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New multicultural centre arrives at Lions Arena

Daniel Bouwmeester    May 6, 2023    2 min read   

Brisbane Lions’ Brighton Homes Arena welcomed a new multicultural community centre established by Multicultural Australia – an organisation dedicated to supporting newly arrived Queenslanders.

The Multicultural Centre will provide a space for Springfield residents who come from a refugee or migrant background to access support to help them feel more connected and cared for.

The services include support for young people, employment, and community development so individuals can access culturally informed and client-centred services tailored to their needs. These services also complement the ongoing delivery of the humanitarian settlement program into Ipswich and Springfield.

Multicultural Australia CEO Christine Castley says the Brisbane Lions are an organisation aligning with the values and vision of Multicultural Australia to welcome people from every community.

“The multicultural community space in Springfield is the product of Multicultural Australia’s long-standing partnership with the Brisbane Lions.”

In 2022, Multicultural Australia hosted a citizenship ceremony together with the Brisbane Lions at The Gabba right before the match between the Lions and Gold Coast Suns.

While the multicultural space has only recently launched in February, Multicultural Australia is already working with the community to identify the best ways to use the space to ensure it is an easily accessible gathering point for people from many cultural and religious backgrounds.

In addition to improving the multiculturalism of Springfield, Greg Swann, CEO of the Brisbane Lions, is hopeful that the venue will create opportunities for women and the multicultural community in AFL.

Multicultural Australia also offers multicultural spaces in Brisbane, Logan, Inala, and Redbank Plains.

Caption: Image: Multicultural Australia.

by Austin Chen.

Daniel Bouwmeester

Daniel was born in a mining town in New South Wales to Dutch and Welsh immigrants, before relocating to Logan City, where he attended Canterbury College for twelve years. He pursued his passion for music by completing a first-class honours degree at the University of Queensland (UQ), and later signed with a local record label. He has travelled the world from a young age, including a student exchange in rural France, a job working the ski lifts in Colorado, and visits to the islands of the South Pacific. After a six-year career in market research, Daniel returned to UQ to complete a Bachelor of Journalism and Arts dual degree, majoring in political science. His varied experiences at home and abroad have contributed to a passion for spreading good news while defending the truth buried inside complex societal paradigms.