RAR’s fight for
Refugee Welcome Zone not over
Angela Tucker, Maryborough District Advertiser,
Maryborough Rural Australians for Refugees members Joan Ansell, Val Park, Jeanne Hart and Max Berry say they are disappointed with the Central Goldfields Shire decision to reject a call for the shire to become a Refugee Welcome Zone.
Maryborough Rural Australians for Refugees have said they are bitterly disappointed with the Central Goldfields Shire council’s decision to reject a call to become a Refugee Welcome Zone but have vowed to continue their fight for change.
Central Goldfields Shire Councillor ’s last month unanimously supported a motion to not declare the shire a Refugee Welcome Zone, arguing that the sentiments of the Maryborough Rural Australian for Refugees are embodied in the draft Council Plan for the next four years.
Maryborough local and RAR member Jeanne Hart has hit out at the council decision, saying the declaration to become a Refugee Welcome Zone does not “demand signs or symbols” and that if the shire is welcoming and inclusive, the declaration should have been passed.
“Becoming a welcome refugee zone is a statement from council that does not mandate spending any money or doing anything except saying that the shire is a welcome zone,” Ms Hart said.
“It’s a complete misunderstanding that as soon as you become a welcome zone that the shire will have influx of refugees moving here.
This is the third time Maryborough RAR has brought the issue to council and Ms Hart says the group “will not give up”.
For more on this story see Page 3 of The Advertiser, Friday, June 9
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