“Welcoming is not just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do.”
At tonight's council meeting, Elected Members voted unanimously to officially join the Welcoming Cities Network, and in doing so, The City of Port Adelaide Enfield became the first council in South Australia to do so.
The network supports local councils and community leaders to leverage the ideas and innovation that come from being welcoming and inclusive, whilst working to remove barriers for new arrivals.
Mayor Gary Johanson said, “Welcoming Cities is an initiative for cities that want to demonstrate their commitment to providing a place where people from all walks of life can feel safe, secure and welcome.”
“As the first South Australian council to officially join Welcoming Cities, we have committed to take steps toward creating an environment that unlocks the full potential of all members of our community.”
“We recognise that cities which proactively foster an environment of belonging and participation for new arrivals as well as emerging communities, increase their social cohesion, economic capability and resilience,” he added.
“Joining the network highlights unity, shared values and will ensure that diverse voices are listened to and celebrated.”
Council will now work towards becoming accredited under The Australian Standard for Welcoming Cities to benchmark policy and practice in cultural diversity and inclusion.