Multicultural community

Residents who live in the Wyong Shire and were born outside of Australia fall under the category of culturally and linguistically diverse people - this is abbreviated to CALD.  

Figures for the Wyong Shire from the 2011 Census indicate 12% or just over 18,000 people were born overseas.

The United Kingdom has the top spot as birthplace for our CALD residents, with New Zealand, the Philippines, Netherlands, Germany and Italy making up the top five.

Languages

Five percent of people in the Wyong Shire come from countries where English is not the first language.

In the 2011 Census, English was stated as the only language spoken at home by 91% of persons in the Wyong Shire. The most common languages other than English spoken at home were: Italian, Spanish, Filipino/Tagalog, Greek, German, and Cantonese.

Wyong Shire Council has translated a summary of the New Resident’s Book into the following languages:

If you have problems opening these PDFs, contact Council's Community Development Team on (02) 4350 5555 or use our online feedback form. See our Accessibility Statement.

Emerging trends

The 2011 Census provides an interesting snapshot of how our CALD community is gradually changing. We have had a large comparative increase in residents moving here from both New Zealand and the Philippines, with a strong increase in new arrivals from both America and South Africa.

Take a look at the Our Profile web page for a comprehensive analysis of Census data related to our culturally diverse community.

Central coast multicultural interagency

The Central Coast Multicultural Interagency (CCMI) is a bi-monthly forum for groups, agencies and individuals dedicated to supporting and nurturing our CALD community.

The CCMI meets bi-monthly at the Tuggerah Lakes Community Centre, contact Northern Settlement Services on 4334 3877 or email cc@nsservices.com.au for further information.

Multicultural Advisory Committee

The Wyong Shire Council Multicultural Advisory Committee provides a discussion and advisory forum for people from a multicultural and/or culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background.

More information on the committee and its members can be found here

Multicultural events

Harmony day

Harmony Day began in 1999 and is held each year on 21st March to celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity. 

“Harmony Day is managed by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) and gives people the opportunity to celebrate what makes each Australian unique and share what we have in common.”  http://www.harmony.gov.au/harmony-day/about-harmony-day.htm

More than six million people have settled in Australia since 1945 as the population has increased from 6 million to 20 million.

Harmony Day recognises that:

  • 43% of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent born overseas
  • Overseas born Australians have settled here from approximately 200 countries
  • Some Australians have heritage that can be traced over thousands of years
  • Australians speak over 200 languages, including many indigenous languages

Harmony Day is celebrated across the Shire with a variety of events and activities.