RAS refugee offer still stands
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.