BEGA Valley Rural Australians for Refugees (BVRAR) is working with other local organisations to set up a database of available housing, services, job opportunities and local groups who will be able to support refugees and asylum seekers who may come to the South Coast for resettlement.
They are looking for the following:
- Doctors (GP's and specialists), psychologists and dentists, who are willing to bulk bill;
- Teachers of English as a second language;
- Vacant granny flats, apartments or second homes on rural blocks of land at a discounted rental fee;
- Social groups willing to support refugees settle into the area and help them meet others;
- Business owners willing to offer employment and training to suitable refugees (they will have a proper working visa);
- Day care operators willing to support a family in their day care; and
- People willing to help organise and raise community awareness on the plight of refugees and asylum seekers through lectures, meetings, writing articles, radio interviews and market stalls.
If you are able to support in any of the ways described above, send your details to BVRAR at email@example.com or via private message on Facebook.
In related news, Bega Valley Shire Council’s next meeting will have a public forum presentation by the Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast encouraging the shire to expand on its pronouncement of being a Refugee Welcome Zone.
The advocates are encouraging the resettlement of some Syrian refugees in the shire.
The presentation will be at 1pm on October 14 at the council chambers at Zingel Place, Bega, and members of the public are encourage to attend.
The council meeting will continue from 2pm.
For more information on the presentation contact the executive assistant on 6499 2289