Amnesty bid to change refugee sponsorship
VICTORIA Park resident Eleanor Cowell has branched out as an Amnesty International volunteer and launched a specific Victoria Park working group.
The group, which started on August 2, is looking for new members to support its first mission – to bring a petition of more than 500 signatures to the Town of Victoria Park to endorse a motion supporting changes needed within Australia’s community sponsorship program for refugees.
The group plans to submit the petition to council by December.
“Victoria Park is a progressive town. It’s a refugee welcome zone and so I thought would be a good place to start an Amnesty group,” Ms Cowell said.
“Community or private sponsorship is an alternative method of refugee settlement that operates alongside Federal government programs. However, at the moment private sponsorship is very expensive, restrictive and does not provide additional places over those allowed to be resettled annually.
“So essentially we want the Town’s support in wanting these aspects of the program changed, which is something the City of Fremantle has done.”
Amnesty Victoria Park will hold meetings on the first Monday of each month, where new members can get involved.
The next is September 3 at the Dutch Trading Co, from 7pm.