MULTICULTURAL PARTY: Tsegd Gebrekidan and Abrahet Tesfamarian make Eritrean coffee.
MULTICULTURAL PARTY: Tsegd Gebrekidan and Abrahet Tesfamarian make Eritrean coffee. Rob Williams

Warm welcome for new Ipswich locals

Charlotte, Valiant and Bethany Eaton enjoy the Welcome to Ipswich celebrations at Queens Park on Saturday. Rob Williams

QUEENS Park was buzzing with action and excitement when our newest locals were welcomed to town in true Ipswich style.

Music, food, entertainment and community spirit were abundant at the annual Welcome to Ipswich celebrations on Saturday.

Many locals came out to enjoy the festivities and say gidday to our new residents.

The celebrations featured a range of multicultural performances, ranging from a traditional indigenous performance and smoking ceremony, to school bands and a drumming circle.

The Queens Park event also provides an opportunity for local community groups and government services to provide information and connect with migrant families who may need support as they settle into their new home.

Mayor Paul Pisasale said Ipswich was a community made richer by the coming together of people from hundreds of ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

"When we are united as one community made up of different backgrounds, languages, customs and faiths, we have an opportunity to learn from each other," he said.


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