Refugee Welcome Zone
At its November meeting in 2004, Council elected to declare the Surf Coast Shire a Refugee Welcome Zone, signing a declaration to express a commitment to the spirit of welcoming refugees, demonstrating compassion and embracing cultural diversity in local communities.
The Surf Coast attracts visitors and new residents from around the world. The Surf Coast is also home to many active community groups that support refugee resettlement and advocacy around Australia that embody the spirit of compassion and humanitarianism. Getting involved with these groups is a great way to make a difference. These groups include:
Surf Coast Rural Australians for Refugees
Aireys Inlet Rural Australians for Refugees
Winchelsea Refugee Support Group
For more information, you can also visit the Victorian list of Rural Australians for Refugees branches.
Geelong-based community welfare organisation Diversitat provides support services for refugees throughout the region.
The Refugee Council of Australia is an independent national network committed to promoting fair treatment of people fleeing persecution and celebrating the contributions of Australians that have been refugees.