Cathy Claxton and Robyn Fuhrmeister from Care Balonne will work with Balonne Shire Council to welcome migrant families to the shire.
Cathy Claxton and Robyn Fuhrmeister from Care Balonne will work with Balonne Shire Council to welcome migrant families to the shire. Ellen Ransley

Care Balonne, Council to work together to welcome migrants

PLANS to welcome new families to the Balonne Shire under the $300,000 grant from the Queensland Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs will be undertaken in partnership with Care Balonne.

Together council and Care Balonne plan to create a welcoming and supportive multi- cultural community for migrants and the wider community in the next three years.

Mayor Richard Marsh said the funding would allow them to work with the residents and businesses to meet Australia Standards for 'Welcoming Cities' accreditation and establish a welcoming community for skilled migrants.

The funding will be used for council to resource a Multicultural Development Officer to research and audit current community resources to meet the needs of all migrants.

This will be done through community consultation, events and workshops.

Cr Marsh said it was important for the community to understand the cultures within the shire and be open to welcoming migrants.

"Our shire population is shrinking and this project will target those skilled migrants, and their families, to provide missing skills and also boost our numbers,” he said.

"We want to assure residents that they will be consulted, and we welcome their feedback.”


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