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A fun trip to Egypt!

A large crowd gathered at the Gladstone Regional Libraries last week to learn about Egypt.

Dalia gave us all a wonderful glimpse of Egyptian culture through the lens of food, feasting, and fasting. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (sawm), prayer (salah), reflection, and community.

We learned of the wonderful sense of community around breaking the fast of Ramadan, where people from all levels of society gather to share food regardless of their religion, status or background.
Dalia says ‘If we are sad, if we are happy, if we are planning to travel, if we go to an event, It’s all about food. This traces back to Ancient Egypt”

Food links through the history of Egypt and some of the phrases common to the country can seem odd but still make sense and prove how universal some understandings are.
الطريق لقلب جوزك معدته
The way to your husband’s heart is his stomach
اللي اتلسع من الشوربة ينفخ في الزبادي
Those who get hurt from hot soup will blow on cold yoghurt in order not to get hurt again.

If you would like to share things like this about your own culture and do a presentation, we would love to hear from you!

Our next Culture Café in Gladstone is Wednesday June 5th. Start the conversation with us by emailing Stel (

Our Culture Cafe is made possible with funding from Australia Post, and in partnership with the Gladstone Regional Libraries and Friends of Library.


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Rockhampton Ready to Recommence Programs in Term 2

Mirjam and Joyce are getting excited in Rockhampton as they prepare for the return of our beloved programs that enrich our community: Little Steps Playgroup, the Women’s Journey Program and Women’s Circle.

After a well-deserved break, Little Steps Playgroup will resume its fun-filled sessions starting from April 15th. It’s time for our little ones to reunite with friends, explore new activities, and embark on exciting adventures together. We can’t wait to see their smiles light up the playroom once again!

For our incredible women looking to embark on a journey of personal and professional growth, mark your calendars for April 26th as the Women’s Journey Program kicks off once more. Whether you’re seeking mentorship, skills development, or simply a supportive community to thrive in, this program is designed to empower and inspire you every step of the way.

For those women who may be seeking something less formal, but still empowering and focused on companionship, Women’s Circle also begins again 17th April, running fortnightly on Wednesdays.
We’re delighted to share that enrolments for all programs are off to a fantastic start. The overwhelming response from our community reaffirms the value and impact of these initiatives. If you haven’t secured your spot yet, now’s the perfect time to join us on these exciting journeys ahead.

Stay tuned for more updates and details on how you can get involved. Let’s make the upcoming season of the Women’s Journey, Little Steps Playgroup, the Women’s Circle program truly unforgettable!

You can visit our event’s page for more details 

Last week, an enthusiastic Individual Support class were the first to use our new training room in our new premises!

New Training Room Filled with Laughter

New Training Room Filled with Laughter

Last week, an enthusiastic Individual Support class were the first to use our new training room in our new premises!

These students are learning how to best support those in our community who require assistance, support and understanding. This is vital and important to many so they can continue to participate in enriching activities regardless of any barriers they may have.

Brenda Spedding, from Simple Solutions, is our wonderful trainer. She finds the perfect balance between professionalism and humour. Her vast experience in this field and ability to communicate what she’s learned is a great asset to our students.

Laughter has long been proven to aid in learning and we are sure they are learning extremely well with the laughter we’ve heard from the room.

We are happy to support these students as they work towards obtaining their qualifications.

Skilling Queenslanders for Work is funded by the Queensland Government.

Micro Food Business Students 2024

Micro Food Business Ignites Big Dreams

Micro Food Business Ignites Big Dreams

Our successful Micro Food Business training is running again in 2024, and we have a place for you!

The 2023 graduates of our training have pursued their dreams with determination and now hold various positions within the community, utilising the knowledge they gained to their advantage.

Through this training you will learn the importance of food safety, best business practices and how to make your unique ideas stand out.

If you have a passion for food and want to pursue creating a business, we encourage you to be ambitious! Classes have commenced however, it is still possible to participate if you are interested.

Micro Food Business Training is proudly supported by Gladstone Regional Council’s Elevator Fund.

Contact us to Register your interest: or 4903 1931

Flourish Emerald

Flourish Showcases Emerald Community

Flourish Showcases Emerald Community

Over 500 people gathered to celebrate Integreat Queensland’s inaugural Flourish Festival in Emerald!

The Emerald Town Hall on Saturday, February 24th, 2024, was filled with smiling faces, community members dressed in vibrant cultural attire, and attendees enjoyed inspiring performances and delectable cuisine.

Months of dedicated effort from Coe, our Community Engagement Officer in Emerald, along with the Integreat Queensland Team in Gladstone, culminated in an event aimed at fostering understanding and recognition of the diverse multicultural community of the Central Highlands Region.

“The event offered a rich cross-section of Emerald’s community, celebrating its diverse ethnicities through a vibrant array of art and craft workshops, showcasing products, and culminating in lively displays of song, dance, and culinary delights,” Coe remarked. Local organisations were on hand to provide valuable information to both longstanding community members and newcomers, covering topics such as flood preparedness, tourism, travel, and even gem polishing.

Representatives from the community services sector were present, addressing the varied needs of youth, seniors, caregivers, children, and individuals focused on health and wellbeing. Parents felt it was a safe space for the children. The kids could be left to do activities, giving the parents time to sit, relax, watch the performances, and catch up with friends. They were also pleased the event was alcohol-free.”

Esther Arzolay, a member of Integreat Queensland’s team, joined the cultural performers on stage to sing ‘We Are Australian.’ Reflecting on the event, she said, “The entire event was just amazing!”

We are proud of our team and the Emerald community for making Flourish Emerald such an outstanding success!

Thank you to all the volunteers, Cultural fashion parade participants, stage performers, community stalls, food vendors, and to everyone who supported the event.

A special thank you to the following:

• Mayor Kerry Hayes – for opening
• Rose Sjaardema – Acknowledgement to Country

• Thomas Henderson (Haymans Electrical)
• Nick Dawson (Haymans Electrical)
• Ricki Coe (Haymans Electrical)
• Shevyaughn Frousheger (Commonwealth Bank)

• Loretta Gaudron
• Sabrina Zlatarich
• Shayne Coe
• Elder Nikula
• April & Ryan Codrington

• DJ Dave (David Crozier) who did lighting & sound, and generously donated his time! You can contact him on 0432 018 163 if you would like to access his services.

• Stage Assistant – Kimberly Ormond
• Hello Jane
• Emerald Jazz Band: Australian Anthem, Latin charts mostly American origin Coordinator Roslyn Horsfall
• Roslyn Music & St Patrick’s School Choir: range of Australian Songs – Contact Roslyn Horsfall
• Take the Lead Ballroom Dancing Inc: Barbie /Latino dance – Contact Bec Nielson
• Business is Sweet: Poi Demonstration -Contact: Rose Savage
• Boots n All Line Dancing: Line Dancing – Coordinator: Sue Wright
• Life’s Good Pilates: Chair Pilates Trainer – Loretta Gaudron
• Philippines: Singer – Coralie Higgins
• Tongan Dancer: Lahverna

Fashion Parade:
• Thailand – Renu Gooley and friends
• Fijian – Coordinator: Diana Manual Model: Theresa Manuel
• Philippines – Dyna Higgins, Coralie Higgins, April Baladjay, Grace Hatchman, and friends.

Cultural Art Workshops, Market stalls and displays:
• Central Highlands Aboriginal Corporation Toohey Conway
• Murri Links Charmaine McKeon Parlett
• A walk through time Margaret Rawsthorn
• The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints
• Studio 11 – Tiri Watene
• Business is Sweet: Rose Savage
• Author Len Bunce – Author Frank the Farting Flamingo
• Kay Town Studio
• Mumma J’s Family Craft
• Gemfields Lapidary & Craft Club
• Our Rainbow House
• Artifact Tattoo Studio
• Mask Face Painting
• Jessica Creations

• Queensland Women’s Association:
• Central Highlands Funerals:
• Hello World:
• Central Highlands Regional Council
• State Emergency Services
• head Space Emerald
• Footprints Care Finder
• CQ Supports (Disability & NDIS)
• Wellways Carer Gateway
• UnitingCare Community
• Innate Kids Chiro
• James Cook University
• Direct Chemist
• Emerald Neighbourhood Centre

Food Stalls:
• Maria’s Island Kitchen
• Emerald State High School PnC
• Mr. Coffee and Snow Cones
• Align to Purpose Nutrition
• Emerald Rotary Club

Static Display
•Legally Gifted Lawyers: Director Natalie Silvester information about estates planning and administration, grant of probate, letters of administration, and protecting inheritance.
• Queensland Health – list of services at Emerald Hospital
• Emerald Hospital Services.

Culture Cafe – April

Culture Cafe – April

We want to learn about your culture! April is the perfect time for you to join us as a presenter for Culture Cafe!

Those who attend Culture Cafe speak highly of what they have learned. Our presenters talk about their cultural experiences from their perspective, offering much more than an encyclopedia or wiki page.

Previously we’ve had presenters from Germany, Colombia, and France. We’ve enjoyed German fairy tales, been astonished by Colombian landscapes and learned about the richness of French cuisine.

If you would like to be one of our presenters, we offer support in creating your presentation and anything else you may need to feel confident. We will be confirming dates for April soon.

Please get in touch with us for more information; or 4903 1931

See how you can be involved: