2011 Harmony Day Celebrated at Cairns West Community Centre!
Harmony Day is celebrated around Australia on 21 March each year. It’s a day where all Australians celebrate our cultural diversity.
The day is also the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination..
In 2011 in Cairns, celebrations took place at the Cairns West Community Centre!
Harmony Day gives people the opportunity to celebrate what makes each Australian unique and share what we have in common.
The continuing message for Harmony Day in 2011 is that Everyone Belongs, which means all Australians are a welcome part of our country, regardless of their background. It’s a time to reflect on where Australia has come from, recognising the traditional owners of this land.
Today at Cairns West Community Centre, Mayor Val Schier spoke of the talents and abilities immigrants bring and the need to celebrate a diverse society.
Deputy Mayor Margaret Cochrane and Councillors Rob Pyne and Kirsten Lesina were also present, as was Council Manager Ian Lowth and several key staff members from his Community Development Unit.
Garry Roberts from the Department of Communities spoke of the history of the community centre and Aunty Evelyn spoke for the indigenous people.
Members of the Cairns Bhutanese Community also attended to celebrate Harmony Day with prayer and song.
Cr. Pyne said, “It’s also about community participation, inclusiveness and respect – celebrating the
different cultures that make Australia a great place to live.”
Harmony Day began in 1999 and since then, a wide variety of groups including sports organisations, community groups, local government, schools and businesses have staged more than 25 000 Harmony Day events.
Over the years, Harmony Day has grown in popularity as Australians have made the day their own.