Come on in! Welcome to Toowoomba, a Refugee Welcome Zone
TOOWOOMBA is set to become the third local government area in Queensland to become a Refugee Welcome Zone.
A Refugee Welcome Zone is a local government area that has made a commitment in spirit to welcoming refugees into the community, upholding the human rights of refugees, demonstrating compassion for refugees and enhancing cultural and religious diversity in the community.
This public commitment is also an acknowledgment of the tremendous contributions refugees have made to Australian society in the fields of medicine, science, engineering, sport, education and the arts.
"We are proud to recognise the work of families, schools, churches and service providers who have made Toowoomba a place of welcome for refugees over the years," Mayor Paul Antonio said.
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"In joining Brisbane, Townsville and 80 other welcome zones across the country we also recognise the extraordinary courage and resilience of people who have sought protection in our community.
"We have doctors, nurses, teachers and engineers who have all made a new life for themselves in Toowoomba.
"We are all the richer for their contribution to our community."
This Saturday, Cr Antonio along with Bobby Whitfield, a member of the Refugee Council of Australia, will officially declare Toowoomba a Refugee Welcome Zone.
The declaration will be part of the Walk Together community event that will start from the Village Green (behind Toowoomba's City Hall) at 12.45pm.