AN IPSWICH businessman and a Springfield based training organisation have both been recognised for making an outstanding contribution to improving community harmony and cohesion at the annual Queensland Cultural Diversity Awards.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs Minister Glen Elmes said the awards were an opportunity to acknowledge the inspirational Queenslanders who have supported and promoted Queensland's cultural diversity around the state.
Indian Mehfil restaurant owner Rajesh Sharma was the recipient of the Minister's special award for Community Harmony.
Mr Sharma was recognised because of his efforts to support the Ipswich community in the face of a number of incidents involving alleged racial vilification.
Australia City College located in Springfield Central won the Education and Training Award Category.
Established in 2000 the college is a registered training organisation specialising in training students whose first language is not English. The College has distinguished itself as an innovative education provider to students from African, Middle Eastern or Asian backgrounds.