Multicultural Australia will create welcome for refugee and migrant communities in Springfield with a new community centre at the Brisbane Lions’ Brighton Homes Arena.

CEO of Multicultural Australia, Christine Castley, said the community centre has the potential to make a significant difference in the local community.

“The community centre will become a space for Springfield residents from refugee and migrant backgrounds to access services and support that will help them feel more connected and cared for,” she said.

“We work to build communities where all people feel a sense of belonging. A part of achieving that is to create spaces for people to connect with those in their community and explore opportunities to engage with the wider community. Our new community centre will make that possible in Springfield.”

“The programs we run will be tailored to meet the needs of the community, with a focus on education and empowerment.” 

Greg Swann, CEO of the Brisbane Lions, said the state-of-the-art venue will create opportunities for women and the multicultural community in AFL.

“Brighton Homes Arena is the best of its class for women’s sport in the country and will go a long way in helping the growth of women and girl’s footy in Queensland,” he said.

“Having the Multicultural Australia Community Centre at Brighton Homes Arena is significant because it caters to the needs of the region’s growing diversity and helps individuals and families from multicultural communities feel at home in a space that is dedicated to footy.”

The community centre is the latest addition in a fruitful partnership between Multicultural Australia and the Brisbane Lions.

Opening Multicultural Australia’s community hub at Brighton Homes Arena: MA Chair Giri Sivaraman, City of Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding, Member for Jordan Charis Mullen MP, MA CEO Christine Castley, Governor of Queensland Her Excellency Jeannette Young AC PSM, Brisbane Lions Deputy Chair Sarah Kelly OAM & MA Director Diaswati Mardiasmo