I was so proud to see so many people in our local community come out in force for Walk Together Logan in celebration of multiculturalism.
This event, organised by Access Community Services and other local groups, really helped to highlight just how many colourful and vibrant cultures shape our community.
Like many similar events across the country, it was part of Welcome to Australia's nationwide campaign to ensure new arrivals, like migrants and refugees, are made to feel at home in communities like ours.
But it came with a deeper meaning too.
It brought people together to say: we need to understand each other.
Because once we understand one another, we can look out for each other and look after each other.
We can believe in each other.
We can strengthen the bonds between us, not matter what country we're from.
Unfortunately, not everyone gets this and not every community is lucky enough to be as diverse as ours.
I have the immense privilege of representing people in my electorate who come from 189 different homelands.
It's the great thing about this part of the world.
But, as one of the most multicultural communities in the country, we need to set the example for others.
We need to show the rest of the country that diversity is a strength, not a weakness.
Our example should show that by really making an effort to understand one another - by appreciating our differences and celebrating the things we have in common - we are making our community a better place to live.
Walk Together Logan is one of Logan's great days in the calendar each year that really hammers this point home.
But it’s an attitude we should live by every day – not just one day a year.
First published in The Logan Reporter on 4 November 2016