Community House Community Engagement team helped organise Inala Community Dinner alongside our community partners as part of the Multicultural Community Network.

From 5pm-7.30pm, the free community event was held at PCYC Inala (37 Swallow St., Inala QLD). We were thrilled to have over 150 people from the community joining us, bringing a plate of cultural food, dance or music.

A quick welcome survey truly showed how diverse our community is:

Culture of Origin Attendee Count
Aboriginal 14
Australia 55
American 5
DR of Congo 21
Egypt 3
Eritrea 10
France 1
Holland 1
India 1
Iraq 3
Jordan 2
Liberia 3
New Zealand 3
Rwanda 17
Samoa 2
Sudan 2
Tongan 2
Vietnam 17

Languages spoken included:

English, Arabic, Vietnamese, Tigrinya, Maori, Swahili, Kinyarwanda, French and Dutch

Ages:

Approximately 25% aged under 16 and 25% aged over 40. Approximately 20 attendees aged over 55 and some over 60

Areas:

Over 85% from postcode 4077, then in order of attendance from postcode 4078, 4114 and 4703

The night’s theme was “Inala’s Past, Present and Future” as we reflected on the histories of Inala since before the colonisation and through the years until today.

During the event Brisbane City Council also requested community input about the development of Thrush Park situated next to PCYC Inala. It was a great opportunity for residents to have a say in the decision-making process in making our community a better place. The feedback from Council was very positive and the community were delighted to be part of the discussion.

Thank you to Young Stars Adungu – a community musical band founded by passionate South Sudanese youth. Everyone enjoyed the unique cultural music performance.

Thank you to James from Inala Youth Service as the event DJ organising sound and music, and emcee Joyce.

Thank you to Mission Australia for providing free nature craft activities and face-painting for the children.

Time for a big cultural feast together!

There were various interesting cuisines like Vietnamese, Ethiopian, Thai, halal, vegetarian options and more – something to try for everyone.

A big cake donated by MP Milton Dick to celebrate a wonderful turnout for our third Inala Community Dinner!

This event wouldn’t be possible without the awesome working team behind it all:

  • TAFE QLD
  • QPASTT
  • Multicultural Australia (formerly MDA)
  • ADA (Aged and Disability Advocates Australia)
  • Inala Youth Service
  • VCA (Vietnamese Community in Australia, QLD Chapter)
  • PCYC
  • QLD Police Liaison Officers
  • Mission Australia
  • Inala Community House
  • PICAC (Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care)/Diversicare
  • Max Employment
  • Brisbane City Council

 

Come join Inala Community House’s great community programs and activities. To contact us: 3372 1711 | info@ich.org.au | www.ich.org.au | www.Facebook.com/ICHAustralia | 38 Sittella Street, Inala QLD 4077