August is Queensland Multicultural Month, the State’s largest celebration of our cultural and linguistic diversity. There are few better examples of this remarkable diversity than our local community.
According to the 2016 Census almost one-in-four people in the Sandgate electorate were born overseas. 10.7 percent were born in an English Speaking Background country, the top five being New Zealand, England, South Africa, Scotland and Ireland. Whereas 13.7 percent were born in a non-English Speaking Background country and the top five are India, Philippines, Fiji, China and Papua New Guinea.
14.6 percent of Sandgate residents speak a language other than English at home. The most common are South Asian languages like Punjabi, Southeast Asian Austronesian languages like Tagalog, Chinese languages, Italian and Samoan.
Our beliefs are just as diverse. 57.4 percent of locals are affiliated with a Christian religion, 6.3 percent identify with other religions including Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism and Judaism. Whereas 28.1 percent follow no religion at all.
I am very proud that people from all over the world have come to call our Bayside community home. I hope you join with me this August in celebrating that rich diversity and take part in some of the great activities happening for Queensland Multicultural Month. Together we can make Sandgate and Queensland a united, harmonious and inclusive place where everyone belongs.
For more info about Queensland Multicultural Month: https://www.dlgrma.qld.gov.au/multicultural-month.html