Dalby Welcoming Community Inc. is a small but vibrant community group
that aims to make Dalby the best place to visit, live, work and play. It does
this through a number of activities, the main one being the organisation of
Dalby’s Delicious and DeLIGHTful Festival.
Dalby Welcoming Community, formed in 2008, became incorporated in
its own right in 2016.
The festival has become a whole of Dalby event as schools, kindies,
sporting groups, service organisations, youth groups, multicultural groups
and other community groups contribute and become involved in the
In recent years Dalby Welcoming Community has organised an Art
exhibition in August. In 2018 it was a Many Cultures- One Community
exhibition where the story of people from 30 different cultures was told on
30 different photo-boards.
In 2019, 80 Dalby Seniors were involved in a Billycan art Project where
they created patterns in the bottom of their billycan while exercising. They
were linked with school students who told their senior’s story and again
photo-boards were created with the art, the story and photos creating an
Skilling Queenslanders for Work Program: Dalby Welcoming Community
is currently running its fifth Community Work Skills program where
participants, mainly born overseas, study for their Certificate 2 in Skills for
Work and Vocational Pathways while gaining their work experience
through their involvement in Dalby’s Delicious & DeLIGHTful Festival.
Dalby Welcoming Community has been very successful with
the cohorts achieving 100% employment. Dalby
Welcoming Community is proud to help people from other cultures
become an integral part of our community.
RUOK Day: Dalby Welcoming Community has joined with
Lifeline Darling Downs to challenge the Dalby community to
have a thousand voices sing one song with a celebrity singer to raise
awareness of the importance of checking on others and supporting
everyone in our community. Tania Kernaghan and Brendan Walmsley
were our celebrities in 2018 and 2019.
The Physical Environment is an important aspect of any community and
Dalby Welcoming Community committed to a number of projects after it
developed the Myall Creek Masterplan. In 2010 and 2011 the group won
Healthy Community Awards totalling $800,000 to develop the city section
of the Myall Creek precinct and project managed the development.
In 2019 Dalby Welcoming Community commissioned renowned 3D Street
artist, Jenny McCracken, to paint a giant caterpillar on one of the walking
paths in the precinct. This has been a huge hit with people out walking.
Dalby Welcoming Community Inc. has developed some unique and creative art projects over the past few years to incorporate community spirit and encourage connection through Dalby and it's people
Dalby Welcoming Community Inc, has become a very successful venture in building community connections and encouraging locals to celebrate and welcome newcomers to the region.
We are humbly grateful for the acknowledgement of our efforts through local and state entities
Queensland Multicultural Awards 2017
Business Excellence Awards 2021
Finalist & Winner
Queensland Training Awards 2020
Community Training Initiative of the Year
Queensland Training Awards 2022
skilling queenslanders for work 2023
This unique and successful program by Dalby Welcoming
Community and the Queensland Government
involves the participants in many of the
behind-the-scene aspects of
Dalby’s Delicious & DeLIGHTful Festival
Participants take part in designing and building lanterns, assist in
planning the layout of the festival at Anderson Park, organise stall
holders and play an incredibly important role at the festival.
All of these activities are related to the units in the
Certificate 2 in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways.
This Skilling Queenslanders for Work Programs assists in equipping
fifteen community members each year to develop workplace skills
and build social connections leading to their jobs of choice.