Shire signs up to support refugees
The Manjimup Shire Council on Monday became the most recent local government to sign a program as a means of support for refugees.
Welcome Scroll was launched in Melbourne in 2017 and endorses participating local governments as a refugee-welcome zone.
Manjimup Shire Council is one of more than 110 local governments across Australia to participate in the Welcome Scroll program.
Shire president Paul Omodei said the 7m long scroll was an indication of the council welcoming refugees to the region.
“It is a good initiative that brings the community together,” Cr Omodei said.
“It gives me great pleasure to have signed this scroll.”
Cr Omodei said for the shire to participate in the Welcome Scroll was special because there were a lot of migrants who lived in the shire.
“As there are more and more numbers that come into our country, they will of course become part of our fabric of our society,” he said.
“The concept of the scroll is a great idea in bringing people together and breaking down barriers.
“We’re absolutely delighted to be part of the program and joining with other councils from around the nation.”
Cr Omodei said the concept of participating in the Welcome Scroll program was about assisting people in need.
“Outside our indigenous people, we were all migrants once from almost every different country in the world,” he said.
“We are a multicultural country.”
The Welcome Scroll is in the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River today to be signed.
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