11 June 2008
Nations unite in Brisbane football tournament
Brisbane hosted Queensland’s largest multicultural football tournament over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, in an attempt to promote harmony within the community.
In 2005, the annual tournament started with eight teams competing in the two-day event. Now, 32 cultures are represented and have around 10,000 people watching on the side-line. Multicultural performances, international food stalls, and rides for the children are all part of the side-line entertainment.
The tournament is a joint initiative of the Queensland Police Service (QPS) and the Ethnic Community Council of QLD (ECCQ). The purpose is to encourage cultural harmony in a largely multicultural environment, using sport as a medium.
"This tournament and the festivities organised around it will highlight the wonderful tapestry of cultures we have in this area and across the state. Multicultural sporting events, such as this, help bring our communities together, encouraging cultural harmony and understanding," said Annastacia Palaszczuk, Member for Inala.
The teams at the tournament this year represented an eclectic mix of cultures; including Hmong, Greek, Fijian, English, African, Australian and the Queensland Police Service.
The initiative is indicative of the Queensland’s Government’s approach to incorporating Australian immigrants into Australian lifestyle. At the moment, Queensland has shortages in the employment force that needs to be filled, and are recruiting for skilled migrants and workers to migrate to Australia.
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