Unley Publications : Unley Life Winter 2018
UNLEYLIFE 23 This year the City of Unley celebrated Harmony Day in March with a series of interactive and thought- provoking events based around the theme ‘Be Honest: Are we living in cultural harmony?’ According to the 2016 Census, almost 25 per cent of residents living in the City of Unley were born overseas and 17 per cent were from non-English speaking backgrounds. More than 50 languages are spoken at homes across Unley and more than 30 religions are practiced. Some of this year’s events included a panel discussion at Unley Town Hall and sessions at Unley Library led by eight community members who span seventeen cultures and faiths. The sessions gave at tendees an opportunity to ask cultural questions and have honest discussions. Another initiative run in association with ActNow Theatre and Reconciliation SA saw 64 students from six schools at tended a day long Generation of Change workshop focussed on anti- racism issues and positive action plans to take back to their schools. City of Unley Acting Mayor Peter Hughes says Harmony Day gave the community an impor tant oppor tunity to celebrate diversity and learn more about different cultures and religions. “In the City of Unley, we’re for tunate to have a large multicultural community that enriches the social fabric of the area,” Acting Mayor Hughes says. “Council’s Harmony Day events were aimed at creating open and honest forums to discuss cultural mat ters, promote inclusiveness and respect, and foster a greater sense of belonging.” Some of the Harmony Day interviews were recorded and are available to watch on councils youtube channel at youtube.com/cityofunley Are we living in cultural harmony? www.resthaven.asn.au Congratulations on being finalists! Resthaven and the City of Unley’s joint project ‘Unley Legends’ was a finalist in the 17th Local Government Professionals Australia, SA Annual Leadership Excellence Awards ‘Unley Legends’ was a co-sponsored initiative between Resthaven and the City of Unley in 2017. Seven older people living in the Unley area were interviewed and filmed to create short films that promote positive ageing. Two residents of Resthaven Malvern participated in the project: Rev Elwyn Penna and Mrs Noreen Bray (pictured right). Thank you! Search YouTube for ‘Unley Legends’ to view all the films.
Unley Life Autumn 2018