Position Statements Register
|MatterMatter||MatterWollongong as an Inclusive City - Refugee Welcome Zone|
|Date AdoptedDate Adopted||Date Adopted30/11/2015|
|Date for ReviewDate for Review||Date for Review31/03/2020|
|Responsible OfficerResponsible Officer||Responsible OfficerGeneral Manager|
|DivisionDivision||DivisionOffice of the Lord Mayor|
|Position StatementPosition Statement||Position Statement
13/08/2018 - Notice of Motion - Cr Cox - reaffirm position
27/06/2016 - Notice of Motion Cr Takacs reaffirms position: Reaffirms its 2005 commitment that the Wollongong Local Government Area is a Refugee Welcome Zone.
30/11/2015 - Lord Mayoral Minute, background provided by Lord Mayor:
Wollongong City Council has made a declaration with the Refugee Council of Australia as a Refugee Welcome Zone – along with 86 other Councils nationally. This Declaration provides a commitment to welcoming refugees into our community, upholding human rights, demonstrating compassion and enhancing the cultural and religious diversity in our community. Wollongong has embraced multiculturalism over many decades and is home to people from many different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. After English, the main languages spoken at home are Macedonian, Italian, Arabic, Mandarin, Greek, Spanish, Serbian, Portuguese and Turkish. In more recent times we have welcomed Burmese, Burundian, Congolese, Togolese, Liberian, Sierra Leonean, Sudanese, Syrian, Iraqi and Iranian refugees into our community. Wollongong has reputable, well-established migrant and refugee settlement services which are both government and non-government organisations. Mainstream services with adjunct specialist refugee services and programs tasked to provide support for refugees includes settlement advice, learning English programs, job seeking, education and training, family and community services, youth services, immigration applications and advice, advice on services available from government departments, trauma counselling, cultural awareness training. Illawarra TAFE, Navitas, Illawarra Multicultural Services, SCARF, Multicultural Community Council of the Illawarra and many more organisations are equipped and ready to welcome and assist in settling newcomers.
Minute No. 170