The Free Press (Corowa)
Corowa refugee group formed
For almost a year a group of residents have been meeting at St John’s Anglican Hall in Corowa to discuss how to help establish a partnership between newly arrived refugees and the Corowa community.
The group recognises that all lives can be enriched by such involvement.
At a recent meeting it was decided to call the group, ‘Who is My Neighbour’ (The Corowa Refugee Network).
It will come under the umbrella of the Corowa-Rutherglen Minister’s Association, which involves all nine churches in the area.
People of little or no church involvement are also members of the group.
The group had a successful meeting in May with Namoi Chua, formerly Naomi Anthony of Corowa.
Naomi now works for Pioneers Australia which is an inter-church organisation working with refugees in Melbourne.
She helps co-ordinate refugee visits to country towns such as Maffra for a weekend to get a taste of rural Australia.
A committee of about 15 people were elected at a recent meeting and Fr Rex Everett was elected as chairperson of the group.
At least three members have volunteered to travel to Maffra in September to observe how a rural town hosts refugees for a weekend.
The group is planning to host a refugee weekend in Corowa in March 2018.
Anyone who has an interest in how we can better understand the refugee situation in Australia and oversees is welcome to attend the group’s monthly meetings.
For more details, contact Fr Everett at the Anglican Parish of Corowa on (02) 6033 1124.