Diverse cultures and languages


Council is committed to promoting and supporting multiculturalism, ethnic affairs, cultural diversity, community unity and harmony across the Tweed.

To contact a member of the Community Development Team, please call 02 6670 2400 or email tsc@tweed.nsw.gov.au

Refugee Welcome Zone

The Refugee Welcome Zone is an initiative of the Refugee Council of Australia and began in 2002 as part of Refugee Week celebrations.

Becoming a Refugee Welcome Zone is 'a commitment in Spirit to welcoming refugees into our community, upholding the human rights of refugees, demonstrating compassion for refugees and enhancing cultural and religious diversity in our community.'

At a meeting on 17 September 2015, Council resolved that 'Council joins the initiative of the Refugee Council of Australia in making a declaration that Tweed be identified as a Refugee Welcome Zone.'

For Tweed Shire, becoming a Refugee Welcome Zone is a community relations initiative rather than a service provision initiative.

Events and activities

Harmony Day - an annual event organised by the Far North Coast Multicultural Working Group. See Harmony Week

Committees, interagency, networks and working groups

The Project Officer - Community Development attends the following group to advocate for multiculturalism across the Shire.

Far North Coast multicultural working group

The working group delivers activities and projects to encourage inclusion and participation for the multicultural communities of the Tweed.

Group members include non-government funded organisations, volunteer groups and individuals of the CALD community as well as local, state and federal government representatives.