Message from the Mayor
On behalf of the Council, it is my absolute pleasure to welcome residents and visitors to the 2013 Central Highlands Multicultural festival being held on Saturday 24 August at the Emerald Showgrounds.
The Central Highlands region is a diverse community with many different cultures living, working and playing side-by-side.
Our population comes from near and far, with 13.5% of our residents from countries of origin outside Australia, with New Zealand, England, Philippines, South Africa and India ranking as the top five countries of birth behind Australia and the top five languages other than English spoken at home are Afrikaans, Filipino, Tagalog, Tongan, and Shona.    
The Festival is committed to promoting community awareness of multiculturalism and the benefits of living in a multicultural society and not only celebrating our cultural diversity, but to creating the strong, vibrant regional community that is the Central Highlands.
Sharing flavours from around the globe, listening to music that brings back memories, and entertainment that you would normally have to fly around the world to see are just a taste of what this festival brings to the Central Highlands.
This Festival is an important regional event,  and since its inception in 2005 the festival has grown attract over 6000 patrons in 2012.  
A big thank you to the support and commitment of our festival committee, sponsors, volunteers and stall holders. Without their commitment, this wonderful event would not happen.
I encourage you all to join me at the festival to celebrate and embrace the fantastic culture of our region.

Councillor Peter Maguire
Central Highlands Regional Council


Message from the Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and Commonwealth Games the Honourable Jann Stuckey

Welcome to the Central Highlands Multicultural Festival – another great Capricorn experience on Queensland’s dynamic and growing events calendar.

The Newman Government is proud to support this event through Tourism and Events Queensland, recognising the importance of events tourism in driving visitation to Queensland’s regional areas.
Events like this are not only a great source of community pride, they also bring social and economic benefits to the host community.

Tourism is one of the largest contributors to the State’s economy and through a genuine whole-of-government approach, supporting events in Emerald will help us achieve our goal to double annual overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020.

The Central Highlands Multicultural Festival is supported through Tourism and Events Queensland’s Regional Development Program, which assists communities throughout the state. Since 2001, this program has invested more than $22 million across 1,015 events.

I would like to thank the local community, volunteers and event organisers for their terrific efforts in delivering another great event for Queensland and the Capricorn region.

The Hon. Jann Stuckey
Queensland Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games