MAYOR RE­SPONDS TO REFUGEES

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

NORTH Bur­nett Mayor Rachel Cham­bers be­lieves ac­cepted refugees could be ben­e­fi­cial for the re­gion.

“Coun­cil wouldn’t be in­ves­ti­gat­ing this if we did not think it would be ben­e­fi­cial to the re­gion,” she said. “Stud­ies show that mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism in­creases cul­ture and there are suc­cess sto­ries of re­gional ar­eas em­brac­ing peo­ple from different cul­tures.”

She said if refugees were to come to the re­gion, the coun­cil would not dis­crim­i­nate against them based on re­li­gion.

“We could never have a po­si­tion on the types of refugees and type of Aus­tralian peo­ple that come into our re­gion,” she said.

“That thought process is ridicu­lous.”

She said she wouldn’t be sur­prised if there were al­ready refugees liv­ing in the North Bur­nett.

“Refugees do make up part of the fab­ric of society in Aus­tralia,” Cr Cham­bers said.

“I’m sure some have found their way into our re­gion, as they do to all re­gions in Aus­tralia.”

PHOTO: TOBI LOFTUS

A GOOD THING: Mayor Rachel Cham­bers says the coun­cil would not in­ves­ti­gate re-set­tling refugees here if there was no ben­e­fit.

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