Leichhardt Greens Councillors support the establishment of a Refugee Welcome Centre

Leichhardt Greens Councillors support approaching State and Federal Governments to request funding of a Refugee Welcome Centre in the Inner City to act as a settlement hub and provide relevant support services and facilities.

“Leichhardt Greens Councillors also support Callan Park being considered as a suitable location for this refugee community hub and believe that this aligns well with the Callan Park Act and the Callan Park Masterplan which identifies the park as a future Centre of Excellence in Mental Health” said Cr Daniel Kogoy

“It’s important that we all do what we can to welcome those who come to Australia. Supporting the Syrian refugees who will soon be arriving is essential and that’s why we support community hubs.” Senator Hanson- Young said

“Leichhardt Greens know how important this issue is to our local community and we want Leichhardt Council to advocate for the establishment of a Refugee Welcome Centre and to stand up for the human rights of asylum seekers and refugees by calling for an end to mandatory detention, offshore processing and for no children to kept in detention. “ Cr Craig Channells

“We, and the Australian Greens more broadly, strongly support people who are seeking asylum,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

Leichhardt Council is also a Welcome Refugee Zone Council – one of 51 councils here in NSW and 124 councils across Australia. Welcome Refugee Zone Councils must commit to upholding the human rights – all the human rights – of refugees and asylum seekers.

“It is disappointing that Labor voted for a motion that no longer included the Refugee Welcome Centre when they had the opportunity to support a Greens motion which was identical and included the Welcome Refugee Centre.” Cr Michele McKenzie

“At the next Council meeting the Greens will restate the case for a more humanitarian approach to asylum seekers which includes unambiguous support for a Refugee Welcome Centre and call on all parties to work together to achieve this goal.” Cr Rochelle Porteous