Refugee Welcome Scroll visits Lake Mac

Date posted: 26 October 2018

Lake Macquarie City Council will reaffirm its status as a welcome zone for refugees with the signing today of a symbolic scroll touring Australia.

The Welcome Scroll lists local government areas across the nation officially recognised as Refugee Welcome Zones.

Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Kay Fraser, said the concept was launched in 2016 by Rural Australians for Refugees – a grassroots movement for compassionate treatment of Australia’s asylum seekers.

“We were one of the first places to declare ourselves a Refugee Welcome Zone, way back in 2002,” Cr Fraser said.

“Our long involvement with this movement really demonstrates our support for the fair and decent treatment of refugees, and the way our city embraces people of all cultures and all walks of life.”

According to Rural Australians for Refugees, a Refugee Welcome Zone is a local government area committed to welcoming refugees into the community, upholding their human rights, demonstrating compassion towards them and enhancing cultural and religious diversity in the community.

National President Marie Sellstrom said multicultural communities added value to any city in terms of culture, art, food and the economy.

“In a really significant way they add value to all of Australia,” Ms Sellstrom said.

“Welcoming refugees into our community provides a great opportunity to meet with people from other countries and hear about their hardships and challenges, and how they’ve overcome them.”

Cr Fraser will sign the Welcome Scroll at a ceremony at Council’s Speers Point administration building at 4.30pm on Friday 26 October.

Page last updated: 26 October 2018