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Dear LG Focus,
As Mayor of the Western Downs I have seen how great, strong, and generous our communities can be during times of need and disaster. As Australians we pride ourselves on coming together to ease suffering and provide support not only to our fellow countrymen but to all the world’s citizens facing hardship and crisis.
Our region has benefited greatly from multiculturalism and we have the capability to do our small part in helping to ease the human suffering by assisting our Nation, our State and most importantly the families that have been displaced from their country through conflict and war.
Council is concerned about the welfare of the Syrian refugees currently seeking asylum from the conflict in Syria and Iraq and have undertaken initial discussions with the State Government, extending an offer to assist in the placing of up to 1500 refugees.
These discussions were only preliminary and we are currently awaiting further negotiations once additional information becomes available, but ultimately the final decision in relation to the settlement of Syrian asylum seekers in Queensland and Australia remains with the State and Federal Governments as the lead agencies in this matter.
We would like to see the refugees safely back in their own homeland eventually, and we acknowledge that the resettling of refugees in Australia will be a complex process, but I would like to see our communities come together and step forward to assist in providing Syrian families with a safe and welcoming environment.
Cr Ray Brown
Mayor Western Downs Regional Council
Dear LG Focus,
Images of the crisis in Syria and the Middle East have touched us all and it is clear that the humanitarian situation in the region is dire. As a City we need to do what we can to help.
As Mayor, I want to ensure that those in need are looked after and that our Council can provide a voice for the vulnerable.
We stand ready to help refugees find their feet and settle into our community.
Through our close partnership with the Migrant Resource Centre and other agencies we have developed the infrastructure and capacity to welcome migrants and refugees to our community.
There is broad community support to help this group of people who are fleeing an extraordinarily deadly conflict. I am writing to NSW Premier, Mike Baird, requesting a meeting to discuss how we can assist in welcoming refugees to the City of Ryde.
Cr Jerome Laxale
Mayor, The City of Ryde
Eight Councils from the Northern Beaches and North Shore have partnered with OzHarvest, an organisation that collects surplus food from local businesses to give to charities. Read more >
There have been some extraordinary developments in Federal politics since my column last month. We have a new Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull, and we now have a Minister for Territories, Local Government and Major Projects, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, who will work with the Hon Warren Truss MP, who continues as the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development and the senior Minister in the portfolio area. We also have a Minister focused on cities, the Hon Jamie Briggs, Minister for Cities and the Built Environment, who will work with Minister Hunt in the Environment Portfolio. Read more >
The next local government elections in the Northern Territory are to be held in August 2017 following recent amendments to the Local Government Act, which extended: Read more >
Leichhardt Municipal Council has announced a partnership with Nabo.com.au, a social network that connects Australians with their neighbours.
The network assists people who want a closer connection to their neighbourhood to organise events, trade goods, recommend services or share local history and skills.
Through its partnership with Nabo, Leichhardt Council will engage directly with residents in its municipality to provide news, updates on local events and essential alerts and information.
The announcement follows exponential growth on Nabo.com.au in Sydney’s Inner West, with memberships in the area doubling in the last two months, making it the fastest growing region across the country.
Founder and CEO of Nabo.com.au, Adam Rigby said, “Research recently released by Nabo found a strong desire for closer community connection, especially in the Inner West and City, where 58 percent of people say they wish they knew their neighbours better.
“Nabo.com.au aims to build healthier neighbourhoods, reduce crime and foster a sense of connection by providing a safe and easy way for residents to connect with others in their neighbourhood.
“Our partnership with Leichhardt Council will enable the organisation to communicate directly with local residents, providing a new approach to community relationship management.”
Nabo.com.au user Sonia Anderson, who has lived in Leichhardt for over 10 years, said, “Nabo.com.au is about connecting the community, so this partnership will mean that Leichhardt Council can also connect directly with community members like myself, and keep us up-to-date with local initiatives, gain our feedback and create local events to inspire community collaboration.”