Building inclusive communities – regional conversations about belonging
In June and October 2017, the ADCQ and the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) held community conversations in Hervey Bay, Sunshine Coast and Townsville. These conversations were forums, which sought to support regional communities in strengthening inclusion and community cohesion. The community conversations were co-hosted by Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Tim Soutphommasane, and Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, Kevin Cocks. They focused on cultural acceptance, community harmony, and rejecting racism. In total, an estimated 145 people took part in the process.
While in Hervey Bay, Sunshine Coast and Townsville, the Commissioners also took the opportunity to meet with local councils, businesses, community groups and non-government organisations to discuss building strong and inclusive communities.
The ADCQ will continue to work with the communities to support the actions stemming from the conversations.