The National Journey of the Welcome Scroll

The Welcome Scroll was presented to Rural Australians for Refugees by its maker, Max Govett

As part of the Rural Australians for Refugees National Conference in September 2016,

a new initiative was launched jointly by

Rural Australians for Refugees (RAR) and the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA): 

RARConf030916 Dunn 28Mayor Christine Henderson, Mt Alexander Shire, and May Rod Fyffe, City of Greater Bendigo, are the first Refugee Welcome Zone councils to sign on to the Welcome Scroll

The Welcome Scroll.

Why?
The National Journey of the Welcome Scroll is a reminder to us all of local government and community support for successful resettlement of refugees in Australia.

What?
The Welcome Scroll will function as a “baton” or “torch”, which will travel around Australia to Refugee Welcome Zones, leaving the National Rural Australians for Refugees Conference in Bendigo on 3rd September 2016.

Refugee Welcome Zones and the Welcome Scroll
It is hoped that the Welcome Scroll will be endorsed by representatives of all Local Councils who have chosen to become Refugee Welcome Zones.  The Scroll’s journey will confirm Local Government commitment to welcome refugees into our communities.

Unfortunately, it will not be possible to have the Welcome Scroll visit every Refugee Welcome Zone.   Therefore we are inviting all Refugee Welcome Zones to send an electronic signature or endorsement to be printed onto the Welcome Scroll in Bendigo prior to its journey around Australia.

From the Bendigo Advertiser:

Bendigo leads the way

The Welcome Scroll is not a petition but a message of support for refugees from communities across Australia. It will journey through Australia’s Refugee Welcome Zones.

The Scroll [was] launched as part of the Rural Australians for Refugees conference in Bendigo this weekend.

Rural Australians for Refugees is joining forces with the Refugee Council of Australia and Local Government. 

“There is widespread and genuine local government and community support for policies and programs that lead to the successful resettlement of refugees.”

Ms Govett said the Welcome Scroll will travel through all states of Australia.

“The Welcome Scroll will be endorsed by representatives of those councils who have chosen to become Refugee Welcome Zones,” she said.

“The scroll, which features impressive hand-turned redgum handles, will function as a baton as it passes from council to council, spreading the welcome message throughout Australia.

“The Scroll’s journey will confirm local government commitment to welcome refugees into our communities.”

Update 28 January 2017

The timeframe for the National Journey of the Welcome Scroll has been extended due to the request of many more Local Government Councils to be included. 

Update 20 April 2017

Most Refugee Welcome Zone Councils have now sent the information requested, and so we will begin the design and printing phase.
The Scroll will begin its National Journey from Canberra on 22 June 2017.

For more information email:  rar.australia@gmail.com

Cartoon by Nicholson from “The Australian” newspaper: www.nicholsoncartoons.com.au

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