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Nominations open for the 2024 Multicultural Queensland Awards

NOMINATIONS are now open for the 2024 Multicultural Queensland Awards, honouring individuals and organisations for their exceptional contributions to multiculturalism in Queensland.

These awards provide a platform to showcase the remarkable and innovative efforts of individuals and groups in strengthening Queensland communities, ensuring that everyone feels supported to connect, contribute, and belong.

A new category, the Lifetime Achiever award, has been introduced this year to recognise individuals who have demonstrated longstanding dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion in their communities.

Last year’s winners included Peter Bongiorni, President of the Ukrainian Community of Queensland, who received the Minister’s Multicultural Award for his tireless advocacy and support for Queensland’s Ukrainian community, particularly those affected by conflict.

Other recipients included Faysel Ahmed Selat from the Somali Community Association of Queensland, honoured with the Outstanding Contribution by a New Queenslander award, and Dr Maggy Lord from the University of Queensland, recognised as the Diversity and Inclusion Champion (Individual).

Minister for Child Safety, Minister for Seniors and Disability Services and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Charis Mullen said the awards will focus on recognising Queenslanders who are working tirelessly towards a more inclusive multicultural state.

“The awards are an opportunity to showcase the passion and commitment of individuals, groups and organisations who go above and beyond to foster stronger, more inclusive communities,” he said.

“This includes recognising contributions made by people who are newly arrived to Queensland, practical ways people have helped others find belonging, and exceptional multicultural sector efforts that are innovative and intercultural.”

Nominations for the 2024 Multicultural Queensland Awards provide an opportunity to recognise and celebrate those who are breaking down barriers, building intercultural connections, and actively contributing to a more inclusive, harmonious, and united community.

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