Letter of Support from Mayor Paul Pisasale

Paul Pisasale,

Mayor of the City of Ipswich

20th October 2011



As mayor of the City of Ipswich, it is with pleasure that I write to endorse efforts of Italian Festival Inc. for organising Italian Week, an initiative of the Consulate of Italy in Queensland and Northern Territory. This letter is to support their application for funding through a Multicultural Festivals’ Grant offered by the Multicultural Affairs Department of Queensland Government: Multicultural Queensland Partnership Program 2011-2012.

Over the past five years since Italian Week’s inception, the organisers have arranged a high level multicultural festival, which celebrates Italian culture and lifestyle and is fully integrated with the Queensland institutions and government organisations.

Ipswich is a highly multicultural city and home to more than 170,000 people with residents from 115 countries, speaking over 80 different languages. Just one of those languages is Italian, and we are happy to embrace Italian celebration in conjunction with the Ipswich Festival, revolving around the best parts of the culture-food, wine, music, theatre, Vespas and cars.


The Australian Italian Community has been a strong supporter of Ipswich, particularly after the January flood when the Italian Chamber of Commerce raised $250,000 for the Ipswich Flood Appeal at an event in Sydney.

We have seen many rich cultural events which have been offered free to the citizens of Brisbane and surrounding region including several concerts, collaborations with art galleries, Orchestra, Opera Queensland and many others.


Italian Week has become the focal point of Italian community and for Australians interested in many facets of cultural and multicultural activities at one of the world's oldest and richest civilisations.


The organisers have put together programs over the years that have incorporated many groups and organisations both of Italian and non-Italian backgrounds and have come together to celebrate the richness that each culture brings when they are fused into unique landscape of Multicultural Queensland.


Italian Week represents a great opportunity for truly celebrating the many generations of immigrant culture present in Queensland.

I personally have Italian background and appreciate the commitment to the community and passion for the promotion multiculturalism in Queensland.

I applaud the not-for-profit organisation for their hard work and wish them every success with their application.


Yours sincerely


Mayor Paul Pisasale

City of Ipswich


Letter of Support from Major Paul Pisasale for Italian Week

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