75% say no to refugees
Mayor wants to hear opinion of the majority
ABOUT 75% of Central and North Burnett Times readers have said they do not agree with Syrian refugees being allowed to re-settle in the region.
In an online poll conducted by the paper, of the 176 participants, only 45 of responders agreed with letting Syrian refugees into the region.
The remaining responders said they did not want refugees to settle in the area.
North Burnett Mayor Rachel Chambers said she would take the poll numbers into consideration as part of the community consultation process.
“As any politician does I have to make sure I’m getting the true figures of the majority and not the loud figures of the minority,” she said.
Cr Chambers said the public conversation about refugees in the region was pre-emptive. “We have sent letters to state and federal governments with no response thus far,” she said.
“Other councils have done similar.
“The state and federal governments have their own ideas about where refugees should be placed.
“I read an article in December saying they will be placed in Brisbane, Toowoomba, the Gold Coast and Logan only.
“We were just testing the water.
“There will be no forward progress on this until we hear back from the state and federal governments.”
Cr Chambers said it was good for the region to have the debate on whether to accept refugees.
“Any debate is a good debate,” she said.
“It means people are thinking about the issue, and that forms the basis of any debate. I have had calls about the positives and I’ve had calls about some advice in accessing services.
“I haven’t had any negative calls, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t negative thoughts out there.”
The council will investigate what the community thinks about re-settling refugees.