THE City of Wanneroo is celebrating Harmony Week with events designed to promote multiculturalism and encourage inclusiveness and respect within the community.
During Harmony Week, which runs from March 15-21 Storytime at the Clarkson and Yanchep-Two Rocks libraries will teach the city’s youngest residents about Western Australia’s cultural diversity.
Multiculturalism will be celebrated at the city’s annual Global Beats & Eats event on Saturday, March 17 at Paloma Park in Marangaroo, where visitors will be treated to sounds and tastes from around the world.
More than 40 per cent of the City of Wanneroo’s population were born overseas and 20 per cent of residents speak a language other than English at home, with the most common languages being Vietnamese, Afrikaans, Arabic, Gujarati, Filipino and Mandarin.
Mayor Tracey Roberts said she hoped Harmony Week would be embraced by the community.
“The City of Wanneroo is a diverse and vibrant community and we aim to offer a variety of events and programs designed to celebrate our multiculturalism,” she said.
“Communities that embrace diversity help create a sense of belonging and harmony for all residents regardless of their cultural, religious, linguistic or ethnic background.
She said the city recently surveyed residents about their views on the topics of multiculturalism, reconciliation and disability.
“Survey results are being used to develop the city’s existing access and inclusion, and reconciliation plans and guide our work in these areas.