Did you know that nearly 10,000 Latrobe City residents were born overseas and over 5,000 people speak a language other than English at home, and these numbers have increased in recent years? From the last census, the six most common languages spoken at home are Italian, followed by Greek, Dutch, Mandarin, Maltese and German. And the largest increases in country of birth of residents have been Sudan, followed by India, China and New Zealand.
Latrobe City’s Cultural Diversity Action Plan, 2014-2018 recognises and celebrates our proud and diverse history and its focus is on continuing to enable and welcome the ongoing contribution of people from culturally diverse backgrounds in enriching our community. The Action Plan is consistent with the Council Plan and other related plans in its aim to enable Council facilities, services, information and resources to be accessible and available to all people within Latrobe City, especially for people from culturally diverse backgrounds
The Action Plan helps to raise awareness of the need to ensure Latrobe City keeps up with local demographics and other changing needs in our community, and our emerging communities. While some needs are the same, there are many cultural differences which require specific actions and acknowledgement, and the Action Plan identifies and addresses many of these.