The MBRC Elections are not too far away. We thought it was important for you to get to know your Candidate so sent each of them an email requesting the tell us their stance in relation to supporting a culturally diverse Moreton Bay community; one where people feel accepted, included, welcomed, and embraced. Please see Troy's response below and then make your own decision as to whether he should get your vote this coming election.
Troy Fernandez is running for Division 5. He lives in the Region with his family and has done so his entire life, having been born at Redcliffe Hospital.
In my view equality, inclusion and acceptance are all vital to the cohesion of any community. One in four people (26%) in the Moreton Bay Region are born overseas from 184 countries. More than a third of people (36.2%) in the Moreton Bay Region stated either both or one of their parents was born overseas.
As the son of two migrants, one of a Latin American origin, and my wife being Sicilian. I have affinity with non-English speaking Australians. I also understand that while Argentines and Italians have a-lot in common, they each have very different levels of community support networks here in Australia. I don't presume I know the needs of each cultural group; however, I am open to listening to any group in the region. I am aware that in Division 5 there is a large Polynesian community and I have also met with and spoken to some of the Indigenous community groups about what they are trying to achieve.
Moreton Bay has a number of multicultural events that are not only good for greater community education, by showcasing individual cultures. I also personally enjoy a number of them. Already this year Redcliffe has hosted the Blessing of the Waters with the Greek Community and Waitangi Day celebrations with our Maori Community. I would like to see the continuation of Moreton Bay Regional Councils support of these events.
I have seen a number of gaps with Councils provision of information on its services in languages other than English. I’m also aware that Council no longer employ’s a community liaison officer to assist community groups with resources and information on how to assist their clients/members. I think these are just some important initiatives to assist members of our community and our community cultural groups prosper in our community.
In relation to your questions about a multicultural action plan and supporting specific businesses. While during the course of this election I have not turned my mind to dealing with the specific issues you have raised. I understand that new Australians find it tougher to get by due to language and other barriers. I am always happy to listen to community proposals and I have an open mind on the solutions to these very complex issues.
You can learn more about Troy and what he stands for by visiting
We wish you all the very best with your campaign Troy. #unityindiversity