Multiculturalism

Moonee Valley has a strong multicultural community which we are really proud of:

  • 27 per cent of Moonee Valley residents were born overseas
  • Nearly 30 per cent speak a language other than English at home
  • Moonee Valley is home to people of various faiths including Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hindu and the Baha'i Faith 
  • We also have a large recently arrived Somali community in Flemington and the Ethiopian community lives in both Flemington and Ascot Vale

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Diversity Statement

At the Council meeting on 27 March 2018, Council endorsed a statement to support diversity, access and equity in Moonee Valley, coinciding with our celebrations for Cultural Diversity Week.

The statement is a recognition of our stand against racism and discrimination and builds on commitments outlined in Council’s Diversity, Access and Equity Policy.

We will also be rolling out a number of initiatives this year to help foster social cohesion and celebrate our diversity in support of this statement.

The full statement is listed below:

Stand Together and Support Diversity statement

“Council acknowledges that Moonee Valley is home to people from all over the world. Communities of diverse cultural backgrounds, faiths, ethnicities and languages contribute to Moonee Valley as a thriving community. We believe this diversity gives great strength and vibrancy to Moonee Valley. Racism and discrimination undermine the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities; and prevent people from participating fully in everyday life. We stand together against racism and discrimination and we ask our community to do the same.”

A Taste of Moonee Valley project

What are the foods that flavour your life?

That is the question we put to the Moonee Valley community, to create a project which would showcase our city's strong cultural and culinary diversity!

22 community members have shared recipes and stories that are special to them, resulting in this unique cook book which will be enjoyed by our community for many years to come.

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Download your copy: A Taste of Moonee Valley (pdf, 5MB)accessible word (29KB)

All dishes are quick and simple to make and the book features a range of dishes including salads, desserts, meals and snacks. Try your hand at making Suqaar (Somali stew), Greek shortbread or Thai Tastic Fish and Chips, just to name a few!

To request a hard copy, email community@mvcc.vic.gov.au or call our Community Planning Officer on 9243 8888.

We stand together against racism

Racism.It Stops With Me logo

We’re committed to ensuring everyone in Moonee Valley is treated with dignity and respect.

Moonee Valley is proud of its diverse, multicultural community, and there is no place for racism of any form. In 2014, we made this loud and clear by joining the national Racism. It Stops With Me campaign.

We made a short video message in support of the campaign:

 

To find out more, visit the Racism. It Stops With Me website.

Faiths in Moonee Valley

Moonee Valley is home to people of various faiths including Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hindu, the Baha'i Faith, and has a Moonee Valley Interfaith Network which brings people of different religions together to create harmony and understanding. 

Watch this video to find out more:

Diversity, Access and Equity in Moonee Valley

Our Diversity, Access and Equity Policy adopts a human rights approach and reinforces our commitment to inclusion, access and equity for all community members, including culturally and linguistically diverse people who live, work, study and play in Moonee Valley.

Information in other languages

We provide fact sheets with important Council information in nine of Moonee Valley's top spoken languages:

More information

For more information, call our Community Planning Officer on 9243 8888 or email community@mvcc.vic.gov.au.

Last updated: Friday, 4 May 2018, 9:52 AM