Jacquie Petrusma, Minister for Disability Services and Community Development

Harmony Week bringing together Tasmania

Monday, 18 March 2019

Tasmania is a vibrant and inclusive community, and Harmony Week is a chance to celebrate the diversity that makes our state so great.

Welcoming diversity in our community is even more important now than ever before, following the tragedy in Christchurch.

Harmony Week coincides with Harmony Day, which is celebrated nationally on March 21, and provides us all with the opportunity to celebrate Tasmania’s success as a multicultural island and to promote unity, understanding and respect for all individuals who call Tasmania home.

The Tasmanian Government aims to foster an inclusive, cohesive and open community where differences in backgrounds, cultures and religion are valued and respected.

Each day, Tasmania benefits from the culture, skills, knowledge, experiences, innovation, and personal contributions of the 61,000 Tasmanians born overseas.

These Tasmanians represent 177 countries, speak 159 languages and practice 24 religious faiths. These communities enhance our connections to the rest of the world, and help promote Tasmania as a great place to live, work and invest.

A number of events will be held across Tasmania during Harmony Week, running from 17-23 March. I encourage all Tasmanians to attend an event, which are listed at: www.harmonytasmania.com