Mayor shows compassion for refugees

Redlands for Refugees with their banners at a protest meeting in June for World Refugee Day.REDLAND City Council will consider its options for playing a role in helping Syrian refugees.
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Mayor Karen Williams said theRedlandshad always been a compassionate and caring community and open to helping people build new lives.

“There are no doubt members of the Syrian and other communities here who would be keen to be involved,” she said.

“As most will not arrive until mid-next year, there is no doubt much planning to be done at federal and state level before the Syrian refugees can be placed.

“In the meantime, humanitarian and refugee settlement agencies will be gearing up to provide them with cultural orientation, health care and other assistance, as well as housing.

“If this city can play a role, I would be happy to listen.”

Cr Williams was speaking out afterPrime Minister Tony Abbott confirmed Australia would “move quickly” to accept an extra 12,000 refugees affected by the conflict in both Syria and Iraq.

He also announced plans for Australia toextend its campaign of air strikes from Iraq into Syria.

Redland residents banded together in June to form Redlands for Refugees, a group which held a rangeof events to welcome foreign refugees to the city.

The group invited people to take photos to welcome refugees and asylum seekers and post them online at”Real Australians Say Welcome”.

Redlands for Refugees coordinatorPastor David Buschsaid there was great interest in the Redlands for the wellbeing of refugees.

This year Redlands for Refugees group Lyn Moore of Wellington Point, Sylvia Jones of Thornlands, Marcela Moreno and coordinator Pastor David Busch did their bit to welcome refugees to the city.

“This is an opportunity for people in the Redlands to express their support for a more compassionate, dignified and just treatment of asylum seekers and refugees, and to show that Redlands is a welcoming, generous city for all newcomers,” Mr Busch said.

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