On 18 June 2015, the Adelaide Hills Council declared itself a Refugee Welcome Zone. The report is available here.
This is an initiative of the
Refugee Council of Australia and is defined as “a Local Government area
which 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.”
declaration does not confer any formal obligations, Council did not want it to
simply be a token gesture. Therefore, research was conducted from March to July
2016 to discover what it means for Council to be a Refugee Welcome Zone and how it can be achieved.