Access joins BEMAC!

Access joins BEMAC!

With the coming together of two award-winning and highly respected organisations, today marks the beginning of a new and exciting chapter for the state of Queensland.

Access Community Services Limited (Access), a South East Queensland based national leader in the provision of settlement, employment, training and youth support services for migrants, refugees and mainstream clients, is thrilled to announce a new strategic partnership alliance with the Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre (BEMAC). The lead agency in Queensland for the development, presentation and promotion of culturally diverse arts and artists, BEMAC are also the venue managers of the Queensland Multicultural Centre in Kangaroo Point, a purpose built facility that celebrates the State’s diversity through arts and cultural activities.

Joining in a shared mission to empower individuals and communities in shaping their own futures, as well as taking the lead in modeling a way forward for a sustainable arts sector, this groundbreaking new partnership alliance will see both organisations pool their collective knowledge, resources and expertise to deliver a far-reaching arts and cultural engagement program with social, cultural and economic benefits to communities right across Queensland.

Currently celebrating Access’ 30th year of operation, Ms. Gail Ker OAM, CEO of Access said of the alliance: "The Arts have always been extremely important to Access and have provided a vehicle for new migrants and refugees to express themselves, their challenges, their dreams and their triumphs. It has also been a platform to celebrate the talents and contributions of our newest Australians, especially our young people as we saw earlier this year in our Annual Youth Showcase performance.

This partnership alliance between BEMAC and Access will highlight creativity, quality and innovation in the powerful world of the arts. We share many values with BEMAC, in particular a commitment to collaboration, cultivating relationships and facilitating interactions across the community as well as working with individuals, business, community organisations, ethnic leaders and government to support social cohesion across Queensland.  

Access Board Chair, Sgt Rachel Whitford also welcomed the partnership alliance: "BEMAC is a catalyst for the multicultural arts scene and I commend the BEMAC Board for its 25 years of achievement. We are very excited about this new partnership alliance to further expand access to the arts amongst Queenslanders."

BEMAC boast over 25 years of engaging, developing and promoting multicultural arts, artists and performers statewide. Ms. Jo Pratt, CEO of BEMAC stated: "This partnership alliance between BEMAC and Access provides for shared opportunity for future growth through pooled skills, experience and expertise, networks, shared project development and delivery and resources. I look forward to steering the BEMAC ship into this new and exciting journey with Access."

Besides their shared values, both organisations also share a proven track record and strong focus of service delivery for regional Queensland, something they are very excited to now be able to develop together.  

The only Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) settlement and employment specialist in Queensland, and one of only two in Australia, Access’ existing regional employment programs in Biloela, Rockhampton, Gatton and Tamworth will see Access and BEMAC expand, develop and discover together, creating stronger connections between artists, arts-workers, communities and audiences by sharing and engaging in the Australian success story of our migrant journeys.  

Reciprocally, BEMAC, already actively delivering programming into the western corridor between Mt Isa and Longreach, Rockhampton and across south-east Queensland, look forward to working with Access, its regional programs and existing partnerships, to strengthen their joint contribution to community cohesion and well-being through the arts.

Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs, Glen Elmes welcomed the new partnership and commended the two organisations on their commitment to collaborate and extend services to many more Queenslanders. 

"Access provides the vital support and practical help for newly arrived migrants and refugees to settle into the Australian way of life, with a focus on finding employment," Mr Elmes said. "Access' investment to grow and expand BEMAC, particularly in regional areas, highlights the important role the arts plays in building confidence and bringing together communities.

Our government has outlined plans for stronger regions and we are excited to see Access and BEMAC play an active part by continuing their important work to support new arrivals in becoming active members of our local regions.

In the end, it’s all about the clients, and partnerships such as this are instrumental in delivering more efficient and accessible services for them."