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City of Palmerston

PalmerstonThe City of Palmerston is located 20 kilometres south of Darwin in the Northern Territory and encompasses 18 established residential suburbs, with additional suburbs currently under development. Dubbed one of the country’s fastest growing cities, Palmerston currently boasts a 37,000 strong population. On 11 September 2013, the City of Palmerston proudly became the first Council in the Northern Territory to sign up as an official Refugee Council of Australia Refugee Welcome Zone, solidifying the region’s motto – A Place for People. Signing the Refugee Welcome Zone declaration is an extension of our commitment to promoting cultural harmony and diversity in the community. The City of Palmerston is a proud supporter of local cultural societies, groups, and organisations, awarding a number of financial assistance grants through the City’s Community Benefit Scheme to support grassroots level initiatives, programs, and events to support migrants and refugees.

City of Palmerston is committed to creating a community where all members enjoy equal access to the public domains, services, and programs as outlined in the City of Palmerston Community Plan and the Inclusive, Diverse and Accessible Policy Framework (IDA). 

While inclusion, diversity, and accessibility are often referred to in the context of people with lived experience of disability, we recognise that these principles are equally as important for groups including Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander people, people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds. We are committed to ensuring that through all our programs, events, interactions, and facilities we value and respect the diversity that makes our city unique. 

We promote unity and ensure that we embrace diverse cultures and work in ways which heal the past. We strongly oppose racism and choose to actively promote the strength of our culturally and linguistically diverse community. We recently facilitated a photography exhibition highlighting women from minority groups and marginalised populations within our community to increase visibility and highlight the beauty and strength of diversity, we are excited to have welcomed new citizens from more than 17 countries, and we regularly deliver bilingual Storytime in our library space, invited community members to facilitate/ lead the session and migrant and & refugee families to attend these sessions.

We have worked alongside a local up and coming not for profit organisation focusing on supporting individuals from minority groups and marginalised populations to host a cultural showcase where individuals and organisations were invited to show their traditional dress, language, music, and performance in celebration of Harmony Day.

We support local community groups to facilitate multicultural morning teas & lunches. We work alongside other organisations to offer free swimming lessons to new migrants and refugees living in Palmerston and have recently celebrated International Mother Languages Day by highlighting some of our bilingual team members on our social platforms, increasing visibility to promote the strength, value, and creativity that cultural diversity and multilingualism bring to our city.”


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