Margaret Futengim (left) with other members of the PNG community at Lockyer Valley's multi-cultural day at the Gatton Sports Centre on Saturday.
Margaret Futengim (left) with other members of the PNG community at Lockyer Valley's multi-cultural day at the Gatton Sports Centre on Saturday. Derek Barry

VIDEO: Harmony Day celebrated in Gatton

TECHNOLOGY may have turned the world into a global village, but it's still important to get the world together on the village green from time to time.  

Green was one of the many bright colours on show as the people of the Lockyer Valley got together to celebrate Harmony Day on Saturday.  

Harmony Day (21 March) celebrates Australia's cultural diversity. It's about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.  

At Gatton's Sports Centre, dozens of cultures were represented from across the world showing the vibrant diversity of the region and there was much to celebrate with a dazzling array of music and dancing and many succulent servings of great food from across the planet on offer.  

Keresi Lomata was one of many to say "Bula" (hello) from the Fijian stand.  

"We're a communal people and very family oriented," Keresi said.  

Margaret Futengim was at the nearby Papua New Guinea stand and she said her culture was very colourful, a fact reflected in the bright costumes on show.  

Virginia Haak spoke for the Filipino community and she said they were very loyal people.   "We love food, music and getting together," Virginia said.  

Food, music and getting together was a common theme across what was a well attended day.  

Ipswich West MP Jim Madden was there to represent the new Queensland Minister for Multicultural Affairs Shannon Fentiman, who was unable to attend.  

Mr Madden said Harmony Day now in its fourth year celebrated our wonderful cultural diversity and was a powerful message of equality and belonging for all Queenslanders.  

"This event showcases the new and emerging communities of the Lockyer Valley," Mr Madden said.  

"Queenslanders can take quiet pride in the way we unite the rich tapestry of cultures from across the world."  


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