Mayor's Message 12 June 2019

Published On 20 June 2019 at 11:50 AM

Did you know that Sutherland Shire is a Refugee Welcome Zone? I recently re-signed Council’s Refugee Welcome Zone certificate, on display in Council’s Administration building, which reaffirms Council’s commitment to raising awareness about issues affecting refugees. Being a Refugee Welcome Zone means that we will welcome refugees, uphold human rights, demonstrate compassion and enhance cultural and religious diversity in our community. To celebrate Refugee Week starting this Sunday, we’ve partnered with Gymea Community Aid and Information Service to host two movie screenings of the film Journey Beyond Fear at Hazelhurst Theatrette on Wednesday 19 June.  Filmed over seven years, Journey Beyond Fear is a feature documentary about a refugee family’s pursuit of resettlement, told through the eyes of a teenage girl and her family. Tickets cost only $5 and screenings are taking place at 1.30pm and 6.30pm, followed by a Q & A session with a guest speaker from a refugee background. We have such a vibrant, diverse and inclusive community here in Sutherland Shire where everyone is welcome, and we’ll continue to partner with community groups and businesses to engage with our community through events like this.

- Carmelo Pesce - Sutherland Shire Mayor

 

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