Students of Bentley Park College have an opportunity this week to help shape the state’s multicultural policies.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said today the school would host a workshop on Thursday 13 May as part of the Queensland Government’s review of its multicultural policy.

Mr Pitt was speaking today at the twice-yearly summit of the government initiative, Local Area Multicultural Partnerships (LAMP) on behalf of Multicultural Affairs Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk.

“The school will be part of this important review, which has included community workshops all over the state since October last year,” Mr Pitt said today.

“The government is very keen to hear students’ views on how current multicultural policies can be improved for the benefit of all Queenslanders.”

Mr Pitt said a community workshop for the Multicultural Policy Review held in Cairns in March was well attended and identified areas where multicultural policy and practices could be improved.

“Forty-three people attended this workshop, representing Cairns’ broad spectrum of cultural groups and migrants, as well as peak community bodies and non-government service delivery organisations,” he said.

“The Bligh government wants this review to ensure its policy remains relevant and responsive to the state’s changing needs.

“It is part of our strong vision for a fair, equitable and inclusive society.”

Around 30 Bentley Park College students from years 11 and 12 will take part in Friday’s consultative workshop.

The Local Area Multicultural Partnerships Program strengthens multiculturalism in the Queensland local government sector.

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