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Castlemaine: Community Picnic – Welcoming Refugees

30 April 2016 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Community picnic – welcoming refugees
Castlemaine Botanic Gardens, Tea rooms

Sat 30 April, 11am to 4pm

BYO picnic lunch and a rug or chair.


Feel free to bring musical instruments,  face paints, games equipment, etc.

Tea, coffee & cordial provided, with icy poles for the kids.

A friendship initiative of Harcourt Uniting Church,

with the assistance of

Rural Australians for Refugees Castlemaine


Respect us, asylum seeker urges government  –  Extract from the Bendigo Advertiser – 25 Feb 2016.  Read the full article here

A PICNIC with asylum seekers in April will give Castlemaine residents the chance to learn more about the struggles people face after fleeing persecution.

Nicola Fortune, a member of the Castlemaine branch of Rural Australians for Refugees, said her group was teaming up with a church in Harcourt for an event at the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens on April 30. 

Members of the community, she said, were invited to come and meet a group of asylum seekers from Melbourne.

“People often don’t have a strong sense of what the experiences of asylum seekers are,” she said. “We hope that people from the community will come and meet an asylum seeker. That personal contact is so important.”


Picnic Enquiries: Solway 0410 799 297


30 April 2016
11:00 am - 4:00 pm


Harcourt Uniting Church and RAR Castlemaine
0410 799 297


Castlemaine Botanic Gardens, Tea rooms
Castlemaine, Victoria Australia + Google Map