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Queensland Government media release

The Palaszczuk Government will highlight the roll-out of a state-wide social cohesion program with bold We Are Queensland television and online advertising, along with a social media campaign.

The TV ad features young Queenslanders from different backgrounds and cultures to help promote the benefits diversity brings to the economy and our state.
 
Multicultural Affairs Minister Grace Grace said violent, tragic and divisive events around the world and in Australia have shown how vitally important it is to maintain and build well connected communities.
 
“Creating a sense of belonging is our best defence in countering anti-social behaviours,” Ms Grace said.
 
“The Palaszczuk Government promotes a society where everyone is respected and fairly treated and can make a positive and valued contribution.
 
“At times, people especially young people can feel isolated and disconnected making them more vulnerable to negative influences which could lead to violence or physical harm to others.
 
“We will deliver targeted, place based initiatives to support marginalised individuals into jobs, volunteering training and community activities.”

Ms Grace said $7.4 million would be spent over the next four years to implement the We are Queensland Action Plan.
 
This is in addition to the $5 million allocated last year for a Taskforce to enhance social cohesion and counter violent extremism in Queensland.
 
“It is so important families feel a sense of belonging and can play and active role in their community,” Ms Grace said.
 
“They also play a key role in identifying early signs that an individual is vulnerable and may need support.
 
“However family members may be unsure about where to turn to for help.
 
“So supporting them to connect with other families and their broader community is the key.”

Applications will open today (Monday 3 July 2017) for not-for-profit groups to access grants between $5,000 and $20,000 under the We are Queensland Small Grants Program.
 
Eligible projects include: 

  • Linking of young people with different age and faith groups.
  • Enhancing community networks.
  • Sporting, musical, cultural and artistic interaction.

To find out more about We are Queensland and to view the ad, visit www.qld.gov.au/weareqld

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