Diversity in Culture
Marion celebrates its diverse community and recognises that: "as a source of exchange, innovation and creativity, cultural diversity is as necessary for humankind as biodiversity is for nature." (UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, 2002)
Cultural differences are fundamental to the identity of the city including ethnicity, sexuality, religious and generational diversity. The City of Marion supports and works in partnership with culturally diverse and Aboriginal people through community cultural development projects, programs and events. For current projects visit the Arts & Cultural Festivals, Events & Projects page.
- A Community Grants Program with two categories which support applications from culturally and religiously diverse communities.
- Staff participate in the Centrelink Multicultural Forum and other networks to support understanding of issues facing new arrivals and other multicultrual communities.
- Citizenship Ceremonies, whereby citizenship candidates take the pledge of allegiance to Australia and are officially pronounced Australian Citizens. The City of Marion hosts approximately five ceremonies per year.
- The Marion Library service offers a languages other than English collection including books, newspapers, DVD's and CD's. It also offers online languages courses with over 80 languages to select from.
- Neighbourhood Centre programs and English Language programs.
- Home and Community Care translated information and use of interpreters.
Annual arts and cultural events supported by the City of Marion include Harmony Day in March and Reconciliation Week in May.
Marion Celebrates Many Cultures, One Earth is a biennial community festival to celebrate the city's identity and cultural vitality. The next festival is in March 2017.
Community Connections - Guide for new arrivals and refugees
Community Connections is a guide which was developed by seven Councils, including the City of Marion, and the Australian Refugee Association in 2007.
It aims to assist new arrivals and people who are unfamiliar with written English to understand the role of Councils and the services Councils provide.
The booklet Community Connections Guide(1362 kb) is also a useful tool for students and residents to get a good overview about Local Government.
The Living in Harmony initiative is designed to challenge all Australians to take a stand against racism, prejudice and intolerance. Harmony Day is about practising justice, equality, fairness and developing friendship.
It coincides with International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March each year.
For current projects visit the Arts & Cultural Festivals, Events & Projects page.
Refugee Friendly Declaration
On the 26 August 2003, Marion Council declared the City of Marion a Refugee Friendly City, supported and endorsed by the Refugee Council of Australia.
This Declaration is a commitment in spirit to welcoming refugees into our community, upholding the human rights of refugees, demonstrating compassion for refugees and enhancing cultural and religious diversity in our community.
The City of Marion supports the Australian Refugee Association's Scholarship Program. The program supports refugees to participate in education programs.
Cultural Development Officer
Phone: 8375 6600