Refugee debate a good thing for region
THIS past week I have had many discussions with many different people about their views on the council’s refugee proposal.
There is a wide range of views on the subject, from people advocating passionately for the proposal to allow refugees into the region, to staunchly against the proposal because of lack of infrastructure and services available to the refugees, as well as a shortage of jobs.
The discussions I have had with people have been courteous and polite, the way a debate should be held.
Debating controversial topics, whether it be to allow refugees into the region, what the council should spend your money on, how you see the region going forward, these are conversations we have to have as a region.
The North Burnett has a 0% population growth prediction. How can we fix that? Because without population growth, our towns will surely shrink.
Is welcoming a group of refugees into an already multicultural region, thanks to backpackers, the right thing to do?
It’s not for me, as a journalist, to answer those questions. It is up to all of you to decide and I know we here at the Central and North Burnett Times will work our hardest to bring you the truth and the facts.
It’s good to see, for the most part, the debate occurring in such a courteous and polite way, especially after last year where globally we saw a lot of debates get quite ugly.