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Maroondah is a Refugee Welcome Zone

Refugee Welcome ZoneMaroondah became a Refugee Welcome Zone in March 2013. The declaration was signed at the Harmony Day event held on 23 March 2013. Prior to this, the Mayor and Councillors invited leaders from refugee groups to an evening event to provide the opportunity for Councillors to understand, on a more personal level, the refugee story; and for refugee community leaders to share some of the issues they face.

What is a Refugee Welcome Zone?

A Refugee Welcome Zone is 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.

The Refugee Welcome Zone initiative began in June 2002. At the time 15 councils and shires in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia were declared refugee Welcome Zones. Today more than 111 Local Government Areas (32 in Victoria) have declared themselves Refugee Welcome Zones. This initiative has proven to be a great success in connecting local governments with the issues facing refugees and asylum seekers.

Maroondah City Council is involved in a variety of activities and events to assist refugee communities to settle into Maroondah.

Maroondah Migrant and Refugee Handbook

The third edition of the Migrant and Refugee Handbook is designed for use by service providers, migrants, refugees and the general Maroondah community.

The first part of the handbook lists services available by areas of interest. The second part of the handbook identifies agencies and organizations in alphabetical order .It includes a description of the service outlining ways they may assist refugees and migrants to settle in Maroondah.

If you would like a hard copy of the handbook please contact the Community Planning and Development team on 9294 5747

PDF  Maroondah Migrant and Refugee Handbook (PDF, 1.2MB)

  Maroondah Migrant and Refugee Handbook (Doc, 114KB)

Students get an insight into careers at Council

Maroondah City Council will participate in the Foundation for Young Australians Worlds of Work Program  which is delivered nationally and aims to assist school aged students to learn the skills they need to make a successful transition into life after school.

The local program, coordinated by Outer Eastern Local Learning and Employment Network, is being offered to students of refugee backgrounds from Melba College, Ringwood Secondary College and Yarra Hills Secondary College.

Over one intensive week the Year 10 students will take part in facilitated workshops focusing on personal development, employability skills for future employment and meeting with employees from a variety of workplaces, including Maroondah City Council.

Facts and information

 Cultural Diversity in Maroondah (Doc, 14kb)

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