Local Area Multicultural Partnership (LAMP) Program
The Local Area Multicultural Partnership (LAMP) Program is a partnership between State Government through Multicultural Affairs Queensland (MAQ) and participating Queensland councils.
Councils participating in the current LAMP Program include Gold Coast, Brisbane, Cairns, Cassowary, Gladstone, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Mackay, Moreton Bay, Rockhampton, Toowoomba and Townsville.
The LAMP Program has enabled Gold Coast City Council to employ a Project Officer, who sits within Council’s Social Development and Community Safety Branch. By participating within the Program, it has enabled Council to:
- increase the understanding of Council roles and responsibilities to people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds through the translation of information and planned information sessions.
- develop internal resources to support Council officers to better assist the CALD community.
- implement an effective cross cultural training program, to educate Council officers on multicultural policies demographics and information, as well as provide officers tools and strategies to effectively assist our CALD community.
- participate in multicultural events, festivals and initiatives, to support the CALD community to access services, and to promote an inclusive and harmonious city.
- engage with key multicultural organisations and community groups to understand current difficulties experienced by people from CALD backgrounds in the City, and develop and advocate for strategies to better support its community.
- link government agencies to Gold Coast City's CALD community, and vice versa.
- promote and encourage the CALD community to be involved in Council strategies and initiatives.
- promote multicultural projects, events and information to both external and internal contacts.
- attend numerous multicultural network meetings.
- assist the community with their enquiries relating to multiculturalism.
The LAMP program began at Gold Coast City Council in January 2000 following a pilot program in 1996. The initiatives undertaken as part of the LAMP program are based on the objectives of the Queensland Government Multicultural Policy 2011 – A multicultural future for all of us. In particular the LAMP Program aims to:
- increase accessibility to council programs, services, planning and decision making processes for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.
- increase participation by people from CALD backgrounds in community programs, activities and events supported or delivered by Council.
- improve community understanding of multiculturalism and its benefits and/or promote intercultural understanding, respect and harmony.
Social Development and Community Safety Branch
Gold Coast City Council
Bundall Administration Centre
135 Bundall Rd, Bundall
Phone: (07) 5581 6642
Fax: (07) 5581 5203