Mr Farvardin Daliri
Manager, Migrant Resource Centre Townsville/Thuringowa, Queensland
A Case Study of Cultural Development in Townsville Region
This is a PowerPoint presentation with many colourful pictures
and slides about the past six years of cultural development in
the Townsville region. This is a presentation which presents
factual picture of cultural development in a real case situation.
Six years ago Townsville was perceived to be a remote regional
country town, and was often referred to as a redneck town. Public
cultural activities and other events did not stage nor celebrate
cultural diversity and Indigenous heritage.
Since then, the Migrant Resource Centre has embarked on the
challenging task of promoting multiculturalism and reconciliation
and reflection of cultural diversity in arts, festivals, community
forums, sports and employment.
At the time this MRC operated with very limited running cost
and resources. Since then, the Townsville MRC has evolved and
systematically helped the larger mainstream community to develop
and gain a better understanding of and participation in cultural
The MRC has initiated and organised this region,s annual Cultural
Fest since the past six years. Cultural Fest 2000 hosted 30,000
people from all walks of life. A reconciliation march was organized
in conjunction with this most popular regional festival and brought
on to the streets 5000 strong supporters marching from Harmony
Park to the Cultural Fest venue. The establishment of the monument
of Unity in Diversity is another major achievement by the Migrant
This presentation will outline some of our challenges in this
region, the process of community development, use of media, success
stories and some important unresolved questions:
o If so much could be achieved with very little input why can't
the system as a whole do more?
o Why does racism still operate in implicit and explicit ways?
o Why have we never received national coverage for our positive
What is stopping us from moving forward? The politics of domination?
Lack of commitment on the part of leadership? Media? Or not recognizing
Born in Persia (Iran) and completed his tertiary education in
1981, graduating in Fine Arts and Post Graduate Research in Ceramic
at Lucknow University in India. After coming to Australia, he
completed a Bachelor of Education at La Trobe University in Melbourne
in 1988 and Master of Education at Monash University in 1991
with a research project in Multiculturalism. In 1995, he began
a PhD in education JCU. His latest research was a Community Training
Needs Analysis for the Department of Employment, Training and
Industrial Relations. This focused on vocational training and
employment issues of culturally and linguistically diverse people
in the North Queensland Region.
Workshop or paper