RAS refugee of­fer still stands

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

THE Royal Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety stands by its ini­tial of­fer to house refugee Syr­i­ans de­spite Premier Colin Bar­nett say­ing about 1000 would go di­rectly into com­mu­nity care last Satur­day.

“The of­fer is still there if num­bers in­crease in the fu­ture,” RAS pres­i­dent Rob Wil­son said.

The RAS at the Clare­mont Show­ground was among or­gan­i­sa­tions that of­fered large-scale ac­com­mo­da­tion for the WA con­tin­gent of up to 12,000 es­cap­ing the Syr­ian civil war, who are ex­pected in Aus­tralia by the end of the year.

How­ever, State and Fed­eral bu­reau­crats’ de­cided to use hu­man­i­tar­ian re­set­tling pro­grams and put the refugees with not-for-profit and com­mu­nity groups in WA.

Clare­mont Mayor Jock Barker said his coun­cil was pre­pared to sup­port gen­uine refugees by or­gan­is­ing of­fers of help from vol­un­teers and church groups. Mr Barker said it would now tell the groups about the Gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion.

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