Tuesday, 23 June 2020 12:24

WSROC welcomes support for refugees

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Media release, 23 June, 2020

 

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed the NSW Government’s $4 million support package for refugee education, and commitment to holistic settlement, and urges for increased consultation with local government.

WSROC President, Clr Barry Calvert, said “WSROC welcomes the NSW Government’s increased investment in refugee education, as well as their previous commitments to boosting temporary crisis accommodation in light of the Covid-19 crisis. In these challenging times, state support is critical for ensuring local councils and community organisations can manage the increased demand for services.

“WSROC also welcomes the reappointment of Professor Peter Shergold as Coordinator General for Settlement, and whole-heartedly agrees with his focus on delivering a ‘holistic approach to refugee resettlement’,” said Clr Calvert.

“Just five Western Sydney councils – Fairfield, Liverpool, Blacktown, Cumberland and Parramatta – settle over 70 per cent of NSW’s refugee intake. These councils have long facilitated holistic settlement initiatives at the grass-roots level. From convening place-based settlement programs and sector support, to frontline service delivery, and building community cohesion via cultural celebrations; councils have their finger on the pulse of local communities,” said Clr Calvert.

“Councils are adamant that a holistic approach is critical to the best settlement outcomes. This is not just about English classes and employment programs, but ensuring local infrastructure and community services can cope with increased populations; it requires building supportive, welcoming host communities; and having all three levels of government, as well as the private and community sectors working together to deliver solutions,” he said.

“We therefore urge the Minister and Professor Shergold to work closely with local government on the development and delivery of settlement programs. Drawing on the critical local knowledge councils have will ensure that issues are being addressed in a way that best serves the needs of the community.

 

Local Government Area

No. of humanitarian entrants

2016 – 2019

Percentage of NSW total intake

(%)

Blacktown

1,412

4.86

Cumberland

1,264

4.35

Fairfield

12,785

44.01

Liverpool

4230

14.56

Parramatta

967

3.33

Total

20,658

71.22

Note: Table adapted from Department of Home Affairs Historical Settlement Data. Figures for Cumberland and Parramatta are conservative estimates only as Federal Government data has not been reconfigured to account for council amalgamation boundaries. Total intake for NSW over the same period was 29,409.

 

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